Five Home Improvement Costly Mistakes

You might be the DIY type who feels that any remodeling project can be completed with a few simple tools and the right materials. While that is sometimes the case, there are also several things that DIY remodelers forget to do or simply don't think about before starting a project that can lead to serious blunders in your home's design. With a bit of preparation and safety, you can actually save money in the long run by thinking your through project completely. Here are some of the mistakes that are the most common in home remodels.

1. Not Taking Precaution


Even if you're the strongest person alive, if you fall off a ladder, there's about a hundred ways you can land and seriously injure yourself. Choosing to not wear safety goggles or overloading a safety outlet can really lead to some unfortunate, yet preventable accidents. You can turn off breakers in addition to these other safety ideas to ensure that you are keeping it safe while you work on any hazardous project.

2. Prime, then Paint


All too often, people forget to prime a surface before they slap some paint on. The key to a great looking paint job is always in the prep. A coat of primer can seal the surface, give more durability and make a solid bond for the coat of paint to stick to. Sometimes you don't need prime, but that's really only when painting latex over latex and if the colors have the same intensity.

3. Hiring the Right Professional


If you are working with any type of plumbing or electrical wiring, or you are changing the layout of your home drastically, you'll probably need a professional that has the permits and qualifications to do the job. You should never let anyone who isn't a licensed contractor to work on your home, however. Most states require that electricians, plumbers and contractors have a license or state certification. That doesn't mean they do good work, however. You should always check references and look at previous work for better understanding of someone's capabilities.

4. Adding a Subfloor


This is important for any home. You need an underlayment or vapor barrier for laminate flooring for any surface that you plan on installing it upon. The subfloor protects against moisture but also gives more soundproofing to your home. Hardwood floors require an even subfloor so make sure that it is level. If you are laying tile in a bathroom, cement backer board should be used underneath.

5. Getting the Permits


All too often, homeowners skip the permits to save a buck. However, you're really hurting yourself in the long run. You can build a beautiful deck only to find out that you have to tear it back down because you didn't pull the permits. You need to find out the rules and regulations for your local area in order to build anything new. You also need to know the codes and inspections before you start any remodeling project. If you don't pull permits, you can lose significant value on your home and not qualify for insurance.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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