Homeowners sometimes fall victim to common home renovation errors...the following, then, is a list of common home renovation errors to avoid at all costs!
- Buying cheap materials: you may save money in the short-term, but in the long-term, it will definitely cost you more money in replacement materials & additional labor. The old adage is true: you get what you pay for!
- Taking the measurements on your own: Even 1/4 of an inch makes all the difference in the world when purchasing materials. If you're even slightly off, you're in trouble. It's best to hire a professional -- and we're happy to offer free in-home measurements and estimates, at no obligation to you!
No prep work: decluttering, priming, and removing the old sheetrock seem like unnecessary gruntwork, but if you skip any one of these steps, you'll find yourself in more trouble than it's worth!
- Using the wrong tools: you would think that this was self-explanatory, but unfortunately, too many homeowners use the wrong tools for the wrong job. You don't have to buy thousands of dollars in equipment -- many "big box" stores will gladly allow you to rent equipment.
- Oversized Fixtures for Small Spaces: if you're redoing a half-bath, for example, DON'T get a big sink. Not only will that take up precious space, but it will make the room look cluttered and unorganized.
- Overly-Trendy Renovations: just because a color is in "style" this season, it doesn't mean that it will be next season. Bolder colors go out of style much quicker than neutral colors, so stick to a palette that will stand the test of time.
- No Contingency Budget: it's better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. 99% of the time, unforseen expenses will come up in even the best-planned home renovation project, so make sure you allot at least 10% of your budget for contingency.
- No Safety Precautions: helmets, goggles, and gloves are just a few of the many safety materials you will need (unless, of course, you want to spend a few weeks in the hospital).