[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="496"] (image credit: InTheNation.com)[/caption] Home renovation and remodeling is fun. However, it also involves a lot of things that could make or break your DIY project. And when you do commit mistakes, they can either be costly or damaging to your property in general. From the lack of preparation to setting outrageous budgets, you most likely will end up doing more harm than good to your home. That's why when you decide it's time to do some remodeling or renovation, you must know and be informed about the different mistakes to avoid. At Better Homes and Gardens, there's an article titled "7 Common Remodeling Mistakes" talking about how you should ideally plan a remodeling project at home. One of the mistakes that the article listed is rushing the project. Read the excerpt below:
Rushing into your project. "Develop a good plan, price it, then work it," says Klaus Herring, associate and project manager for Paul Davis Restoration in Santa Fe, New Mexico. "If you think through your project and you know what you're looking to do, that's half the battle. "When we go into a project, for example, we make a site visit first to get a feel for what our client wants. Then we develop a design and plan that is revised sometimes three or four times. By the end of the revision process, we have a project that is well put together, addresses perceivable eventualities, and will accommodate the unforeseen events that are inevitable in a remodel." See the rest of the article here.I totally agree with the notion of doing things one step at a time. The whole concept of remodeling and renovation is made up of several components and thinking about all the components all at once is a recipe for failure. Next, another mistake to avoid is ignoring the importance of getting permits. GoBankingRates.com, in a post called "11 Expensive Home-Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid" discussed mistakes in remodeling that lead to costing you a lot of money. One of them is when you don't get any permits.
Paperwork when you want to get to woodwork is a hassle. But following the rules and making the city, county or state happy now could save you a lot later, said Macias. “If the city officials become aware of the work being done either from your neighbors or driving by and there have been major additions and major work performed, nine out of 10 times they will make you demolish all of the work and redo it to compliance and with inspections,” he said. But not only will you be out the cost of the work you’ve completed, you’ll have to pay for a demolition permit and be fined, said Macias. “It can total thousands of dollars in fees.” So do the paperwork. Want the rest of the article? Click here.Every city or state has a building code that you should follow and adhere to. There are rules meant to regulate renovations in both private and commercial properties. If you don't intend to get a permit to renovate, then your neighbors will tell city officials. You don't want that to happen, trust me. Now if you're planning to sell your home and you want to do remodeling to improve its value, there are also several mistakes you certainly need to avoid. The video below, courtesy of Angie's List, will tell you those three common mistakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9ZDA-0TXvk You probably should have realized by now that all those mistakes mentioned above are so easy to avoid. But the thing is it's easier said than done since most of us tend to get too overwhelmed and excited about a renovation or remodeling project. Just remember to be smart enough to realize that you're putting a lot of money on this kind of project, suggesting that you can't mess it up.