Nov. 26, 2015
All those people on HGTV (and TLC, and ABC, and NBC, and CBS, and every other channel on basic cable) make home remodeling look so easy right?
Many homeowners undertaking home improvement projects realize that DIY remodels and renovations were much more difficult than originally planned. Now, some homeowners are stuck with a refrigerator in their living room because they made some of the most common remodeling mistakes. As you get ready to remodel your house, plan for the necessary and unnecessary, and do your research to avoid some of the most common remodeling mistakes. Here some of the biggest remodels mistakes with some helpful tips.
Here is a link to a Home Improvement Planner App this App will help you keep control of your budget.
Failure to understand the Scope of the Project
Swinging away with sledge hammers, as seen on TV, is not always the best method for demolition, most disasters happen during demo. It can be exhilarating to tear down a wall and see your vision start to come to life, but was it in your plans for that wall to come down? Although funny when it happens on TV but it won’t be when you do it. Develop a destruction plan; and your wallet, sanity, and well being to yourself and others will be spared.
The wait at the ER is long enough already – no reason to add to the wait by ignoring long standing safety precautions. This includes the ones you were taught when you were a kid. Turn off the breakers when working with electricity and don’t stand on the tops of ladders. Yes, you have to wear the dorky safety goggles. I know they’re not flattering, but you don’t want the alternative.
Don’t Blow your Budget
Remodels are one thing you don’t want to be ‘cheap’ on, but don’t blow your budget just to get the best of all worlds. Unless you have unlimited financial resources, set your budget before you start tearing down walls. Estimate all costs, even the little ones like nails and screws.
Build in a Contingency fund - have 25% more money than the budget to begins with, just in case. Start off with a list of “must haves” for your project and then include a “nice to have” list as well, just in case the budget allows for it. Start the project with enough money to complete the project, better to put off and save up than to have a half finished remodel with plastic tarps all over the place.
Overestimating your DIY Abilities
Overzealous homeowners may see a renovation project on TV or in a magazine and immediately think they can do the work themselves. It doesn’t matter how many YouTube videos you watch. Sometimes, you need to call in the professionals.
Be the bearer of money for remodeling, not the bearer of expertise. Complicated projects like installing a roof, hanging drywall, and rewiring electric can be labor intensive and will have a lifelong effect on the value of your home. Don’t avoid a contractor just to save a little money.
This would be a good time to invest in a little money for a Angie's List account, see what other people have to say about the contractors you are about to hire.
Choosing the Improvements
If the ultimate goal is to sell your home, opt for renovations that will look beautiful through the ages and avoid bold choices that may only appeal to a select few buyers. Make sure you pay attention to the things that really matter, like structural damage, electrical wires, and busted pipes.
Expecting everything to go as Planned
Optimism is great, but a nice healthy dose of reality will go a long way! Knowing what could potentially go wrong puts you in a better position to handle problems as they arise. Having that extra set of Contingency Money set aside will help too! Plan for a few hiccups along the way.
As long as you have a budget and a plan, remodeling can be a fun project that brings the family together.