Many people have finally come to the point where they simply cannot stand their bathroom anymore and so comes the dreaded bathroom makeover. Not only is the makeover a little scary because of all of the work that is involved, but also there is typically a lot of money that gets spent. The thing is though; you can really cut down on the expense and the work with enough advance planning.
Write out all your plans and decorating ideas, before you just start ripping out the walls or plumbing. This will serve as your guide in order to make sure that you are staying on track. You will want to avoid some common bathroom makeover mistakes. As long as you know what these things are and do your best to not make these mistakes, the entire experience should be a pleasant one.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is they take their crowded bathroom and make it even more crowded. Setting a wall further back may inspire you to install many things you do not even need or can afford. Avoid this temptation. In order to avoid this, you need to make a list of all of the things you want out of your bathroom makeover and number them in terms of importance. If you run out of room, simply cut off the bottom half of your must have list.
Changing their mind is a common mistake of homeowners during a bathroom makeover. Plan your bathroom details ahead of time. This includes everything from the color of the tile floor to the color of the walls. Once you address and make a decision on your bathroom decorating ideas, you need to leave them alone. Changing your mind half-way through only wastes your time and your money.
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Opportunity and danger are two sides of the same coin. Home improvement projects offer the opportunity to enjoy your home and to increase its value. Such projects; however, present the danger of personal injury, property damage, and unexpected expense if the work contains construction defects. Here are some steps you should take to maximize the opportunity and minimize the danger of home improvement projects. This article addresses common construction defects in exterior projects involving gas pipes and electrical wires. Related articles cover other construction defects.
1. Do your homework. People research many major purchases; but they spend thousands of dollars on home improvements with little or no research about avoiding construction defects or about hiring a qualified and reliable contractor. Information that can help homeowners is available from many sources. Books explain basic construction and building code concepts in plain language. Manufacturer’s installation instructions for many products are available on the internet. This does not mean that you need to become a construction expert before you embark on a home improvement project. You can and should; however, become educated so that you can recognize common construction defects. Being able to recognize construction defects puts the contractor on notice that you are an informed consumer.
2. Use only licensed and experienced contractors. Verify the status of the contractor’s license and whether any complaints have been filed against the contractor. Complaints against a contractor are not always a deal killer, but they are a red flag that requires more investigation. Obtain references from the contractor and contact them. Use at least one reference from a project completed over one year ago to help you determine the contractor’s response to warranty issues.
3. Obtain a building permit, if required. A building permit is usually required if new electrical circuits, water pipes, or gas … Continue Reading