A renovation is a stressful time to be a homeowner. Whether you’re performing a renovation on your own, or you’re hiring a contractor, your house is going to look a little different for the next few weeks.
Unfortunately, homeowners often make big mistakes during renovations. These mistakes can make life significantly harder. They can extend the renovation process and send costs skyrocketing.
Which mistakes should you avoid during your renovation? Let’s take a closer look.
Using Cheap Materials
Unless you’re planning to dump your home on unsuspecting home buyers in the next six months or so, you should avoid using cheap materials. Just like with anything, you get what you pay for. Homeowners who use cheap materials are left with the consequences of that decision (repairs, leaks, etc.) for years.
Avoiding Prep Work
Prep work might seem dorky. It might seem unnecessary. Experienced homeowners might laugh at you. But you know what? Prep work works. It’s a little extra work today that helps you avoid a whole lot of extra work tomorrow. Let’s face it: prepping is an annoying and tedious process that nobody wants to do. However, it’s one of the easiest ways to save yourself time and money on your renovation.
Have you ever wondered how those before-and-after renovation pictures look so good? Take a quick peek at the lighting in the before-and-after picture. Did it change? Many homeowners ignore lighting during a renovation. However, lighting has an enormous effect on your colors, feeling, and ambiance of any room in your home. What’s the point of renovating your home if nobody can see your hard work?
Not Preparing for Chaos in the Home
Are you ready to eat pizza every night for 3 weeks? If you’re renovating your kitchen, you’re going to have to live without cooking appliances for a little while. Many homeowners fail to anticipate the chaos associated with a renovation. Renovations are messy. Make sure you’re ready to handle that mess. Don’t schedule a kitchen renovation 10 days before hosting Thanksgiving Dinner.
We get it: you’re tough. You think safety goggles and earmuffs are for kids. You’ve used equipment like this before. It’s no big deal. Everyone does it. But you know what? These are the same things people think when they end up in hospital because they weren’t wearing property foot protection when they stepped on an upturned nail. Don’t be an idiot.
Not Renting a Dumpster
You might think: I have a truck. We can fill up that truck and make a few runs to the dump.
But just wait until you start renovating. Wait until you see how much junk you have. Even a smaller bathroom renovation can turn into 5 or 6 trips to the dump in a standard truck. On larger renovation projects, you’ll be on a first-name basis with dump employees within a week.
Dumpster rentals speed up every part of the home renovation process. For a reasonable price, you get a “magic” waste removal bin on your property. You throw waste into that bin, wait for it to pile up, and then somebody takes that waste away and makes it disappear.
Many homeowners are surprised by how cost-effective dumpster rentals can be. Request your quote today from Eagle Dumpster Rental and get ready for a smooth and efficient renovation.