Increasingly often, when people opt to renovate their homes for either personal reasons or to prepare them for sale, they try to save on costs by doing it themselves. However, this can lead to expensive fixes down the road. The following are the three biggest mistakes people make while renovating their home:
1. Overestimating your skills. It is easy to tackle smaller projects, but putting on tile? Sure, it looks easy on HGTV, but if you have never done it before, putting the proper amount of grout behind the tile can be quite difficult. If you do not get the amount just right, you’ll definitely feel it when you walk on the tile. Ultimately, you may have to tear it out and pay a professional to do it for you, so be aware of what your skills are and only tackle projects that you can handle.
2. Not knowing your budget. Many people believe that they can estimate approximately what a certain project will cost without consulting a professional. Even if you do consult a professional, it is still a good idea to put some extra padding in your budget—projects often run over on your budget, and you do not want to come up short part-way through it.
3. Underestimating the time it will take to complete. Sometimes a project you think will only take four to 6 weeks can stretch out into 10 weeks. Underestimating the timeframe can drastically affect the lifestyle of the people within the home as well as their budget for the project.
If you have any questions with regards to home renovations—how much they might cost, how they will affect your home’s value, or whether it would be worthwhile to just move out instead—feel free to reach out to us. The Dauby Team would be glad to assist you however we can.