If you’re about to start up your very first bathroom remodeling project there is some good news and some bad news for you. The bad news is that people who go about this sort of thing on an amateur level tend to make a lot of mistakes. The good news is that there are a lot of resources at your disposal these days to help you avoid those mistakes.
Below is a collection of common mistakes to avoid so as to help you get started. Read these carefully and take them to heart because some of the mistakes can prove costly, and you may as well learn from other people’s mistakes then making your own.
Buying the wrong products to save money
This is one of the worst things you can do. If everything you’ve read suggests a certain product is better than the other, then don’t take it upon yourself to believe any differently. Saving money is great but ending up with the wrong thing will end up costing you a lot later on. It may end up being something that doesn’t work or something that is low quality and breaks.
It’s surprising how many people make this mistake. It happens with bathroom remodeling as well as virtually any other kind of home renovation. The funny thing is that people tend to realize they’re doing something wrong by skipping this step, but they still just cross their fingers and hope for the best anyway because it seems to be easier that way, or they simply couldn’t be bothered.
Not planning ahead
Don’t pick and choose the things you are going to do in your remodeling project as you go along. Plan ahead so you know exactly what you’re getting into. This way you can not only do better when shopping around for the products you’ll need, but you’ll also be able to more easily discover what steps you’ll need to take down the road so you can get the right tools and ask for the right advice.
Not getting permits
Depending on what you’re doing with your bathroom, you might just need a permit before starting anything. While the cost of a permit may seem unnecessary and even high at the time of applying, the cost of not having one will no doubt be a lot higher. The last thing you want is to be slapped with a fine because you didn’t do this.
Not knowing the bylaws
This is even more important in the days of environmentally proactive laws. It’s incredibly easy to end up doing something in the course of a home renovation that breaks a bylaw and this can come back and haunt you later on. With bathroom remodeling this is especially true, so be careful and do your research.
Not protecting yourself
This means physical protection. Those who are involved in renovations as a profession understand just how important personal protection equipment can be. Those who only do a few remodeling chores now and then often can’t be bothered to be safe or don’t want to spend the money to buy safety equipment. Well, if this mistake proves costly it will prove very costly, so just don’t do it!