I love improving our home but it can lead to so much disruption. Indeed our last renovation had me making sandwiches in the garage! Although the disruption was worth it even though every single room was full of dust an dirt!
For those who want to do the work yourself the project can be – to put it mildly – messy. Messy in more ways than just the debris that is the inevitable side effect of any major work you do on your home. There is also a potential risk of being exposed to unsavory things in the home such as asbestos fibres which can lead to mesothelioma, a form of cancer. Of course you can prevent, and one such way includes wearing a mask with adequate ventilation. The lovely people at Slater Gordon have developed an infographic detailing all the potential risks of home improvements. I’d highly recommend checking them out.
Do you know what you are doing?
So you’ve been on Pinterest, you’ve browsed a few forums, and now you think you have got the perfect idea of the changes you want to make. You half-listen to the advice of the people that you have hired to do the work, but your mind is working overtime on plans and ideas for what you want to happen.
Overconfidence is never a good thing, and it’s even worse when you are trying to manage a renovation or remodelling project. Take the advice of experts and always try and rein in your impulses, difficult as it might be.
Speed Over Substance
In your keenness to get the job done, return to your normal lifestyle with your improved home… it’s tempting just to go rushing in. Rather than taking the time to properly plot, budget, and then carry through the work, you just have the idea and go barrelling in.
This is particularly dangerous if your project involves anything that is potentially dangerous – and there’s a whole host of things in a house that are potentially dangerous. Even something as simple as drilling new picture holes in the walls could be disastrous if you hit a stud or – worse – an electrical cable or water pipe. It can and does happen, and almost always the reason behind it is that someone has gone too quickly into their project.
Take your time. There’s no point rushing, resulting in a substandard job that’s just going to need to be done again in a few years time.
Running Out Of Money
If it’s your first time putting together the budget for any kind of work on your home, then you’re probably going to massively underestimate what everything costs. Make sure that you have the funds in place before you begin, otherwise work could grind to a halt while you scramble around for the cash to finish things off. Make sure you include a contingency fund in your budgeting, too – if you don’t use it, great, but if you do need it, you’ll be incredibly glad it’s there!
Good luck – may it be the first of many successful home improvements!
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