6 Tips to Avoid Home Improvement Failure

Even though turn-key is the trend nowadays, there are so many benefits to taking on home improvement projects in order to make your current place (or a fixer upper) into your dream home! However, it can turn into quite the disaster if certain mistakes are made. Don’t worry, these 6 Tips will get you headed in the right direction!

Plan and Prepare

Before you begin, there needs to be a thorough planning process. Map out exactly what you will be doing, research proper procedures and pictures of the desired outcome, etc. You need to completely positive that you will be happy with the results. In this phase, you want to make sure you properly measure everything and plan out what materials and tools are needed, as well as the most efficient order of action.

Decide What Can and Can’t Be a DIY

This is important. A lot of things can be done on your own especially with correct research, but many things cannot and should not. Things like demolition, plumbing, and electrical work should be handled by professionals to ensure it’s done properly and safely. Any mistakes in these areas can cost you a lot more to fix than it saved you in the first place, no to mention the time and headaches you’ll save.


Transitioning into the next point, make sure you are doing your research before you take on any of the projects you deem DIY-able. Places like Home Depot offer “How-To” type of classes for many different topics. The internet can be a fantastic tool, but be weary of online tutorials coming from just any ole average Joe. They may be giving you incorrect advice, or regulations that are only accurate for their specific state, etc. Lastly, keep in mind the age old saying “Measure Twice, Cut Once”!

Check Your Permits

Don’t ever begin any renovations until you know you have total permission and correct permits to do so. There are many things that require approval from the city office or your condo association for example. You may think it’s harmless to build a new deck, cut down a tree, or knock down a wall, but many times these things need a specific permit to do so!

Calculate Costs

Another item to be checked off before even beginning your project is to calculate the accurate costs. Be specific with actual prices of materials from where you will be purchasing them from, tool you may need to buy, and measure out exactly how much of each you will need. It won’t be good enough to just guestimate, because it may end up putting you a few hundred over budget when you realize you need a few more cans of paint or an extra power tool you didn’t realize you needed before.

Hiring Choices

For the projects you’re being honest with yourself and realize you may not be able to take on, hire wisely. Make sure you’re looking at plenty of options, plenty of reviews, and if possible using a reference from someone you know and has used them personally. Get quotes from a few different companies, and make sure that it’s a flat rate and most likely will not fluctuate at all. There’s no greater frustration than knowing prices “start at X dollars” but when your project is finished, the actual invoice is much higher than your budget allowed for.

Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be the next Joanna Gaines and living in your dream home!

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