When it comes to home remodeling regardless of whether you hire a contractor for the renovation project or go DIY, what you shouldn’t be doing is as crucial what you should. A professional contractor or agency with extensive experience of completing almost countless home restoration projects can provide you with practical tips or suggestions on how to get your own refurbishment project completed. Such a contractor can guide on the dos and don’ts of home remodeling. Banking excessively on your instincts can, more often than not, have an adverse impact on the project. Following are some of the don’t that you should familiarize yourself as far as home restoration is concerned.
1. Avoid procrastination at all costs
Thorough planning is extremely vital before you can get started with your home remodeling. Map out everything you’d need to do well in advance and make preparations accordingly. Accord equal importance to every task connected with the project no matter how insignificant or trifle some errands might seem apparent, for instance, fixing the leaking faucet or giving a fresh coat of paint to the veranda grille.
A task or a job that doesn’t need to be attended to urgently, ostensibly speaking, and therefore not high enough on your priority list, may burgeon into a major issue. And most importantly, once you’ve taken a firm decision on a specific course of action, don’t back away or procrastinate.
2. Don’t dither or hesitate
This tip is somewhat similar to the aforementioned recommendation on avoiding the postponement. It goes without saying that you’ll want to reschedule or rearrange certain tasks while the home remodeling advances from one stage to another. But you’d well to keep in mind that on every occasion you want to reorganize something, the rescheduling will have an impact on the entire project chain. You might feel that the resultant reorganization will not disrupt your project considerably but repeated rearrangements may not only push up the total costs but also result in delays.
3. Don’t go for cosmetic refurbishments when you need a massive overhaul
If you and your family are residing in a home that was once used by your forefathers, then it could be in a dilapidated state, badly in need of major repairs. The infrastructure could be creating and continuing to stay in such a home would be tantamount to risking your life and limbs. General contractors, who’ve paid a visit to assess the extent of damage, have suggested you go for a massive overhaul.
And you’re painfully aware that opting for a complete revamp would mean knocking down the abode which would surely be an extremely exorbitant affair. So, you resort to remodeling on a piecemeal basis, like restoring the ceiling or replacing the doors or windows, and so on. Investing your hard-earned money on cosmetic refurbishments when you know that you can’t do without a total overhaul means you are squandering away scarce resources.
4. You’d better off not purchasing building or renovation materials
You actually end up paying more when you attempt to source all the building or renovation materials on your own rather than delegate or hand over the task to a home remodeling contractor. Since you’ve clung to this belief for a long period of time, you may find it somewhat difficult to digest the above assertion. Builders or contractors are in the habit of picking up supplies or raw materials from outlets in bulk on a regular basis and therefore, they tend to get better (read cheaper) rates. So, even if they rack up the materials costs, you’d be still be paying almost at the same rate.
5. Don’t go ahead if you don’t have emergency funds or resources
You can take it for granted that you’ll end up spending more than what you’d budgeted. And if you don’t have a contingency fund to bank upon (to meet the out of budget expenses), you’ll land yourself in trouble.
6. Don’t stay while renovation is going on
Contrary to what you think, staying put in the home while the renovation project is underway will affect your or your family’s health which may turn out to be financially draining in the long run.
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