4 Mistakes to Avoid in Home Improvement Projects

For me, the best part about owning a home is that I could do whatever I wanted with it—no questions asked. But of course, I have to make sure any changes I make to my home are smart ones. After all, some home improvements and alterations might decrease the value of my home.

If you’re planning to give your home a facelift through a contractor in the next few months, you may not be able to anticipate everything. But staying away from the mistakes enumerated below will save you time and money and ensure the project runs smoothly.

1. Underestimating time and cost

Before you start, make a list of the required steps; take a second opinion if you think you may be forgetting something. It is also a good idea to give the project more time, since they often stretch beyond the estimated length of time.

Because it may seem easy to tear down a wall, or pull the cabinet away from a wall, but the truth is there are components that you might not have considered, such as the electrical components behind the walls. That extra budget you keep aside will come in handy in such instances.

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2. Ignoring insurance coverage

Let’s say you’re remodeling your washroom, but during the installation of a new sink, the plumber damages the plumbing. It skips your eye at first, but weeks later, your washroom starts to flood and damages the floor, which makes you liable for the damages caused to anyone involved, even neighbors.

Insurance coverage can help pay for the costs and damages of a lawsuit. All contractors and builders need this basic coverage for protecting themselves in case of property damage, and coverage can also help in protecting the contractor’s equipment, as well as other liabilities on one's premises.

3. Going too cheap

Cheap isn’t good; inexpensive is. Many of the equipment, supplies, and tools you’ll buy for home improvement might be more expensive than you expected. Some items will be rated according to how they're going to be used. If you buy light and inexpensive material for a heavy-use project, it is going to wear out quickly.

Likewise, demolition creates a lot of garbage and getting rid of this garbage requires high-quality material. Before diving into the bargain baseband brands, think carefully about what areas supplies and tools will be used for, and whether lighter material will be able to last through the improvement processes.

4. Going overboard with improvement

Oftentimes, homeowners go overboard with home improvement projects, such as putting in bigger items than there should be in a bathroom or a kitchen remodel. This could come in the form of a giant piece of furniture, or large cabinetry, that makes the bathroom space feel cramped.

Instead, all there is really required is a new pedestal sink with good clean lines and less storage space. That is because most bathroom supplies can be stored in the linen closet. The result will be improvement that is roomier and increases the value of your home to prospective buyers.

Home improvement mistakes: You can avoid them!

While it’s affordable to carry out improvements yourself, you can easily get overwhelmed—this is especially true for new homeowners who possess little experience with construction projects. Making small mistakes can quickly raise the project’s cost, so it’s important that every move is well-planned and thoroughly researched.


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