From ignoring prep work and safety to setting unrealistic budgets, find out how to avoid these mistakes and more when renovating.
Buying Cheap Materials
Carpenter Jimmy Little adds his two cents: “If you’re going to do it, do it. If you can’t afford to do it, wait.”
Skipping the Prep Work
Contractor Jim Collins says, “It’s a horrible, tedious process, and nobody likes it, but it saves so much time later on down the way. And that’s what you’re trying to do: save yourself money and time.”
“I see this time and time again where people just start, and they think they’re going to pull a piece of wallpaper off, and by the time the process is over, they’ve completely gotten themselves into a deep, dark hole that’s very difficult to get out of,” adds Eric Stromer of Over Your Head.
Excessive Use of Duct Tape
“People use duct tape because it’s cheap and it’s quick and it’s easy, but it’s definitely a temporary solution. Don’t leave it up for more than a couple hours, ever,” Jimmy adds.