Planning a house renovation soon? Don’t worry; this article will help you make fewer mistakes than accepted!
People often take up home renovation projects without realising the severe consequences that follow. Yes, it may sound exciting at first, but when you go ahead with the idea, then you will realise the significance of hiring an experienced professional for the job.
You may have successfully handled small room or garage renovations on your own; however, when the entire house is concerned, it may overwhelm you. Anyway, read ahead to identify the typical DIY home renovation mistakes that you need to absolutely avoid:
1. Overstepping the budget
The primary step is to fix a budget for the project, right? You assess the repairs and replacements, and accordingly, estimate the costs. However, no matter how you may have estimated the expenses, it will go higher because such projects involve too many uncertainties. One practical approach is to estimate a budget for the project, then take away 20% of it for contingency purposes. If you handle the work within 80% of your comfortable budget, then when it goes higher, you will not have a severe problem with it. Sounds good, right?
2. Getting emotional
Furniture, interiors, repairs, replacements, vendors and whatnot. All this can be pretty overwhelming, which will make you emotional at some point during the project. Emotional decisions can never be practical. Period! Stressed, frustrated, sentimental or tired; no matter how you are feeling, you have to understand the significance of the renovation. Take small steps to avoid stressing yourself severely. Involve your family and friends because more hands will mean less burden on your shoulders. Moreover, don’t leave an area unchanged because of the sentimental value that it may have; you need to upgrade your lifestyle, so stop dwelling in your past; move on.
3. Expecting everything to go according to the plan
Nothing ever goes according to the plan. As already mentioned above, uncertainties are a common phenomenon, especially with tasks like these. So, when it does not go according to the plan, don’t get emotional. Always have a contingency plan by your side to ensure that the renovation does not stop. If you are prepared for mess-ups, then it will also make sure that you don’t experience severe financial losses during the process.
4. Price vs quality
What do you prefer: price or quality? Although you already know that quality needs to be your priority at all times, but do you actually consider this? During home renovations, considering the quality of appliances and products is crucial not only for the appearance of your place or your lifestyle but also for the safety of your loved ones. A cheap roof may drip and break during the rainy season or what if your low-quality oven gives an electric shock to your wife? Sounds devastating and a little too dangerous even to risk it, right? Stay within the budget, but don’t compromise on the quality of the products that you use.
5. Measuring ‘em incorrectly
The technical expertise of a professional comes into play when you measure the area because a small mistake can cost you a fortune. People often miss by an inch while measuring the area of the room, walls and roof etcetera, which will lead you to buy furniture, carpets as well as wall hangings of the incorrect dimensions; all will be wasted. Every inch matters!
6. Trying to get everything done by yourself
Are you Superman? One person cannot take care of the entire renovation project because there are too many variables that require attention simultaneously. Painting the rooms, picking out the furniture, taking measurements accurately, using heavy-use adhesive tapes and many more such tasks can be accomplished more efficiently with a few more hands. As already mentioned above, involve your family and friends to avoid stress and ensure optimum results.
DIY is fun; however, some tasks are better handled by experts. So, recognise the efforts that will be required and accordingly take up the work.