Before you begin any DIY restoration project around your home, we encourage you to read this article about common mistakes made by homeowners. Don’t get us wrong; we applaud all DIY-ers for willing to take on home improvement projects. Just know that most common remodeling jobs requires proper planning.
ALWAYS TAKE THE SAFE ROUTE
Even though you’re in your own house, safety is the number one priority. This means doing things like wearing safety goggles, respecting the dangers of electricity by turning off the main breaker when necessary, not standing on tops of ladders, etc.
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING INTO
It’s quite common for a seemingly simple renovation idea to require much more work than previously thought. For example, the remodeling of a bathroom will often include drywall removal, floor reinforcement, and electrical and plumbing work.
MAP OUT THE DESTRUCTION
Holding a sledgehammer and swinging away can be exhilarating, but make sure you’ve identified all load bearing points before you take that first swing. If you’re off by even the slimmest of margins, you may be repairing two walls instead of just the one you had planned on.
GET IT APPROVED
Yes, it’s your home but any additions or remodeling you make to it may require specific permits. This is also important to your insurance provider because if an accident occurs and you do not have the proper permit, the damage will most likely not be covered.
If your goal is to remodel your home to position it better to sell, you should avoid any personal touches, such as hot pink colored walls. Trends come and go, so if the goal is to sell, the key is to let prospective buyers use their imagination in how they’d remodel.
J&M KEYSTONE CAN HELP YOU
There’s no shame in realizing that a job is too big or asking for advice. That’s what we’re here for! As a full-service contractor here in San Diego, we’ve got over 50 years of combined experience in home restoration, reconstruction and repair. We’d love to talk with you about your project! Call J&M Keystone at 800-368-2757 today!
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