Whether you’ve lived in your current home for years, or if you’ve just moved in, it’s likely that you’ve got your eye on some part of it which you’d like to renovate or remodel. For some homeowners it’s an ongoing process – turning a property which was basically not much more than a place to sleep, into a real home. A number of people love the whole process of remodeling – from budgeting, to drawing up plans, getting the logistics right, buying the materials to carrying out the work, it becomes a hobby and a passion.
Yet it’s still quite a minefield and even those who have been in the business for decades can still make oversights. As most people who carry out their own renovations might only undertake such a project two or three times in a decade, they are far more likely to make mistakes and forget important things when renovating and remodeling their homes.
When budgeting for a new project, it’s important to be thorough and take into account the costs of materials, transport, storage, skilled workers and so on. Budgets continually have to be adjusted throughout the planning process as solutions to potential problems are reached. Yet, even when the project itself is meticulously planned and budgeted for, the effect on the exterior of the building, the yard or other parts of the property is often ignored. Take, for example, a project which requires the delivery of heavy material – paving stones, bricks and so on. As these can hardly be dropped off in the road and brought onto your property, without causing a major public obstacle, they will need to be dropped off via your driveway. For people who have automatic gates and brick driveways, they are likely to find them damaged by the weight of the delivery vehicles. As they are not cheap to repair, these considerations definitely need to be factored into the overall budget for the project.
Another common mistake, most often made by first-time remodelers, is to get half way through planning a project only to be concerned that it’s becoming too expensive. One of the most tempting ways to cut costs is to go with lower-quality materials. This almost defeats the point of carrying out the remodeling, when you look at the long-term picture, but to those who have already invested time, effort and money into the project it can seem like the only way out. If you find yourself in this position, it’s much better to put the work on hold and resume it when you can afford to, without compromising on the quality of materials. Remodeling your property with low quality materials is likely to have a negative effect on its overall value, and makes it effectively a waste of time, effort and money.
Quite often, people redecorate when they should be renovating first. In some cases, this can end up costing much more than they thought. Deciding you want a new carpet in the living room is straightforward, until you pull up the existing one and discover the flooring has been severely damaged. What you really need to do is put down new flooring, or it won’t be long until your new carpet starts to get damaged, too. You might paint the garage and decide to get a new garage door. Once all the work is finished, your garage looks wonderful. That is, until you try to use it. By not having replaced the garage door opener, you are stuck with a beautiful garage which opens stubbornly and noisily. A good look at Garage Automatics would probably have helped you to avoid that kind of problem.
Aside from cheap, low-quality materials, you also need to be aware of the dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors – be sure to check their credentials and get some referrals when possible. The same goes for any professional designers you hire – unfortunately every industry suffers from maverick imposters and cowboys who are in business for a few weeks while they take your money, but when things start to go wrong, they suddenly vanish into thin air.
Renovating is a major challenge which shouldn’t be underestimated. Get it right and you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.