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10 Home Renovation Mistakes To Avoid

10 Home Renovation Mistakes To AvoidHome renovations are a daunting task. If you plan on living in your home throughout the renovations, the home can feel smaller, noisier, and busier. The reward comes when the product is finished and you are able to enjoy it. There are, however, key mistakes that can change home renovations into a nightmare before, during and after the renovation. These mistakes include:

  1. Buying cheap material. Everyone wants a good bargain. However, keep in mind that purchasing the cheapest wood, steel, or tile for your home renovation will end up costing you more than the savings are worth. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” It is better to wait to buy quality materials when you can afford them, then to buy cheap materials right away.
  2. Measuring quickly and inaccurately. A half of an inch may not seem like an impactful length, but when it comes to installing your new cupboard, sink, or door, a half-inch may determine whether or not the renovation is a success.
  3. Forgetting the prep work. It is easy to want to skip certain steps in preparing for a renovation, anything from taping the area to researching the right method to use. When it comes to making changes in a home, it is better to prep too much then too little.
  4. Not planning the renovation. When people decide that they have a specific renovation they want to do, many are eager to begin the work and start right away. Without planning, people can easily get themselves in a far worse mess than if they had had the patience to plan it out.
  5. Using duct tape. Duct tape is not a renovation. It is a temporary fix. Duct tape should only be used for a couple of hours before the real renovation takes place.
  6. Using the incorrect tools. If you are not familiar with a specific tool, do not use it. Have someone who knows the tool come in to help you. Using the wrong tool can damage the tool itself and the project you are working on, potentially hurting you.
  7. Not considering lighting. Taking the lighting into account when making a renovation can make a drastic difference. The lighting will alter the placement and colors of features.
  8. Following all of the trends. Trends are temporary. Following a trend means that you are more likely to go out of trend and have to renovate again to keep up with the trend. Find a renovation that will stay popular over time.
  9. Not being safe. Safety should be a priority. Depending on the work, the renovators should have on goggles, gloves, ear protectors, and steal toed boots.
  10. Making the wrong renovations. Do not be spending money on a renovation that is going to need to be changed in a matter of a couple years. You want it to fit the style of your home, add value to the home, and fit your lifestyle as changes continue to happen.

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