Avoiding Common Home Remodeling Mistakes

Have you been recently pondering some improvement projects for your home? Perhaps your kitchen, bathroom or family room need some updates; or maybe you’re thinking of tackling some of those exterior home improvement projects. Before you start your renovations and repairs, Handyman Connection of Blue Ash would like to show you how to avoid some common mistakes during the process.

Cut Once, Measure Twice

You’ve probably heard the old adage cut once, measure twice. Not only does the saying refer to the actual cutting of a piece of wood or other building material, but it’s also a general statement showing the value of carefully measuring prior to any major remodeling project. For instance, if you’re ordering custom cabinets for your kitchen, incorrect measurements could cost you thousands of dollars. Likewise, high-end countertops like granite or engineered stone will be ruined if your sink or faucet installation cut is off by just an inch or less. Therefore, you can’t go wrong by double-checking your measurements during your home repairs.

Purchasing Quality Materials

Another major mistake homeowners often make during home renovations is to purchase low-quality materials. You know that you’ll be putting a lot of time and effort in your home improvements; therefore, be kind to yourself by putting a little bit more money into your materials so you won’t be faced with repeating those jobs in a few years. However, if you can’t afford to dish out more money, it might be best to simply wait until you can.

Tending to Prep Work

The key to successful home improvement projects is to carefully execute any necessary preparation work. A peeling, damaged and dirty exterior wall, for example, requires a lot of prep work before the final coat of paint should be applied. Scraping, sanding and priming are some of the steps you must take in order to achieve the best results; otherwise, you’ll be right back doing the same job next year.

Know Your Tools

If you’re unsure how to handle an electric saw, a drill or another heavy tool, contact a professional who can give you some advice or view some educational videos on the internet. What could start out as a simple update to your home might prove to be uneventful, causing you trouble, time and expense.

Playing it Safe

While you might be thinking you can tackle home remodeling jobs yourself, climbing a ladder to install new gutters and downspouts, replacing an electrical circuit or water supply line in your home may prove to be not only complicated but also dangerous. Because Handyman Connection of Blue Ash has the craftsmen with the equipment and experience to handle many risky home remodeling tasks, we can get the job done efficiently and effectively while keeping you out of harm’s way.

Pay Attention to Lighting

When remodeling a room, many homeowners fail to add the correct lighting. Incorrect lighting can drastically change the color and feeling of your newly updated area, while a combination of various lighting will add to its character. Generally, there are three main kinds of lighting: accent lighting, task lighting and general lighting. Large rooms will benefit by a combination of all three types of lights.

Plan Ahead

Before you begin your home renovation project, try to foresee how long it will take you to complete the work and allow yourself plenty of time. This way, you can pace your work so you won’t be frustrated if you run into some complications.

If you’re wary about completing a home renovation yourself, give Handyman Connection of Blue Ash a call to schedule a free, no-obligation estimate. We’ll make sure the job is done right the first time, guaranteed!

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