Wrapping up remodeling month on Nail Gun Depot, let's hear from the experts - the contractors who tackle home renovation projects daily. Get insight from the professionals, when you learn the do's and don'ts in home remodeling, here on the Nail Gun Network.
- Don't Delay Progress - Taking too long to decide on materials, colors and other general design aesthetics can really slow progress. It's important to be comfortable with your choices, but being too indecisive can ultimately put the brakes on a renovation project. Likewise, be careful not to backtrack by making major changes mid-project. Making changes after materials have been purchased and installed can be costly, adding unnecessary expense.
- Do Purchase Your Own Materials - Depending on who you talk to, you will get different points of view on this subject. The real decision ultimately hinges on your level of comfort. If you are an avid DIYer, you might prefer to shop for your own materials to guarantee 100 percent control over cost. Most contractors will mark up the materials they purchase - however, letting someone else take care of procuring materials can be much more convenient, and will better ensure correct items are purchased on the first try.
- Don't Start A Major Renovation Without Emergency Funds - An emergency fund - also known as a contingency fund - is an absolute must for any major renovation or remodeling project, especially in older structures or homes that have not been maintained. When a homeowner starts thinking about renovating, they don't often think about the hidden problems that demolition might uncover. Rotten wood, mold, faulty electrical, and other structural imperfections are all very common risks that remodeling can uncover. To ensure these issues can be repaired properly, it's important to set funds aside ahead of time. Most recommend setting at least an additional 5 percent of your overall budget aside.
- Do Live Elsewhere - During a major renovation, most homeowners prefer to keep away from the construction. This makes it easier for a contractor to move around without disrupting occupants. It also makes it easier for the homeowner to live comfortably. Sometimes, a costly renovation does not leave the option to live elsewhere. If this is the case, try to find a comfortable retreat away from the hustle and bustle of construction.
- Don't Take On A Project You Aren't Comfortable With - When in doubt, leave it to the professionals. More often than not, if you don't have a firm understanding of what you are doing, a contractor will end up getting involved anyway - fixing mistakes. Some projects are more complex than others, so know your limitations from the start. For many DIYer's taking on their first big remodel, consider consulting with a contractor as you move through the motions of your project - even if you do most of the labor yourself.
These and other tips should set the foundation for success in any home renovation or remodel. For advice on the tools to take on your remodeling project, consult the Nail Gun Network or contact a specialist at Nail Gun Depot!
~ The Nail Gun Depot Team