Just as a home improvement project can be very beneficial, it can also cause as much disaster when not done right. Year after year, the number of New York homeowners jumping into the home remodeling and improvement bandwagon is getting larger and larger. A percentage of this population fails miserably in one way or another. To avoid becoming one among this number, here are the 5 most common home improvement mistakes to avoid ideal whether you are in Manhattan, Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island.
Not Checking with the Community
Before even creating your home improvement plan, it is a must to check your property’s local zoning codes. Not doing so could lead to ugly legal bouts, and not knowing is never an excuse with the law. Contact the City Hall and inquire about the requirements to acquire permits for your project. Some homeowner associations might also have their set of imposed design specifications. And certain home improvements are restricted if your home is located within a historic neighborhood.
Failing to Plan… Properly
With the lot of warning homeowners are getting, those undertaking home improvement projects have already taken action. Many now prepare a game plan before actually tackling just any project. But the question is, have you drafted your plan well enough to ensure project success? A well-detailed plan is one of your keys to a beautiful as well as functional result. And any area overlooked in the plan could create the greatest of disturbance in the progress of the project or worse – failure and a waste of time, effort, and money.
Not Accepting Your Limitations
When weighing the skill set that you posses, pushing your limits can not only lead to backbreaking tasks that results to wasted time and effort. What you think saved you some dollars by doing yourself might end you up with more bank-breaking bills. Yes picking up a paint brush can be a breeze but with projects that require larger tools and more intricate knowledge, better hand the home improvements to qualified contractors. With your experience in project management and time available, carefully consider whether you’ll need a part-time supervisor or a general contractor. Do your home and your pocket book a favor and don’t risk it.
Hiring the Wrong Contractors
As craftsmanship is what makes up high quality results that stand the tests of time, who you hire is among the most important decisions you have to get to in the life of your project. Hire a qualified contractor through considering: proper and valid license, BBB membership, unresolved complaints filed, applicable liability insurance coverage, professional background and references. To hire the home improvement contractor to give the best value for your money, get multiple bids before making the big decision.
Not Doing Your Part
Being a homeowner means that you still shoulder the greatest accountability, and take note, this is the case even if you have hired a general contractor. Every so often, you still have to check on your hired home improvement contractors and subcontractors and the work that they are doing. Keep complete records of important project documents and have easy access to them for quick reference in case of confusions and arising issues. Leave the lines of communication open to resolve problems in its earliest stage enabling immediate resolution that is within budget. And provide a good and comfortable working environment for your workers.