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Home Renovation Traps And How To Avoid Them

Summer is here and many property owners consider this to be an excellent time of the year for a home makeover. Warmer and sunnier weather lifts the spirits and is better for tackling renovation projects so why not take advantage and make some changes in your home this searson. Don't be tempted however, to rush head first into a project without taking heed of some this friendly advice. There are a number of pitfalls that come with any kind of remodeling job and it's always a good idea to keep them in mind. Knowing what not to do will definitely save you money and time in the long run while making the whole process more enjoyable and far less stressful for all concerned.

Don't Rush, Take Your Time

You may be filled with enthusiasm but take time to plan your project carefully, price it accurately and then stick to it. Knowing what you want and how you're going to get there is a large part of the battle. You may find that you revise the plan several times before work starts but don't worry as this is a common occurrence. Take into account all possible scenarios and make sure the plan can accommodate any unforeseen events.

Choose Your Contractor Wisely

This is a very important part of any renovation project even if you're planning to do some of the work yourself. Don't pick the first contractor you encounter, do your research thoroughly, get several bids and choose wisely. Ask for references and don't just take their word for them. Check them out for yourself. Ensure that any work is covered by the contractors insurance and if a sub-contractor is being used that they're covered too. Meet with the contractor before you book their service and get a feel for them face to face. Choose one that is open, honest and upfront about costs, designs, contracts and using your ideas.

Stick to Your Guns

Once the renovation has started try your best to stick to the plan. Don't be swayed by the opinions of others as you might find you regret changing your mind.

Be Realistic with the Budget

You must allow for "wriggle" room when planning the budget as nothing ever goes according to plan in this area. Once you've calculated a price, add another 20% which should be enough to cover the unexpected. Don't be tempted to penny-pinch as a few saved here and there could cost you more in the long run because those savings have been made by choosing lower quality and less durable materials.

Don't try to save money by doing it all yourself. Even the most skilled DIY'er will have something that they're not comfortable doing. It's much better to employ a professional contractor and save yourself future costs of repair or reversing the damage you've caused by trying to tackle the work yourself. There are ways you can save a bit of money without being stupid.

Leave yourself enough time and you'll have the opportunity to scour the classifieds, attend auctions, visit salvage yards and ask around for your materials. You don't have to buy new in order to undertake a renovation project. Equally good results can be achieved by using reclaimed or recycled materials.

Plan a Good Cleanup When the Project is Completed

When the construction work is finished there's one final step before you can sit back and relax. Treat your home to a good clean and you'll be amazed at the difference it makes. Dispose of materials, vacuum up the dust and don't forget about the windows. When you need such service there are plenty of companies providing window cleaning services in Milton Keynes. When you're done with the whole renovation process you can cheat with hiring someone to clean up.

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