Remodeling your home is a great way to put your own stamp on it, give yourself a little extra space, and even increase the value of your home. But, if you get it wrong you can actually damage the value of your home!
That’s why you need to be aware of the most common remodeling mistakes, then you can ensure you don’t make them!
Setting the Schedule
Enthusiasm is great when it comes to remodeling but, you also have to be realistic. If you currently work 40+ hours a week and have a family to look after you can’t suddenly find another 40 hours to remodel part of your home.
Don’t forget that remodeling can make it difficult to live or use part of your home. If this goes on for a long time tempers are likely to be frayed. Be realistic about the time you have available and what you can do yourself.
Remember the outside
It’s easy to forget that the outside needs love and attention as well. In fact, adding vinyl cladding to your home can make it easy to maintain it and ensure your home looks more desirable. That’s good to make the neighbors jealous and in case you decide to sell.
Get The Right Permit
If you’re changing features or adding space you’re probably going to need a permit. It’s essential to check with your local planning office before you start any major remodeling projects. It’s better to have the permits first than to be told to undo your work.
Planning The Detail
It’s essential to spend as much time as possible planning your remodeling project first. You can’t change your mind midway through the project as this is likely to cost you significantly more money and could even leave you with a less desirable finish!
Get The Right Tools
When planning your job it’s a good idea to consider what tools you need. In some cases, specialist tools will make the job much easier and faster. This means you need to factor in buying or hiring the necessary tools. If you don’t it will either blow your budget or take you much longer than it should.
In fact, in some cases, you’ll cause more damage without the right tools.
Measuring twice before cutting anything is a great motto to live by. This will help to ensure your cuts are accurate and you’re not wasting time and money on materials. Messing up a cut just gives you another headache.
It’s tempting to choose the cheapest materials available in order to keep costs down. This is a sound principle but you need to verify the quality of the product you’re buying. In some cases going for the cheapest is simply a false economy. It will wear out much faster than the more expensive option.
This is your home and your remodeling project. While it’s nice to have a trendy home this may not be the most practical option for you, and you’ll probably need to remodel again in the near future.Building trends change too quickly to jump on the latest bandwagon.
The only exception is if you’re doing the work now to sell straight away, then it may help its appeal.