Easy & avoidable mistakes while renovating
When thinking about doing a renovation, it’s vital to do your homework and know what you’re getting into before you start. If it’s not you doing the work for yourself, you’ll need to know what to look out for and what your contractor is doing.
There’s some commonly seen, easily avoidable mistakes that can make a big difference in a successful renovation. Here’s a few watch outs if you’re planning to do some work to your home.
Doing it on the cheap
It’s important to realise that when it comes to home renovation, you need to wait until you can afford the decent materials. Many people make the mistake of trying to do it cheaply, but the bottom line is that you will get what you pay for. Also, it’s wrong to think that going green with your home project is going to be more expensive. Right now, you’re ahead of the market, so consider green as an investment.
Using the wrong paint
Some people don’t realise that there is a type of paint for just about every surface, and end up using the wrong one for the project they’re working on. For example, there’s flat and glossy – flat is for ceilings and sometimes walls, whereas semi-gloss would be used for trim in a bathroom or dining room. Consult the technician at your local DIY store for advice.
Not foreseeing the chaos
Before you start, you need to work out the timings and pace of your renovation. It’s important not to go into it full swing and then get yourself into a position where everything is in a mess and affecting your productivity. Anticipate chaos – think about what needs to be moved out of the way and when, and how you can work around certain areas. If you have furniture that will be in the way, self storage is a great solution to keep the space clear.
Errors with measurements
A couple of centimetres can make a big difference. Carpenters live by the saying: “Measure twice, cut once”. All your measurements have to be exact, otherwise you risk not getting the full impact of what you’re trying to achieve. If you’re worried about doing the measurements yourself, you should call in somebody to help you.
Going big in a small space
For example, if you are renovating a small bathroom, then you’ll need to pick the right fixtures to ensure it’s not overcrowded. There’s smaller fittings available on the market, such as low profile toilets and narrower sinks. This will help expand the space.
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