If you have ever tried a renovation project on your own you know it’s not as easy as it looks on HGTV. Once you start gathering all the materials you quickly realize you may be in over your head. If you are trying to renovate your home on your own, here are 3 renovation mistakes you need to make sure you avoid.
Mistake #1 – Purchasing Materials Before Planning Out The Renovation
You know how it is….
You’re in the home improvement store and everything you see you just have to have. So you buy floors, a new dishwasher, a new sink, marble counters and anything else that catches your eye.
The problem with this method is you are spending thousands of dollars before you have taken the time to plan out your renovation. Do not purchase any materials until you have planned out the project.
Mistake #2 – Not Taking Accurate Measurements
This is by far one of the most common mistakes do it yourselfers make. When you measure incorrectly it will cost you more money in the long run. It will also cause a lot of headaches.
All it takes is being off just by one inch and the whole renovation can be ruined. When your measurements aren’t accurate you may find yourself not having enough space to install appliances.
You may also find that you didn’t purchase the right amount of materials. To prevent this from happened you should measure the space multiple times.
Mistake #3 – Purchasing The Wrong Paint
Purchasing the right paint is about more than just comparing a ton of samples. You need to make sure you have the right paint for the right surfaces in your home. For example, flat paint is not easy to clean.
It should therefore not be used in the kitchen or any other high traffic area of the home. Knowing what kind of paint to use in different situations is a vital part of bringing the renovation together.
Mistake #4- Hiring a bad contractor
This can be one of the biggest mistakes you could make. Bad contractors are out there and if you aren’t careful you might hire one and not know it until its too late. If this happens to you, you may need to contact a attorney.