If you are wanting to make some changes to your home, then this transitional period from summer to autumn can be the perfect time to do so. Anything from a small DIY project to a grander kitchen remodel is made easier with some tips and tricks from the pros, though, right?
There can be plenty of things that can go wrong with a house remodel. But it is even worse if there are things that you could have done in order to prevent the problems from happening. So today, here are some mistakes to avoid when making changes to your home.
Mistake #1: Buying Cheap Materials
When it comes to your home and where you’re living, then for many things, you do get what you pay for. You don’t have to get the most expensive granite kitchen worktops that are out there, for example. But it does help to allow a slightly generous budget, especially when it comes to building materials.
Mistake #2: Inaccurate Measurements
If you are doing some of the work or renovations yourself, then accuracy is really key. Don’t rush when it comes to taking measurements. Even a few centimeters here and there can really make a difference. From wallpapering to sawing wood; check your measurements, and then check them again!
Mistake #3: Skipping The Proper Prep Work
Many things around the home need to properly prepared in order for it all to run much more smoothly. Take something as simple was wallpapering, for example. The walls need to be washed with sugar soap and then left to dry, as well as checking that all old wallpaper has been removed. Some holes might need to be filled too. Sadly, it isn’t as quick and easy as just sticking paper to a wall. When prepared well, it will last longer – and look so much better.
Mistake #4: Using The Wrong Tools
There is a reason that they say that a bad workman blames his tools. Because at the end of the day, you need to be making sure that you’re using the right tools for the job. Even though a screwdriver and a drill seem pretty similar, the results from each can be rather different. So check the tools needed for each job if you’re doing it yourself. At least you can expect that a professional would have all of the right tools needed.
Mistake #5: Not Budgeting Well
There is no getting away from the fact that not budgeting well can cause problems when it comes to home renovations. If you underestimate what you’re going to spend by quite a lot, then it can end up leaving you looking for a way to get some secured lending to finish the work off. The key is to not rush and plan everything carefully. Check in stores for prices or with tradesman for what the costs will be. Then stick to the plan that you’ve made.
Mistake #6: Taking on More Than You Can Handle
If you make the mistake of doing more than you’re able or taking on more than you know what to do, then it can lead to mistakes and shortcuts. This can end up being very costly in the grand scheme of things. So if you feel like you’ve taken on too much, get help! But a solid plan of action in the first place should avoid this.
Mistake #7: Not Checking Permissions
For some work around the house, you will need to get permits or planning permissions from your local council. There is no getting away from this, unfortunately. If you build or extend your home without the right permissions in place, it can mean that you end up being fined, as well as invalidating your home insurance. So it is not a risk worth taking.
Mistake #8: Not Checking Legal Limits
If you have been living in a home that hasn’t had any major changes to it for a long time, then you need to check that the legal things are when you look to make some changes. Plug sockets need to be a certain type now, as well as electricals in the kitchen being a certain way. Fire alarms have legal requirements too. So make sure that you check what these are before you make changes or renovate.
All in all, the issues can be resolved by making the proper plans. It can be exciting to come up with an idea for your home and then just want to get on with it. But if you want to do a good job, not have it cost you a fortune, and keep it all legal, then you need to take time to plan it all out.