Homeowners often get pumped up to begin home improvement projects. The problem occurs when you act before you think. This leads to mistakes that are often costly and worst case, irreparable. While home improvements are a necessity and a fun way to spend your spare town, it is a serious task and needs to have precautions taken before diving into the deep end. This article will point out some of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make during improvement projects and allow you to have a result that is successful and adequate.
Always assess the project fully. Do not look at your chosen task and assume how it is going to go. If it is a plumbing project, you need to remove certain items and look at what is going on behind the scenes. It is easy to say you want to change the tub and shower fixtures. It is something else to discover you need to knock out part of a wall to even get a wrench in there to remove the stems. The same goes for electrical upgrades. Look at the wiring and make sure that it is to code and not spliced together with several other different wires. Remember in an older home, there is a chance building codes were lax and your home was grandfathered in, eliminating the need for repairs to bring it to code before you bought it. Always look at the whole situation and not just what you want to see changed.
Never rush through a demolition process. It cannot be stated enough that this is dangerous and could be extremely costly if you make a mistake. You simply do not know how where wiring runs through a wall, how a cabinet will fall as you do not want to bring the roof down with it or where plumbing is located behind walls when you slam a sledge through it. The point is that while demolition is destructive and should go remotely fast, great care should be taken before you go crazy knocking down walls and ripping up cabinets.
You need to make sure that all areas are covered before you start your project. It doesn’t matter if you are demoing the kitchen or sanding down walls. The dust and damage to those areas that are staying, including flooring, can be great so make sure they are protected from dust, debris, etc.
Shut off all necessary utilities before starting the task. It doesn’t matter if it is the electric, gas or water. It is a safety hazard to work in areas where these items are not shut off.
Finally, always work from the top down as this allows you to avoid repairs to areas you have already completed. Too many times there are people who paint from low to high to only end up having to redo areas already painted because some drywall work needed to be undertaken due to a leak in the corner by the ceiling.
You can not only save time and money by avoiding many of these mistakes but also guarantee the job is done properly and safely. The key is patience and always think before you act. When you have looked at all of the details and potential problems beforehand, you ensure the results you have envisioned during the planning process and reward yourself with a job well done.