We’ve all driven by that house down the block in desperate need of a repair, or a home remodelling nightmare caused by a lack of planning. While experience and expertise are not required to remodel the exterior of your home, your plans for such work should absolutely avoid the following:
1. Setting Unrealistic Budgets and Expectations
It happens all the time! You plan all the components of your project, including the materials and labor, and think you’ve thought of everything until something unexpected happens that threatens to derail your plans. When renovating, it’s crucial that you prepare to go over budget. Create a lower budget than you think you’ll need, and expect unexpected hiccups. Build in an extra 20% contingency to your budget.
While home renovation TV shows make it look easy, be sure you understand the size and scale of your project. It’s crucial to have realistic expectations on the project scope.
2. Sacrificing Function for Form
It’s best to renovate the “right” aspects of your exterior—elements that add long-term value to your home. Replacing your siding or building a nice patio, for example, will add to resale value over projects that are solely cosmetic. Trends are important, but functional designs are long lasting.
3. Thinking You’re Already an Expert
Part of your project may require an update to the electrical system or ensuring foundations and subflooring are sound before and after your project. Imagine you’ve beautifully finished your project only to discover you’ll need to take it down to update electrical. While your friends and family could assist you, be sure only experienced helpers assist with your home renovation.
4. Underestimating Safety and Other Protocols
Hire a contractor if you’re not confident using required power tools or working with electricity. Renovation often includes lifting heavy materials and using dangerous equipment. It’s important to utilize proper safety gear, such as closed-toe work boots, safety goggles and hearing protection for when you’re using loud equipment.
If you take on your renovation on your own, be sure you’re informed about the necessary building permits. To determine whether a permit is needed for your specific project, contact your local building department.
5. Buying Cheap Materials
It’s tempting to try to cut costs by skimping on materials needed for your project. This approach is anything but an ideal means to be more economical. Make sure you select durable, high-quality materials that you won’t need to replace in a few years.
If you’re about to embark on a home renovation project, be sure to avoid these mistakes for a final result you’ll love!