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Home improvement mistakes to avoid

November 20, 2014

You care about the condition of your home, so naturally you put time and effort into keeping it clean, insured and up to date. There is even a good chance you do much of the repair and upkeep yourself. But too often people set out to improve a part of their homes and end up doing the opposite. Home improvement isn't easy, but it doesn't have to be hard either. It is important to know what you are capable of and do it right.

Here are a few examples of home improvement mistakes to avoid:

Know when to call a pro

Just because you know how something is done doesn't mean you should do it. Sometimes, a professional is the only choice. Making that call should be the first step in any home improvement project; yet, many people often overlook it. They start a job and end up making it worse before they realize they can't get the job done right after all. Don't let it get that far. Call in the professional from the beginning.

Some common examples of things you shouldn't attempt yourself are roofing repairs, plumbing and electrical work. Unless you have experience or training, you can end up doing more damage to your home, or to yourself, than good.

Avoid common home improvement mistakes.

Keep your appliances and cabinets size appropriate

You have knocked down a wall and opened up a space to fit your new large appliances. But a large space full of large appliances can actually make the space seem small again. A new open space doesn't mean it has to be packed full of appliances, cabinets, furniture or anything else. Your place should be comfortable for you and the homeowners that will live there after you. Don't clutter your home with awkward extras.

Make use of green technology and parts

It is especially important to keep up with the times when improving your home so it maintains value. Getting a brand-new dishwasher is great, but if you get one that is not energy efficient, you may find yourself in an uncomfortable situation in a few years being the odd one out. The reason you are doing these home repairs and updates is because the parts you are removing from your house are dated. So modernize and keep your home value up.

Continue to update

When it comes to updating, you should know that completion is never really achieved. Homes don't reach a point of completion in which they are prepared forever. New technologies and styles are coming out every day. This doesn't mean you will have no rest from the work and can't just enjoy the home, but it does mean you should keep up with the times. Whether you are looking to sell your home down the road or hoping to lower your home insurance premiums, keeping it updated can be advantageous for you on all counts.

Home improvement can be a great idea. But don't get in over your head, and make sure to take the correct approach.