Thanks to YouTube tutorials and TV shows devoted to tackling home renovations, it’s easy to get started on a home project. But, even the simplest makeover can sometimes cause complications like you can’t imagine.
Here are do’s and don’ts that will spare you from home makeover headaches.
1. Do consider the season. If you need to install air-conditioning, buy your materials BEFORE the hot summer months when materials can get incredibly expensive due to high demand.
Fix your leaky roof BEFORE the rains come to save on labor costs and avoid dangers and potential accidents.
Retile your bathroom DURING the time big home depots go on sale, while making the rounds of different suppliers to canvass prices.
2. Don’t focus on the superficial. It’s easy to get caught up on the superficial aspects of a renovation—finishes like flooring, wall coverings and fixtures.
But, plumbing, electrical connections and structural considerations are important factors of a “healthy” home. Having a professional look through your home will allow you to find out if any heavy-duty fixes need to be undertaken.
3. Do work on getting a good team. Many headaches that come along with fixing up your home comes with the people you work with.
Assembling a good crew can be tricky—gathering recommendations is an essential part of the process. Word of mouth is a good idea—look for testimonials from trustworthy sources whose houses you admire and have stood well over several years. Checking a supplier or a contractor’s track record is part and parcel of securing a good team.
4. Don’t think you can always do it yourself. You can paint a wall in a solid color, yes, but doing a mural for your kid’s bedroom? It can end up in disaster if you’re not used to working on big-scale projects.
You may have a degree in Electrical Engineering but do you have the years of practice it takes to figure out the nitty-gritty of real life situations? Working on your home on your own may save you money up front, but if it will result in future redos, you may want to consider investing in a team of skilled workers instead.
5. Do make up your mind. To get the job done and get it done well, make firm decisions about the materials you’re using, the designer or contractor you’re working with and also the design you’d like to implement. Changing your mind can result in added costs and delays.
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Chinggay Labrador is a freelance writer and stylist, contributing articles on beauty, lifestyle and design to local magazines. Her background in architecture has her profiling trends and homes throughout the region. A travel junkie who likes to frequent Japan and Korea, Chinggay is the former editor-in-chief of Sparkling, a quarterly K-Pop publication and is also the author of “Popped and Popped, Too,” books based on the fun, frivolity and friendship centered on Korean Pop music.