Don’t enlist the help of family and friends to save money with home renovations.
As tempting as it may be to involve your nearest and dearest to help you and your wallet out, it may actually make for expensive mistakes and worse still, injuries. To avoid any unwanted delays, costs or mishaps, it’s always best to let those with experience lend a helping hand or indeed professionals when renovating your home.
Like it or not it’s quite realistic that you will go over your estimated budget.
As much as you don’t want to think that this will happen and that you’ve calculated every aspect of labour, materials, and other extras down to the last penny, more often than not your budget will be exceeded. It’s often the case with remodelling projects that plumbing, structural or electrical issues can be unearthed. Or in older homes it can be leaky pipes or rotting wood. It’s a good idea to have an extra buffer on your budget for those unexpected surprises.
Don’t overlook building codes and regulations
Depending on your type of home, what country you live in and where in that country, there may be local building codes and regulations that you will need to consider with any construction or remodelling job. For example, if you would need to be digging outside your home to install a pool or installing any structural components then it’s advised to contact a building inspector to carry out a safety review.
Don’t risk your safety to get it done quicker or cheaper
You may think this is just common sense but it’s worth noting that the amount of accidents in the home that result in hospital visits are often DIY attempts that go wrong. To prevent yourself from adding to the statistics, always make sure that any home renovations you do are done with your own safety as a priority. If you are unsure or don’t have the proper equipment to ensure your safety then don’t do it, always hire a professional, especially if power tools and electricity are involved.
Don’t be discouraged – your dream home is possible
Although money is a big factor when deciding whether or not you can start to create your perfect home, time and the sourcing of services and even just where to start can be a little overwhelming.
Instead of taking on a whole renovation project all at once, it’s worth talking your time with it and doing it in stages. This helps your stress levels and also your finances as you don’t have to come up with ideas all at once and you can do smaller budgets for each section.