Renovation and remodeling may cost you more than what you expected. Most people prefer taking up house renovation/remodeling projects; presuming the exciting tasks ahead of them. What they don’t realize is that no matter how much they save by not hiring a professional, it may cost them more because of the typical mistakes that DIY-enthusiasts make.
DIY renovation projects are more challenging than they appear because you may not be experienced in certain areas, like plumbing, interior design or electrical work, and inexperience causes mistakes. Read ahead to learn about some common mistakes that family handymen make, summarized by Vision Rooflights experts:
1. Moisture mistakes
Even if you are not an expert in the woodworking industry, you must be aware of the properties of wood, like expansion and contraction due to the temperature and moisture conditions in a room. The science of furniture construction emphasizes the fact that wooden installations must have adequate space for this expansion/contraction to take place with ease; else, the installation will be damaged completely. E.g., cracks caused in the bathroom installations (wooden) as well as gazebo chairs due to moisture and temperature fluctuations.
2. Irregular wiring
Do you have prior experience in electrical tasks? The most common mistake that inexperienced handymen make is interchanging the neutral wires with hot wires; however, the second most common mistake is cutting the cables too short or long, which may cause severe issues later on. Interchanging wires will result in a circuit failure and may damage a few appliances due to overload of voltage as well, while wrongly cutting the wires will cause inconvenience, i.e., you may need a longer wire for an appliance, and if there isn’t any in the box, then you may have to rewire everything inside to have a longer one, and if you have enough wire in the box, it may get tangled with other wires in the electric box and cause damage. Irregular wiring may only be an inconvenience initially; however, it may enhance the problems severely in the future.
3. Compromising due to a strict budget
Yes, it is essential to set a tight budget; however, many people estimate an unworkable budget, which either leads to incomplete renovation or forces them to compromise with the quality or features of the installations. Low-quality products can be purchased at lower rates, but their repair and maintenance costs are too high. Compromising while renovating your house due to lack of sufficient budget or connections in the industry will defy the entire purpose because your place may look appealing now, but it won’t in a few months.
4. Lazy handling
Similar to wood, careless handling of other materials may damage them or the items nearby. Lack of professionalism causes such issues, where DIY-enthusiasts take up projects but don’t have enough zeal to complete them entirely. If the plumbing pipes are mishandled, walls are not painted on time, or heavy objects are left unorganized on the floor, then it may damage the surface, as well as the products, kept nearby. It may also affect the quality of the pipes/wood due to rust/moisture. Lazy handling is a common phenomenon, and the ill-effects are apparent as well.
- Plumbing gone wrong
One of the most critical jobs of house remodeling/renovation is plumbing. Even a slight mistake can cause a leak and damage the house entirely. You must know all about the water pipes, faucets and drainage systems to make sure that you connect everything correctly and at the right place. Water leaks can damage the paints, furniture and even affect the foundation of the house. Improper drainage causes faulty faucets, backflow of water, and various other issues.
5. Architectural inefficiency
If you ain’t an architect, then the chances of structural mistakes are much higher because not everything depends on the appearance of the space; sometimes, accurate measurements and placement are crucial to enhance the appeal of the house. E.g., if your roof lights aren’t installed properly, then it may not illuminate the room entirely, or if the uneven floors are not straightened up, then it may affect the placement and look of all the other installations in the rooms adversely.
Instead of making mistakes or wrong decisions, hire a professional, who is experienced enough to ensure 100% efficiency and perfection with the renovations/remodeling. Small projects are easy, so you can fulfill your DIY desires on them, and leave the rest to the experts.