How to Avoid Common Home Improvement Mistakes

Oct 2, 2017

Not every home improvement project is meant to be a DIY project.Before you begin any home improvement project, it’s important to avoid some of the most common pitfalls. Otherwise, you may be costing yourself a lot of time and money in the long-run.

Let’s take a look at several key mistakes homeowners make so you can avoid them and achieve your desired results.

Budget Accordingly

Give yourself some space. Remember, everything adds up. Mundane items like nails and painters tape can get expensive especially on long-term projects. Realistically you can expect to spend 30-40% more than you previously estimated. And, if not, you’ve got extra money in your pocket.

Stick With The Plan

Once you make a decision about a project, stick with it. Constant changes to a plan can leave contractors confused or a sloppy look that’s not cohesive. It’s easier to follow a game plan when everyone’s on the same page.

Don’t Rush It

Many homeowners attempt to complete a weekend project in a day. Planning ahead can save you a lot of hassle and headaches. Painting with latex, for example? It can take upwards of 4 hours before you’re able to do the next layer at room temperature. However, factors such as humidity, poor ventilation, and low temperatures can all extend that time much further.

Hire Professionals

Let’s face it. Not every project is a DIY. While it may seem like a good idea to save a few bucks by tackling a project you’re unqualified for, you may actually be costing yourself a big expense down the line. It’s a good idea to leave the heavy lifting to the professionals.

Plan for the Worst

The unexpected can… and probably will happen. Be prepared for anything that comes your way by planning for the worst. Doing a simple rewiring project? You may run across anything from a termite infestation to water damage due to plumbing issues. Here’s where the budget comes in again. Put a little extra aside for if and when something goes wrong.

If paint is part of your DIY and you want to get a head start on the project, call Three Brothers! Our estimates are always free and getting a leg up on the project may help you complete it faster.

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