Renovating your home is a great way to add value and improve the aesthetics of your property. Although, there are some things that you should always be keeping in mind during your renovation process to avoid any potential mistakes. Mistakes can put your project behind schedule or even end up costing more money. iRemodel Home Renovations has put together a list of six common mistakes to avoid during a home renovation.
Precise measurements ensure that your upgrades will fit perfectly into their proper places. It is always a good idea to measure several times during your renovation project to ensure you have the right numbers before you cut or place new materials. Many property owners only measure once and end up wasting money on unusable materials that are slightly off.
Prevent Exposed Wires
Exposed wires are dangerous, aesthetically unappealing, and simply poor workmanship. It is important that wiring is always properly laid and capped to prevent accidents. Covering the wires also prevents pests and environmental exposure from damaging your wiring. Many lower-end construction teams may leave wires exposed until the end of the project or may even forget to cover them at all.
Changing Your Floors
It may cost a bit more to remove your old flooring before laying down a new one, but the extra cost is worth it. Few types of materials can remain intact when a new floor is laid, one exception is epoxy over concrete. For other types of flooring, leaving your old floor in place can result in an uneven surface that leads to an uneven floor. Leaving a poor base will just result in having your new floor removed for repair, which can be costly.
Secure Your Permits
The majority of renovation projects will require at least one type of permit, in some cases more than one. If you plan to have a bathroom renovation, kitchen renovation, or upgrade your windows, chances are you will need to secure permission from the city in advance. Many property owners skip this step and end up with fines, shoddy workmanship, and even project delays.
Use Specialized Outlets
Wet rooms such as the bathrooms and kitchen need special outlets. Because they will be exposed to water, they will need to have a ground-fault circuit interrupter. This allows for an automatic shut off in the event that anything plugged into the socket comes in contact with water. When it comes to electricity, it is always important to be safe in advance instead of sorry later.
Avoid Using Cheap Adhesives
Budgets play a large role in any renovation project, but no matter what your budget, never choose cheap adhesives. In bathrooms and kitchens especially, it is important to use the right glue for space and the materials that need to be bonded. Cheap options may save you money in the short term, but constant repairs will end up costing much more.
How iRemodel Home Renovations Can Help
There are a lot of things to keep track of during a home renovation project. Avoiding these six common mistakes will ensure that your project runs much more efficiently and stays on budget. For more information about home renovation or to get information about our renovation packages, give our team at iRemodel Home Renovations a call at (416) 825-2542.