Whether it’s a bathroom remodeling, kitchen renovation, or a full home remodeling knowing what you’re getting yourself into, how to most effectively prepare, and get the most out of your project is critical to saving you both time and money.
There are several novice mistakes people make, and these 10 tips for success to make the job easier or more practical are the perfect solution to avoiding them!
- Avoiding financial loss in materials – No matter which room or rooms you’re renovating in your home, do not skip out on quality materials for building – whether you buy them yourself, or are entrusting this part of the project to your professional contractors.
- Always ensure necessary prep-work – Regardless of how large or small, don’t neglect the required “prep work” the next time you start a bathroom renovation or kitchen remodeling project. This will save you both time, and unwanted headache later on.
- Double-check measurements – If you’re doing your kitchen or home renovations on your own, always ensure you double if not triple check measurements before making cuts, or purchasing new furniture, and other materials.
- Be slow to “gut” and fast to ensure proper planning – In other words, remember that once you ‘gut’ the walls or other parts of your home during a renovation, typically such ‘damages’ are irreversible. Your home remodeling project is counting on your responsible decision-making – so take it easy on the sledge hammer!
- Using the right tools – Whether you’re remodeling your bathroom or kitchen, ALWAYS make sure you properly research and use the right tools. Neglecting to do so can cost you serious time, money, and even hardship in paying for repairs later on.
- Avoid using duct-tape – Other than for protecting or preserving the color and your current materials or countertops, don’t go crazy with Duct tape the next time you tackle a bathroom remodeling or kitchen renovations project. Remember, this is only a temporary fix at best, and will likely cost you a lot of money later on if overused to cover up necessary repairs.
- Don’t build small bathrooms and hallways – Whether it’s a bathroom, kitchen hallway, doorway, or hallway do NOT ‘skimp’ out on this area of your home renovations. This is very critical to not only the cosmetic appeal of your home but also comfort and safety later on. If necessary, assuming it’s within your budget don’t hesitate to knock down walls or find other ways to expand the size of your bathroom, halls, stairs, or doorways.
- Schedule your time accordingly – Don’t just schedule time for your next kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, but also take into account the possibility of needing additional time or funds later on.
- Know your home – Understand and carefully consider the current furniture style, interior and exterior themes of your home before starting the next renovations project.
Also, don’t neglect safety before tackling your next project, so if you don’t have them already then invest in the necessary safety equipment – which can save you tens of thousands of dollars or more later on in unwanted hospital costs!
- Always know your limits – Before beginning a home remodeling project, ensure you know your limits first, may it be physically, financially, or emotionally (comfort and convenience), try to be as responsible as possible before deciding how and where to start.
Finally, don’t “overbuild” your home! This means, if you live in an average $150,000 home neighborhood, try to avoid a $250,000-$300,000 remodeling project.
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