Mistakes To Avoid During Home Renovations

Home renovation ha its own ups and downs. Often, when we visualize what we want, it does not come out the way we want it to, due to other inevitable factors like safety, aesthetics and convenience. In addition, there are times when we simply want to realize whatever we want for our house without actually considering the house itself.

So for you to avoid unwanted mishaps during home renovation, here are several mistakes to keep in mind to avoid.

  • DIY everything

You may ask, “Is DIY not good then?” Of course it is! DIY is actually great since it is not only practical but enables you to personalize your house. But, be realistic! Not all aspects of home renovation can be done by you. There are tasks that you cannot do alone or- even if a friend helps you- you still cannot achieve the results you want. If you cannot do it, don’t push it. Get a specialist to do it. It will save you the cost of not doing the job again and sometimes much safer for your house.

  • Renovating your home to something it is not

It does not mean that when a glass door works for your neighbor’s house, it will also work for your house. Do not try to incorporate things that will not go well in your house or will deviate from the essence of your house.

  • Planning your budget less than what it should be

Home renovations, in any manner, can be very expensive. So, it is best to plan your budget much higher than anticipated cost. This will make room for some price adjustments or other accidental repairs needed during the renovation. If you have a smaller budget, expect that the overall result will more or less be more than 50% of the projected outcome.

  • Buying the cheapest material

Yes, you are on tight budget. But, it is still not a good reason to skimp. Often, buying cheaper material will make room for more repairs in the future, which will accumulate much higher expense than buying an expensive but longer lasting material.

  • Working on the projects one-by-one without taking advantage of projects to work on another

When we do home renovations, we usually break, tear or destroy something. This will expose you to more aspects in the house that needs repair. For example, if you plan to change the backsplash of your kitchen wall, it is also time to inspect the wires and tubes exposed by an open wall to make sure everything is still operating well.

-M. Germaine Parra
D.C. Area RealtorFeng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA  22101
Fax:   703-873-1901
Cell:  703.650.8838

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