Imagine: You and your partner have decided that you want a new garage floor! Can’t be that hard to lay some concrete right? Then you see it: concrete that is bumpy, cracking, and leaking out onto the yard. If only there was a list of things to avoid when remodeling. Oh, wait! Read below to get those ten tips.
1. Start With a Clear Vision
Do you want a walk-in closet? A master bathroom? Two or three bedrooms? Discuss these questions and more before starting any work. It is important to make sure your plan is clear for all those working on the project.
2.This Isn’t a Television Show
Don’t get flustered with yourself! If it takes a little longer than you thought, or the materials you liked weren’t in stock, take your time and do it right.
3. Prepare for the Unexpected
There’s a very good chance that something will go wrong with DIY renovations. You may incur unexpected expenses during your home remodel. Set aside extra money in case you randomly find a problem.
4. Be Open to Changes
The decisions you make at the beginning aren’t set in stone. This is your dream home! Chances are, you will fall in love with material that wasn’t part of your original plan. That is okay! Be flexible.
5. Don’t Go Overboard
Set a budget and stick to it. This means preparing for unexpected costs and being willing to cut back in other areas. Go ahead and start big, but think about which areas of the budget you can cut.
6. Don’t Underestimate the Stress
A home remodel is stressful. It is expensive, time-consuming, and messy, and if you live in your home during the renovations, it can be incredibly uncomfortable. Be prepared to find a rental or stay with family to make the changes a little easier.
7. Don’t Risk It
If you are unfamiliar with electrical or plumbing jobs, hire a professional. Not sure how to run certain power tools, or don’t feel comfortable on ladders or scaffolding? Hire a professional.
8. Don’t Make Lots of Changes
Once the work begins, try not to make too many changes unless they are necessary. While changes may seem simple to you, they may require a lot of work on the back end. Changing your plans during the renovations may also cost more in the end.
9. Don’t Start Without a Timeline
Make sure you have a timeline before starting the actual work on your home. Make a list of all the materials you think you will need and an estimate of how long each component will take. Budget extra time in case something goes wrong.
10. Be Happy With It
At the end of the day, you are putting so much work into this project and should never hate the outcome. Avoid rushing just to get it done and over with. Make it special and perfect for your life and taste.
Learn More About Pits Fall in Remodeling
At Eakman Construction, we know remodeling and fixing up can be a hassle. That’s why we are here to help you out. Give us a call today at (206) 972-2275 to learn more about how we can help you to fix your house into a dream home!