Home renovation requires a great eye for design and some technical know how.
While Do-It-Yourself projects can be fun and rewarding, you shouldn't bite off more than you can chew.
The thing is, Pinterest makes it look so easy, right? It's not always so simple. Some projects just need to be left to the trained professionals.
1. Assuming All Renovations Increase Property Value
You may have heard statistics like these: 'a bathroom remodel increases your home's property value by an average of $11,769' or 'a minor kitchen remodel can increase the property value by $16,716 on average.'
Sounds great, right? Well, the thing is, these statistics only apply when the work is done properly, adheres to building codes, and actually looks good.
Simply doing the project won't lock in an increased resale value for your home. In fact, it could decrease the resale value if the work is faulty.
2. Weak Waterproofing
Home renovation isn't just about the visual appeal. Even if you do a perfect job measuring, choosing colors, and installing, you may be forgetting a key step: waterproofing.
Waterproofing materials like bathroom flooring, a kitchen backsplash, or concrete foundation is key. Water can be incredibly destructive, causing mold, bubbling paint, weakened materials, or worse.
Always take proper measures to waterproof anywhere water could be found, spilled, splashed, or leaked.
While we're here, plumbing work really isn't designed for DIY. Other than changing fixtures, such as a showerhead, you should always opt for a professional plumber. The catastrophic potential of sewage all over you and your home simply isn't worth it.
3. Using the Wrong Equipment
Only take on DIY projects that you have the proper tools for. If you take on an elaborate project that requires a particular saw, for example, you'll likely end up wasting a ton of material and going way over budget.
You can rent tools for many DIY projects, just make sure you know how to use them properly and safely to avoid a costly (or worse) accident.
Don't take on a large project, such as installing shelving unless you know how to use a drill without putting golf ball sized holes in the wall.
4. Avoiding Permits & Building Codes
Every area has different home renovation building codes and permit requirements.
While you're likely fine doing many minor interior projects, such as painting and tiling, many projects must meet specific requirements for safety and community guidelines.
For example, window replacement, room additions, and plumbing work will almost always require permits. If you neglect to get them, you could face serious monetary consequences and more.
Your homeowner's insurance will not cover anything built without a permit. You could have trouble selling your home. You could even face hefty fines from the city and have to pay to change anything not up to code on top of that.
5. Setting an Unrealistic Budget
Don't you hate it when you have to go back to the hardware store because you need yet another can of paint, tube of glue, or more materials for that DIY project?
Always overestimate your budget. If you come in under, great, you have extra cash! If you bleed over, you could be in a financial predicament.
Avoid going over budget by being realistic about the cost of materials, accounting for mistakes, and knowing your limits.
Don't only focus on setting a monetary budget, you also should set a time budget. Is this a Saturday afternoon project? Or will you end up staring at the unfinished product for three weeks because you underestimated the amount of time it would take?
6. Cutting Corners on Materials
You know that phrase "you get what you pay for"?
That is definitely true of DIY projects.
Pay for quality materials and qualified professionals to install them, and you'll end up with a beautiful completed product that pays for it self in resale value.
Opt for discount materials and do it yourself? Not always so cute or rewarding.
Do your research on the materials you use. Find out how durable they are, how easy they are to work with, and why they're cheaper than the real thing.
7. Assuming All Contractors Are Equal
If you're hiring a contractor for aspects of your DIY home renovation that is beyond your means, good on you.
Don't just pick the first contractor you find, though. Do some research on their qualifications, previous work, customer testimonials, and so on.
Find a contractor that has experience with the project you want completed. Not all contractors specialize in every project.
8. Fancying Yourself an Electrician
Unless you have the requisite training, don't do electrical work on your own.
And no, a YouTube video does not count as training!
Faulty wiring could lead to electrocution, injury, fire, and even death. Outside of changing light switch plates, hire a qualified electrician.
9. Eyeballing Measurements
Inaccurate measurements could lead to your project looking like a Picasso. It could also cause you to have to repurchase materials, pay to repair damage, and cause a whole lot of frustration.
Take proper measurements with accurate tools and always "measure twice, cut once."
10. Living in a Hazardous Environment
A serious renovation project means you'll have to move out of the house during the remodel. If there are fumes, sawdust, or other materials you don't want to inhale, take the appropriate measures to not expose your or your family to these hazards.
The same goes for leaving power tools, ladders, tripping hazards, nails and screws, and other potentially dangerous items laying around.
Especially if you have children, take these hazards seriously. Never get up on a high ladder without someone else around. Always wear the appropriate safety equipment like goggles, gloves, and dust masks when the project requires it.
Now You Know the Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid
When it comes to DIY, do your research before you get in over your head. Think your project requires the pros? Contact the expert craftsmen at Holland Homes.