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Posted by Heidi Mahoney on 12/18/2017

Remodeling your home is something youíve likely considered for a long time and have carefully planned. However, if youíre not an expert carpenter designer it can be easy to make novice mistakes. Learning by your mistakes is fine, but when those mistakes are an eyesore or cost hundreds of dollars, youíre better off doing your homework in advance.

Whether youíre doing a remodel yourself to save money, or just because you have a do-it-yourself spirit and like new challenges, these tips will spare you many headaches and save you a lot of money along the way.

1. Inaccurate measurements

Unless youíre a carpenter or engineer, odds are you donít use measuring tools on a daily basis. To ensure that you get the most accurate measurements, draw plans for your remodeling project to ensure that everything will fit in the space that you have. This includes measuring for the spaces youíll be putting appliances, cabinets, and other items. If youíre installing drawers or doors, ensure that they will be able to open fully.

2. Using the cheapest materials

Sometimes you can find high-quality materials in the bargain bin. But most of the time itís there for a reason. Working with quality materials will not only usually give you the most aesthetically positive results, but will also likely outlast the cheaper alternatives.

3. Underestimating costs

If youíre planning a remodeling project always be prepared to spend a bit more than your original calculations. There are several unexpected expenses that could arise during the remodeling process, including damaging materials by mistake, buying the wrong materials, having to purchase specialized tools, or needing more than you initially thought.

4. Not taking appropriate safety measures

If youíre a novice remodeler, safety needs to be one of your top priorities. You may be unfamiliar with some of the tools youíre using and likely donít know some of the common safety hazards on the job. When it comes to electrical work, there are many projects that required a licensed electrician to perform. If youíre up on a ladder, be sure the legs are fully opened and secure. And if youíre on the roof, make sure youíre wearing non-slip boots and not carrying heavy items up and down by yourself.

5. Ignoring design and style

In todayís world of quickly fading trends and online inspiration blogs itís easy to want your home to be several things that it isnít. When planning your interiors, try to take into account the architectural style of the house. Similarly, if youíre remodeling one room think about how it will look against the backdrop of the rest of your home. Consistency is a too-often undervalued characteristic of interior design.

Those are five of the most common home remodeling mistakes to avoid if youíre planning a renovation for your home. However, there are many more. So if you take away anything from this article, let it be this: you have to look at your home every day, so be sure to take the time to do your research and plan properly so that your home comes out just the way you want it.

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Posted by Heidi Mahoney on 8/22/2016

Remodeling or home improvements - new flooring, an updated bathroom, a room addition Ė can add a great deal of satisfaction and enhance your enjoyment of your home. Home is a place to relax, unwind, and feel comfortable, so home improvements that add to your satisfaction of the quality of life in your home are usually worthwhile. While there are many reasons to embark on a home improvement project, the important point is to be sure you are doing it for the right reason for you. Safety Safety in the home should always be a primary concern, before comfort and convenience. If steps are rickety, electrical wiring old or faulty, or the ceiling in danger of falling in, these jobs demand priority.

  • Falls are the major cause of disability or death in the home. Consider adding motion detection lighting on all stairways and repair any damaged flooring or stairways that could cause a person to trip and fall. Replace or repair stairway handrails, making sure they are firmly anchored in a manner that will support the full weight of a person.
  • Accommodate Lifestyle Requirements You may want to make your home accessible for a family member with a disability, or made modifications to adapt the home for easier living as you age. Wider doorways and bathroom changes to accommodate a walker or wheelchair may be required. For advice and possible help with the cost of adapting your home for disabled access, the Housing section listed on the Disability.gov website provides information for planning and carrying out the right kind of home improvement for your specific needs. Return On Investment When planning a remodeling project, be aware that you may or may not get your money when you sell the property. However, that is not the point. If you plan to stay in your home for an extended period of time, it should be a place of comfort that accommodates your needs and that you enjoy. That being said, it is wise to not over-stretch your budget. There is no point soaking in your new bathtub if you are worrying about how you are going to pay for it. If you plan to sell your home in the near future, think carefully before spending money on any home improvement project. While some improvements can help sell your home, it is unrealistic to expect to recoup your costs through a higher sales price. Market statistics indicate that few home improvement projects give homeowners a 100 percent or more return against the cost of the project. However, improvements may greatly affect your ability to sell the property, particularly if you have enhanced curb appeal.