Before you swing the sledgehammer to knock down the walls of your fixer-upper there are a few things you need to know. As any home improvement expert will tell you, you need a plan before you start tearing things down.
Lucky for you, we gathered all the experts' tips so that you can avoid the common mistakes most first-time do-it-yourself homeowners experience as they begin their remodeling project.
You Don't Talk To A Realtor First
This could be the biggest mistake you make. Even if it's been years since you talked to the agent who sold you your home, give them a ring. Talking to a realtor will give you insight as to what buyers are looking for and what renovations will actually INCREASE the value of your home.
You Mix Without Matching
Before you decide to remodel your kitchen to be sleek, ultra-modern, and the stuff of Iron chefs, consider what the rest of your home looks like... a state-of-art kitchen won't always feel right in a country farmhouse. Pay attention to detail by choosing materials that feel consistent to your home's theme--granite is always a great choice for remodeling because it lasts, comes in a wide array of colors, and offers a modern kitchen or bathroom a bit of texture.
Pay attention to detail by choosing materials that feel consistent to your home's theme--granite is always a great choice for remodeling because it lasts, comes in a wide array of colors, and offers a modern kitchen or bathroom a bit of texture.
You Get What You Pay For (And You Bought CHEAP)
Renovation can be taxing--literally and figuratively. Buying a home that needs a little TLC will save you money on the down payment, or if you're sprucing up an old home you can save with tax deductions. Use the money you save to buy top-quality products for your renovation--these will pay off in the long run.
You Change Your Mind
You have a vision of what you want your home to look like... and then you start remodeling and the vision seems further and further away. Remain patient and stick to your plan!
A good way to trust in your vision is to take your time when making decisions. Test multiple shades of a paint color on the wall, feel the texture of the wood cabinets, flip over every slab of granite, try a variety fo light sources and flip them on to see how they fill the room.
You Didn't Anticipate Chaos
Inaccurate measurements, not-quite-right budgeting these things can and will happen! No renovation is perfect, but thinking ahead will ensure mistakes remain speed bumps and not sink holes in your renovation journey!