Dec 04, 2014

Seven Renovation Mistakes That Will Cost You Big In The Long Run

We have all been there wanting to take on a DIY home renovation project to save some coin. Below are seven key points to keep in mind when undertaking this type of work.

Don’t Purchase Cheap Windows: A lot of people think that they can save money by skimping on the quality of their windows; wrong! This will only cost you more money in the long run, due to the window failing prematurely and not being energy efficient.

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Inaccurate Measurements: Not taking accurate measurements even if it’s by a half inch or less, can be detrimental to your renovation project.  Problems created can include purchasing extra materials and result in a non-dimensional final product.   If you are unsure of your measurements, make sure to consult with a professional to ensure first time quality.

Always Do Your Homework: It’s imperative to the success of the project that you do research on all aspects.  It’s important to know whether or not you can handle what they job entails. This is even true when you are hiring a contractor so that you are aware of the terminology they use and also know what to look for.

Incorrect Tools for the Job:It is always best to use the tool that is made to handle the project. Using other tools just to “get by” can cause you to wreck the project you have started, ruin the tool you are using or injure yourself during the process.

Don’t Ever Skip the Prep Work: Doing it the rushed way, instead of the right way, will never pay off in the end. No one likes to spend more time and money on having to fix their project because you skipped the first few steps.

Neglecting to Pull a Permit: Don’t forget the permit, ever! This could be one of the costliest mistakes you can make while embarking on a renovation project. If you opt out of getting a permit and your local municipality finds out, they could make you completely undo everything you have done for your renovation project, at your cost.

Don’t Ignore the Electrical: Many times, when you start a renovation, you overlook the electrical aspects because it’s hidden and it can be costly. Ensuring that everything is up to code is essential and will provide a safe home.

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November 11, 2018

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