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Top Building Renovation Blunders

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Renovating a home or office can be fun and exciting, but not all projects go as planned. While construction mistakes made by your contractor are beyond your control, you can prevent unnecessary stress by understanding these common building renovation blunders.

Top Building Renovation Blunders

  • Not setting a budget

Don’t commit to a project without studying the cost and determining how much you are willing to spend. Most people create a budget for materials without realizing that labor is actually the biggest expense in a big renovation.

Another thing you have to consider is that there will be unexpected repairs once the demolition starts. Defects may be hiding behind the walls or ceiling for years! Allot extra money for what you’re going discover you need during renovation.

For small renovations, you can probably pay out of pocket. But if you are planning for major work, it will probably require financing. Check out loan applications to see how much you can borrow before meeting with a contractor.

  • Buying cheap

If you are on a budget, it can be tempting to pick up discounted materials. While it’s not wrong to try to save a few dollars, don’t make the mistake of buying cheap. As they say, you get what you pay for.

If you cannot afford high-quality materials now, maybe you are better off waiting a little longer.

  • Hopping on the bandwagon

Sure you want your home or office to be hip and trendy. But how about five years from now? Your renovation project today may not be so hot in the future.

If you are changing the look of your property, might as well go for something that will stand the test of time instead of a short-term fad.

  • Skipping the prep work

Preliminary work can be tedious, but it could save you time and money down the road. Even if you are hiring a contractor, you should know what questions to ask. Keep a close eye on the project and know when something is not done right.

  • Building narrow doorways, hallways and staircases

It is easy to get caught up with the excitement of building new rooms – until you realize the exits are not wide enough to let furniture pass through. Hallways and staircases should not take up too much space but should not be cramped either.

  • Choosing the wrong paint

We are not talking about colors here. There are different types of paint for different types of surfaces, and people often make the mistake of choosing the wrong one.

Painters often use acrylic flat paint for ceilings and interior walls, and latex or oil enamel for the exterior. Note that there are specialized paints for concrete, wood, drywall, ironwork and wallpaper.

  • Not updating the electrical system

For old buildings, it is important to check the electrical system and make sure it is up to code. Locate the areas that need new outlets and what type of plugs need to fit in. It’s easy to forget about electricity because the cables are hidden. Unfortunately, some property managers ignore it outright because of the high cost of rewiring.

  • Not taking safety seriously

Personal safety should be a priority even in small DIY renovations. Protect your eyesight with a pair of goggles, your hearing with a set of earmuffs, your hands with gloves, and your feet with a heavy-duty pair of boots. And always have a first-aid kit on hand.

Hiring a professional construction company can help you avoid these renovation blunders. Consult one today.

Written by Hubert Builders, a full service commercial construction company in Columbia, MO.

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  • Published: 7 months ago on December 13, 2017
  • Last Modified: December 13, 2017 @ 1:06 pm
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