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In Part One, I discussed all of the important things one needs to do to ensure a successful and not stressful renovation. Here, I discuss what not to do when conducting a renovation project.


1) Be Cheap

If you buy materials that are inexpensive, you’ll end up with materials that are (1) low-quality and (2) more likely to have increased wear and tear over a shorter period of time than if you bought high-quality materials at a slightly higher price.

2) Refuse to Ask for Help

Even being off by a quarter of an inch can make a world of difference in a bad way. If you use the wrong materials or the wrong bolts and screws to hold everything in place, you may end up with a disaster on your hands. You may see more construction injuries, damaged and unusable materials, and asymmetrical designs that you didn’t intend for. If you don’t know how to proceed in your work, seek professional help. “Better safe than sorry!” they always say!

3) Get Too Confident on “Demo Day”

Demolition can be a load of fun. Smashing walls, sawing off wood that is too long, using a sledge hammer–all of these are great things when done with a prepared and controlled mind. If you get too confident as you barrel down parts of your home, you may end up destroying something you actually need. Make sure to only demolish that which you know needs to be torn down.

4) Ignore Electrics

In any room, it is important to plan for lighting fixtures. Pay attention to how much natural light each room has and realistically estimate how much light you need to synthetically add to it. Do this not only for your family, but also for anyone who may view the home in the future to buy or rent it from you. Keeping all potential parties in mind can help to ensure all bases are covered.

5) Make Things Too Small

Overcrowding in your home is frustrating when you know the square footage of the home allows for a larger group. Making stairs, hallways, living spaces, offices, doors, or foyers too small can lead to inconvenient situations for multiple reasons. Keeping rooms walled off will make the flow of the house much more congested. The house may feel smaller and outdated to buyers, renters, or guests simply because spaces are too tight. Try to avoid making changes to the home that you know someone may feel the need to undo.

6) Be Reckless

Don’t underestimate the power of “winging it.” The amount of harm that can come from thoughtlessness is vast. Whether you’re deciding what equipment to purchase or how many hedges to plant for privacy purposes, safety is always of utmost importance when renovating. This includes following local, state, and federal laws during your renovation process! Homeowner’s Associations also need to be contacted for proper authorization.

All of these “Don’ts” boil down to this: Prepare thoroughly to ensure you’re (1) completing the best project, (2) using quality materials, (3) implementing proper safety precautions, and (4) ensuring proper authorization.