Large-scale home improvements, for yourself or for future buyers, can be stressful and expensive. That gorgeous stained glass window you want, or the new tiling you’ve had your eye on, is going to be a real trial to organise and pay for. To make sure your improvements go smoothly, here are a few common mistakes you should make a point to avoid.
Probably the most common home improvement mistake is taking on too much of the work yourself. You probably have a full-time job, have to take care of kids, and a host of other responsibilities. In this case, the worst thing you can do is bite off more than you can chew. This will pile on stress faster than you’d believe, and make you wish you’d never started the project in the first place!
Obviously, it may not be practical to hire contractors for everything. However, there are various financial solutions and loans for home improvement you can use. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with doing some of the simpler DIY tasks. However, if you approach your improvements as a one-man-band, things can turn south very quickly.
The other big mistake is scrimping on the cost of your home improvements. Obviously, everyone wants to get the best deal possible in anything they do. Getting value for money is fantastic. However, going for the cheapest materials possible is a recipe for disaster! Many construction goods will have a rating system on them, which you need to pay attention to. Don’t buy a cheap, “light use” material for a part of the home that requires something more durable. The cheap materials you pick up might seem fit for purpose to begin with. However, if you install the wrong material, it will deteriorate pretty quickly. Whenever you’re buying something for your home improvements, do some research into it and browse the whole market. Certain things, like paint, don’t vary too much on quality. With other materials like flooring, price is usually a reflection of practical worth.
Finally, make sure you don’t trust your contractors too much. These people do home improvements for a living, and obviously they know the best way to carry out certain processes. However, you know best when it comes to how you want your home to turn out! Many people have the tendency to give their instructions, then sit back and leave the contractors to it. If you don’t keep involved with the process, the end result could be a nasty surprise! I know you’re probably busy. However, remember that you’re the boss of the operation. If a contractor comes up to you with a question, resist the urge to say “whatever you think is best”. Follow them, look at the work in progress, and make sure you understand everything you agree to. Spending a large sum on an improvement you didn’t want isn’t the nicest feeling in the world!
I hope this hasn’t made you too scared of your home improvement! Approach the project with an unhurried, careful attitude, and everything should turn out fine.