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Home Improvement / September 18, 2015
Home renovation projects can be exciting, but they can also present plenty of challenges if they are not done properly. Even projects that seem simple can become monsters if they are not planned and executed by people who know what they are doing. There are many mistakes a homeowner can make during a renovation project, but here are the most common mistakes to avoid.
Not Hiring A Good Contractor
One of the arguments against hiring a contractor is that the labor costs make contractors too expensive. When a homeowner tries to do a project on their own and makes mistakes, the costs of the original project combined with the costs to fix the errors winds up being much more than the cost of a contractor. If you need help with your home renovation project, contact Handyman Connection of Lexington and hire a craftsman you can trust.
Underestimating Your Costs
When you are putting together the budget for your project, you should always estimate high and then add 20 percent to cover any errors. This means that you should overestimate for your materials, your time, and any rental costs for equipment. You should also overestimate on how much help you will need and try to bring in one or two extra people to make the project safer.
The problem with underestimating your costs is that you wind up cutting corners and getting bad results. Another issue with a low budget is not buying enough materials and having to compensate for the lack of materials later in the project. This can be a real problem when you are putting down a floor, you run out of flooring 80 percent of the way through the project and the material manufacturer discontinues the flooring you are using.
Avoiding Projects Because You Are Unsure of How to Do Them
The last thing you want to do is draw up a bathroom renovation plan that you cannot do because you have no idea how to move the toilet from one side of the bathroom to the other. If you are unsure how to do something, then go to Handyman Connection of Lexington and hire a professional. If you are going to plan a project, then you should go through with the whole thing and get the results you want.
Forgetting the Details
When it comes to a successful renovation project, the details mean everything. From the finishing trim work on a new ceiling to the plumber’s tape in the new pipes under the sink, you should make sure to never forget the details because they are just as important as the big work.
Ignoring the Permits
Many homeowners have the attitude that they can do whatever they want when it comes to renovating their own property. While that is a very honorable statement, it is one that will not gain favor with your local zoning board. There are zoning laws that affect interior and exterior remodeling projects that you have to consider if you want to avoid fines and other issues in the future. Discuss your plans with your local zoning board, and make sure you get any permits you need for the project.
Homeowners use home renovation projects to create more living space, update the look of their homes and add value to their properties. Before you get started on your next home renovation project, be sure to contact Handyman Connection of Lexington for your free, no-obligation estimate to ensure your project gets done on time, error-free, and within your budget.