Keep your remodel from becoming a headache by taking a few things into consideration before you undertake a new project. It’s easy to get swept away in a remodel but you can make it a positive experience by avoiding some of these common mistakes.
Not Setting or Sticking to a Budget
Remodeling a room or a home can easily get out of hand. Before you start a project, set a realistic budget—meaning you should leave a little wiggle room for unexpected events, changes, material costs, etc. Money can be a stressful thing to deal with, but the more you deal with it, the less stressful it is. Don’t jump into a project without researching the cost and setting a budget for yourself to follow. Doing your homework on this issue will help you to get the remodel you want within the parameters of what you can afford.
Ignoring Safety Precautions
When you’re remodeling on your own, you may not know which safety precautions you need to take. Do thorough research to ensure that your remodel is done safely and accurately. Depending on your remodel, you may need to get permits. Don’t put all of your focus on the aesthetics of your remodel, the functionality is just as important if not more so. Skimping on safety precautions could lead to structural damage, busted pipes, exposed wiring, and could potentially affect your homeowner’s insurance. Whether you are doing the work yourself or hiring a professional, be sure to educate yourself on proper safety procedures to ensure no corners are being cut.
It can be tempting to purchase a beautiful piece right when you see it without taking proper measurements of your home or furnishings. This common mistake can create awkward spaces as you have furniture that is too small, curtains that are too long, or pieces that just don’t fit. Making impulse purchases without measurements can be costly—it will likely either cost you money or compromise your design.
Changing Your Mind Too Much
Once you’ve started your project, it’s best to stick with it. Changing your mind often leads to starting over and can be costly. Décor decisions don’t have to be permanent but do generally last for some time. It’s easy to let your opinion be affected by family members, contractors, or others, and while they can have valuable input, don’t let yourself get too persuaded by something you want. Choose your design, take input, and then commit to the project. Save time, money, and hassle by sticking with what you chose.
Going Too Cheap and Cutting Corners
Don’t get too swallowed up by penny-pinching. Cutting corners and choosing the cheaper option may mean that your remodel won’t last as long. It’s better to remodel when you have the money to invest in a well done and high-quality project. Otherwise, you may need to (or want to) remodel again within just a few years. There are certainly ways to save money while remodeling but choosing cheap materials and cutting corners in your installation will not save you anything in the long run—in fact, it’ll likely cost you.