You want to redecorate your home, but you are uncertain how to begin. We all know how stressful it can get to start planning a whole-house redecoration, especially if you have never done any home-improvement projects. You may be wondering what kind of tools you should buy, or whether you should do the job alone in the first place or hire a professional contractor to do the job for you. In order to help you have the best time and save some money while renovating your home, we have singled out a couple of common mistakes that people make so that you can avoid them.
1. Not doing your research
If you have a particular goal, for example, you want to renovate your bathroom. Make sure not to begin anything without doing any thorough research. Home-improvement magazines and websites offer a lot of information and tips that can give you ideas for what kind of materials and tools to use and where to get them for an affordable price. Some home improvement companies offer customer service. This means that you can call someone who will explain to you how some tools work, or how to appropriately use any product you bought from them. Make sure to always have at least a couple of sources to consult for advice.
2. Not hiring professional help
Whenever we plan to repair something around the house, or a big home renovation project, we tend to overestimate our DIY skills. Sometimes we do it because we want to cut costs on hiring professional help, or we just feel too proud to let anyone else fix things around our homes. The fact is that this step will inevitably cut the costs in the short term, but it won’t be a good enough repair in the long run.
3. Not paying attention to the layout of your home
If you decide to install new electrical wiring in your home, you will need to take into account the entire layout of your home so that you don’t end up damaging anything by mistake. In order to avoid having to pay for additional repairs, we strongly recommend that you take some time to define the layout of all the major lights in your home. For example, if you want to install a chandelier in your living room, firstly, you will need to add a supporting beam to the ceiling so that the weight of the chandelier doesn’t cause the whole construction to collapse. However, you can also look at the position of your dining table in the kitchen for instance, or other important furniture pieces in your home, and then you can arrange the electrical wiring in the room to be placed around them.
4. Finding a temporary place to stay
If you have decided to hire a skillful contractor to do the renovation of your home for you, then you should consider finding a temporary place to stay. Imagine that the place where you have to sleep, relax and eat is essentially a construction zone where nothing is where it should be. This can only cause you unnecessary stress, so make sure to have an alternative. We strongly recommend booking a room in a hotel if your budget allows this. If not, you can always call your friends and family to as if you could stay with them while the renovation is taking place. It’s important for you to be well rested and full of energy so that you can have a clear head when the time comes to make important decisions related to the renovation process.
5. Going for the cheapest options
It is perfectly acceptable to accept choices which will help you cut down on unnecessary costs in the long run. However, opting for cheap materials, tools and other supplies may not be such a good idea. Additionally, you will have to understand that some of these products are generally more expensive than others due to the high-quality that they guarantee. For example, imagine having to invest in roof shingles, which genuinely have to endure a lot of wear and tear, but you decide to go for the cheapest and fairly weak ones. Naturally, this material is going to wear out twice as fast as the expensive premium one. Make sure to invest wisely and don’t be afraid to spend a little bit extra on high-quality materials.
6. Not giving your 100%
Home renovation is pretty stressful work. If you start feeling like you can’t handle the workload anymore, make sure to take a break from time to time, or even better, go take a few days off. If you can’t give it your 100% you will end up with fairly unsatisfactory results. If you are running out of renovation ideas make sure to consult with some experts. They will be glad to lend you a hand and provide you with useful tips.
7. Not getting the right measurements
If you don’t want to end up paying more than you should, it’s best to pay close attention to how you are taking measurements around the house. Just imagine planning to redecorate the living room by adding new wallpapers, or opting for a new paintjob, but getting all the measurements wrong and buying more, or less, supplies than you should have. Therefore make sure to take measurements at least 2 times before buying supplies. Remember the old saying: “Think twice before you cut”.
8. Not being patient
Many homeowners who start their renovation projects tend to lose interest because they believe they won’t end up with their dream home in the end. This is mainly due to the fact that many people have high expectations. Although it is nice to have big dreams, it’s even better to take a second and be realistic about the outcomes. This way you won’t feel utterly defeated if sometimes doesn’t go as planned.
As we can see, there are a few things that we have to take into account before, and during, our home renovation project if we really want for it to be a complete success. The important thing is that you have fun during the process and that you don’t lose track of the end goals.