4 Home Improvement Mistakes to Avoid
Your home is perhaps the most important and valuable asset you own; more than that, it’s your personal haven, the place you go to retreat from everything else that bothers you. It’s a possession you saved up for long to buy, one you purchased after much deliberation and research. So when it comes to improving its value and its aesthetic appeal, it’s best to give it a lot of thought so that you don’t end up spending money, time and effort unnecessarily. A few home improvement mistakes you must avoid are:
- Remodeling for the wrong reasons: It costs money to improve your home, and whether you hire someone to do it or DIY, it takes effort and time and is also a major inconvenience to the others who live in it. So when you decide to renovate, it must be for a good reason – you want to boost the value of your home before you sell it, or you must undertake certain repairs for maintenance reasons, or you are trying to improve living conditions and boost comfort levels for your family. If you remodel your home just for status reasons or because you want to go one up on your neighbors, you’re only going to end up with a hole in your pocket and in the deep hole of debt.
- Being in a hurry: To use a cliché, haste does make waste when it comes to improving your home. You may be excited at the thought of effecting positive changes, so you tend to go ahead without thinking of the consequences. And in the process, you may end up destroying walls and other structures that are essential to the stability of the building, or you may tear out floors and other fixtures without assessing if you can improve on them at a viable cost. When you rush through the job without stopping to think it through, mistakes happen and they become additional expenses for you to bear.
- Not planning properly: A home improvement project is similar to building a home from scratch; in fact, it’s actually more difficult to renovate your home than build a new one because you have to tread carefully in an existent structure to avoid pipe bursts and electrical accidents. So before you begin, plan what you need to do, and how and in what order to do it. Bring in a professional to handle this part of the job if you’re not familiar with renovation work. This not only helps you minimize your expenses, it also makes the job easier and simpler.
- Ruining some fixtures in the process of improving others: When you’re pulling down walls or painting, you risk getting other parts of your home dusty and covered in debris or paint if you haven’t taken the precaution of laying a tarp or other protective covering over your furniture and appliances. Also, when dragging furniture, you risk ruining your hardwood floor if you don’t use coasters or other appropriate mechanisms. So before you begin, protect your furniture, walls, floor and appliances from grime, paint and dust so that they’re not ruined.
In general, it’s best to have a plan and various backup plans in case of emergencies when you’re planning a remodeling project.
This guest post is contributed by Nicole Adams, she writes on the topic of construction management degree . She welcomes your comments at her email id: nicole.adams83 [at] gmail.com. Image credit: here, here, and here.
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