Don't Make These Common DIY Remodeling Mistakes

If you are planning on doing some remodeling of your home, you are probably busy looking up plans, making sure you have the supplies, and working out a schedule. While this is a good start, there are also some things to make sure you don't do, which tend to be common mistakes people do when attempting their own renovations. Here are some DIY remodeling mistakes to avoid.

Failing to Keep Your Safety in Mind

The reason why professionals are often called in to complete renovations is because not only do they know the proper safety protocols, but their potential injuries are covered by insurance. If you insist on completing the project on your own, make sure you are taking all the right precautions. Keep the area of the house blocked off from children and pets so they don't get injured. Wear safety gear, such as boots, a hard hat, gloves, and goggles. If you are high up on a ladder or ledge, have someone else nearby watching you. Always turn off the electrical power supply before knocking down a wall so you don't get electrocuted.

Not Getting Permits

Even for a small remodeling project, you may need to get a permit. If you fail to do so, and later need one, you could be paying a much higher fine. Generally, minor remodeling like pulling up carpeting to lay down wood flooring doesn't require a permit. However, when you are knocking down walls, replacing major plumbing fixtures, or re-wiring rooms, then you should ask the local permit office if you need one.

Using Low-Quality Tools

Make sure that when you start picking up tools, equipment, and materials for your DIY project, you are not just getting the cheapest tools you can find. While DIY projects do allow you to save some money by not hiring a contractor, you still need to make a good investment in really good quality tools. This will help your projects to go much more smoothly.

Doing Your Own Demolition

If you are doing a major demolition project, it is best to hire a demolition company for that part at least. For example, if you are opening up your kitchen to have more of an open concept between the living room and kitchen area, you might be knocking down a load-bearing wall. This type of house demolition does require a professional to do the job because of its complication.

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