Undertaking a home remodeling project — no matter what the size or budget — can be a big deal. There are many aspects that you need to take into consideration and the larger the project, the more things that can go wrong. Today, we will discuss some common home remodeling mistakes homeowners can make when performing home improvements.
Common Home Remodeling Mistakes
From under-budgeting your home project to hiring a fly-by-night contractor, there are many mistakes a homeowner can make when remodeling their home. To help you avoid some of the more common home remodeling “don’ts,” we have provided some tips below.
Taking On Home Projects Above Your Skill Level
Tackling home projects on your own can be fun and a good way to save money. Things can quickly turn sour, however, if you take on a home improvement that is above your skill level. Not only can you mess up the job, but odds are you will waste a ton of money in the process — and still end up hiring a professional to do the work for you.
Because of this, it is imperative that you evaluate the job at hand and assess your ability to complete it realistically. There is no shame in admitting you need help. In fact, it can be a great way to pick up a new skill and improve your home improvement prowess.
Letting Friends Help
Letting friends pitch in and help with your home projects is a great way to get the job finished faster and cheaper — just be sure that your friends (and family) know what they are doing before enlisting them. Just as taking on a project above your skill level can cost you money and time, so too can accepting help from the well-intended if they are not experienced in your particular home improvement task.
What’s more, lack of experience can lead to serious injuries — something you definitely want to avoid with friends and family.
Having No Home Remodeling Budget
Perhaps one of the biggest no-nos for any home improvement work is to leave your budget open-ended or to begin a project without pricing out the cost and giving yourself a spending limit. Home project costs can quickly spiral out of control and before you know it, you will have spent much more than you intended.
Lack of a budget usually also indicates a lack of proper planning — another big mistake you should avoid at all costs. Take your time to plan the project carefully, price out parts and make a list of the items you will need. In addition, set aside a little extra money for a contingency fund — we recommend an additional 10 percent (at a minimum) of your original budget to cover any unexpected issues that may arise.
Don’t Forget Building Codes
Even though you own your home, there are still local building codes that must be adhered to. To make sure you are compliant, always consult your local permit office with the details of any project your are working on. This is especially true for structural work and electrical jobs.
Not Calling in the Experts
If you have any doubts about your ability to complete a project or the job involves potentially hazardous work, always be sure to call in a home remodeling professional, such as the team at Tracy Tesmer Design/Remodeling. Not only will they get the job done on time and on budget, a good home remodeler will also help you come up with ideas to improve upon your original design.