Avoid These Home Renovation Mistakes

April 14, 2016

Once you’ve expelled all the sweat and tears, you want to behold your new home renovations with pride and joy. Ah, isn’t this the life? But then the crash! The tumble! The noise! What happened?

To ensure your investment and your hard work pay off, you want to avoid making home renovation mistakes. You want to do it right the first time around.

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Here are some tips from HGTV.com to avoid:

  • No cheapskates allowed: “One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to home renovation (is that) they try to be cheap when they buy materials. The bottom line is, you’re going to get what you pay for,” Don’t Sweat It host Steve Watson told HGTV.
  • Sorry, wrong number: Get your measurements right. “I can’t emphasize enough how an inch or even sometimes a half an inch can make a difference. And if your dimensions are off and it’s not equal and symmetrical, you’re not going to get the full impact and effect that you want,” said Nancy Soriano, Country Living magazine’s former editor.
  • Step right up: Make sure you do the prep work, experts say. Although preparing the area might seem tedious and a time waster, the work will pay off later in time and money.
  • No guts, no glory: Have a clear-cut plan in place. Gutting everything in the beginning might not be wise.”You don’t want to go in there and just clear everything out, when you might be able to work around some areas,” said Don’t Sweat It’s Carey Evans.
  • The duct stops here: Curb the use of duct tape. Experts say most renovators overuse duct tape. Duct tape should be used temporarily.
  • Stop your tooling around: Use the right tools. Family Handyman’s former editor Spike Carelsen said: “There are really three problems with using the wrong tool: You can wreck the tool, you can wreck the project you’re working on and you can wreck yourself.”
  • Think small: If you’re building a small bathroom, buy the right fixtures and the right-sized furnishings. Don’t use full-size. Remember: use the right-sized equipment for the right-sized job. Big for big, and small for small.
  • Light up, dude: “Another mistake that homeowners will often make is not taking into consideration the lighting in their home. The lighting in your home can completely change the colors, the feeling, the ambiance,” said Hammer Heads carpenter Carmen De La Paz.

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