Do It Yourself

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We sure have a lot of different sayings about home. Well, the reasons are super “obvi” (to coin a favorite millennial abbreviation)…

Home is a part of us—so when we decide to take on the task of renovation, we want to go about it in the right way so we don’t have to live with—or in—the wrong decision. We want to make sure that we’re taking good care of this thing we love.

All that being said, we did a little digging and found some of the most common mistakes people give in to during the remodeling process.


Don’t underestimate costs/budget.

Sure, costs might add up, and that could be scary, but stick to your original vision. Also plan on some “cushion” because the unexpected always has a knack for rearing its expensive head.

Don’t change your mind halfway through.

It’s normal to have last-minute doubts or “cold feet.” Change is hard… but remember what guided the original decision, and give those instincts some credit. Renovation, like anything worthwhile, requires commitment.

Don’t skimp on the stuff you can’t see.

“Hey doc, forget about the stuff under my skin. No one can see that.” Can you imagine saying that during a surgery? Your house has bones just like you do… well, not exactly like you do, but it does have structural supports, wiring, and other essentials that keep it working properly and looking great.

Don’t skip out on permits.

Long story short, it’s just plain illegal. Get the correct building permits and work within the law. It’s just another way of protecting yourself from catastrophe.

Don’t forget to make a plan for waste removal.

In between the “before” and “after” pictures of a renovation is a whole lotta debris. Sometimes we forget that part, because it’s not like anyone’s pulling out and bragging about the “between” photos. What this means is that all this waste can sometimes take you by surprise and end up with you scrambling and spending more money and time than necessary.

Now that you've cleared all the DON'Ts, it's time to focus on an essential DO: