Home Renovation and Remodeling Mistakes You Should Avoid

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Home renovation and remodeling is fun. However, it also involves a lot of things that could make or break your DIY project. And when you do commit mistakes, they can either be costly or damaging to your property in general.

From the lack of preparation to setting outrageous budgets, you most likely will end up doing more harm than good to your home. That’s why when you decide it’s time to do some remodeling or renovation, you must know and be informed about the different mistakes to avoid.

At Better Homes and Gardens, there’s an article titled “7 Common Remodeling Mistakes” talking about how you should ideally plan a remodeling project at home. One of the mistakes that the article listed is rushing the project. Read the excerpt below:

Rushing into your project.

“Develop a good plan, price it, then work it,” says Klaus Herring, associate and project manager for Paul Davis Restoration in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “If you think through your project and you know what you’re looking to do, that’s half the battle.

“When we go into a project, for example, we make a site visit first to get a feel for what our client wants. Then we develop a design and plan that is revised sometimes three or four times. By the end of the revision process, we have a project that is well put together, addresses perceivable eventualities, and will accommodate the unforeseen events that are inevitable in a remodel.”

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I totally agree with the notion of doing things one step at a time. The whole concept of remodeling and renovation is made up of several components and thinking about all the components all at once is a recipe for failure.

Next, another mistake to avoid is ignoring the importance of getting permits. GoBankingRates.com, in a post called “11 Expensive Home-Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid” discussed mistakes in remodeling that lead to costing you a lot of money. One of them is when you don’t get any permits.

Paperwork when you want to get to woodwork is a hassle. But following the rules and making the city, county or state happy now could save you a lot later, said Macias. “If the city officials become aware of the work being done either from your neighbors or driving by and there have been major additions and major work performed, nine out of 10 times they will make you demolish all of the work and redo it to compliance and with inspections,” he said.

But not only will you be out the cost of the work you’ve completed, you’ll have to pay for a demolition permit and be fined, said Macias. “It can total thousands of dollars in fees.” So do the paperwork.

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Every city or state has a building code that you should follow and adhere to. There are rules meant to regulate renovations in both private and commercial properties. If you don’t intend to get a permit to renovate, then your neighbors will tell city officials. You don’t want that to happen, trust me.

Now if you’re planning to sell your home and you want to do remodeling to improve its value, there are also several mistakes you certainly need to avoid. The video below, courtesy of Angie’s List, will tell you those three common mistakes:

You probably should have realized by now that all those mistakes mentioned above are so easy to avoid. But the thing is it’s easier said than done since most of us tend to get too overwhelmed and excited about a renovation or remodeling project. Just remember to be smart enough to realize that you’re putting a lot of money on this kind of project, suggesting that you can’t mess it up.


Home Renovation and Remodeling Mistakes You Should Avoid was originally written and published on Window Treatments Blog


The Secrets of Successfully Purchasing Your First Home

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Buying a home for the first time isn’t a walk in the park, especially if you consider the status of the real estate industry today. While everything about it can be learned by reading posts online and asking the so-called “real estate experts,” there are some things that you still might not know. So this is what this article is all about – the best kept secrets in order to successfully buying a home.

First of all, once you decide you’d purchase a home, you have to make it a priority. Some people make the mistake of trying to achieve several things all at the same time. For instance, you can’t think about buying a new car while you apply for a mortgage. You likewise cannot quit your job and look for another one while searching for a new home to purchase. The key is priority. You must must what’s yours.

So now let’s begin with those secrets and tips. In this website I found online called Keys To My Home, I found three secrets for first-time home buyers that are worth sharing:

Get your finances in order.

Find out what your credit report and credit score are and correct any inaccuracies. Lenders look at factors called the four Cs of credit: credit history (timely bill paying), capital (money available for a down payment), capacity (income versus debt), and collateral (the value and condition of the house).

Look for down-payment and closing-cost assistance programs.

Some nonprofit organizations and state or local government agencies can help you with down payment and closing costs through grant money or low-interest loans.

Make sure home ownership fits with your lifestyle.

If you will be in a particular community for less than three years, if the local economy is not doing well, if unemployment is rising, or if your future income will not provide you with enough for mortgage payments and other financial responsibilities in owning a home, then renting may provide the better option.

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It is quite true that many people fail to recognize the importance of figuring out if the kind of lifestyle they have is ideal for home ownership. The thing is owning a home is very different to that of renting. Some people opt to rent because of the kind of life they live. So if you do wish to get your own home soon, figure out for yourself if your work, social life, and your habits fit to you becoming a homeowner.

Meanwhile, an HGTV.com article titled “10 Best-Kept Secrets for Buying a Home” talked about how crucial it is to get pre-approved before even starting your search for a home and being wary about border disputes.

Get Pre-Approved for Your Home Loan

There’s a big difference between a buyer being pre-qualified and a buyer who has a pre-approved mortgage. Anybody can get pre-qualified for a loan. Getting pre-approved means a lender has looked at all of your financial information and they’ve let you know how much you can afford and how much they will lend you. Being pre-approved will save you a lot of time and energy so you are not running around looking at houses you can’t afford. It also gives you the opportunity to shop around for the best deal and the best interest rates. Do your research: Learn about junk fees, processing fees or points and make sure there aren’t any hidden costs in the loan.

Avoid a Border Dispute

It’s absolutely essential to get a survey done on your property so you know exactly what you’re buying. Knowing precisely where your property lines are may save you from a potential dispute with your neighbors. Also, your property tax is likely based on how much property you have, so it is best to have an accurate map drawn up.

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Well, as a first-time home buyer, one of the things you should avoid is wasting your time. And this is quite true because a lot of people are so excited in searching for potential homes to buy without realizing that they actually don’t qualify for a loan.

Lastly, BankRate.com discusses credit scores as a critical factor in getting your loan approved.

How to raise the credit score

To improve their credit scores, buyers should pay off past-due bills, pay every bill on time and reduce their balances to less than 30 percent of the credit limit on every account. Also, it is best to have three to five credit accounts, such as a car loan, student loan or credit card, for one year or longer.

Experts recommend against frequently switching credit cards to get the best rate, though. Lenders do not want to see a lot of credit inquiries or too many new accounts because this could indicate someone who is about to take on a lot of extra debt.

Article source: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/4-secrets-to-budgeting-for-a-home-purchase-1.aspx

So you should have realized by now that buying a home for the first time is not just about the fun part of searching for prospects. The secret to succeeding is learning all the aspects of the entire process, not just the ones that are interesting to you.

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Increasing Your Home’s Value: Ways To Improve Your Chances of Selling It

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Real estate is a complicated industry. It’s a difficult one, too, especially if you’re someone who’s looking to sell your house in a tough market. But one thing you need to understand is that housing prices are constantly rising, which means that the best time to invest in your home to increase is value is now, and we mean right now.

The thing is the ways to increase the value of your home are actually easier than what you expect. You have to understand and learn some tips from us. So let’s start.

First of all, you need to create some space. One thing potential home buyers really hate is a home that looks very crowded and congested. According to a post from ThisOldHouse.com called “Brokers Tell All: 10 Ways to Boost House Value,” it is all about creating a sense of flow inside the living space.

Knock out a non-structural wall, or even remove that kitchen island. Anything that opens the space and creates a sense of flow in the house is generating a response from buyers who can afford to be choosy. For the price of a few hundred dollars, you’ll transform the feel of the house. “Right now buyers want a wide open floor plan, the living room right off the kitchen. They are into big spaces,” says Kristin Wellins, Senior Manager of Program Development for ERA Real Estate.

Seattle broker Reba Haas says a kitchen island can be an asset, creating needed storage space. But if the kitchen has enough cabinets, it could pay to haul the island away. Haas says homeowners might want to consider a moveable island. “You can adjust them to you needs,” she explains.

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One of the most important things you should be aware of when it comes to increasing your home’s value is the fact that you’ll have to spend some money to proceed, even if it is about creating space. Transformation of a space will require some retouch and renovation. You even might need to purchase some stuff to replace old and broken ones.

Next, you should take it one step at a time. In an article from HGTV.com titled “10 Tips to Increase Your Home’s Value,” there’s a brief discussion on the importance of tackling one room at a time.

Tackle one room at a time.

How can you harness the energy that comes from new ideas and still be smart when you make those improvements? Make the commitment to tackle one room at a time. Whether it’s a simple coat of paint or knocking down a wall, by tackling one room at a time you keep projects achievable.

Make a list of all the things you dream about doing, break your list down into categories based on cost and write down how much time each project may take. What this does is help you get results. If you only have a day or a weekend, choose a project that fits within your timeframe, comfort level and financial commitment.

If you set out to paint a living room wall on Saturday and you know what it will cost in time and money, it gets done. By the end of the day, you have a stylish upgrade that will add value to your home. By strategizing, you will see your dreams take shape as you transform each room before moving on to the next.

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We agree that the entire process is tedious and challenging. So the only way for you to succeed in increasing the value of your home is by taking it one at a time and avoiding cluttering your mind with so many ideas and plans. When you’re done with one room, proceed to the next.

For DIYNetwork.com in a blog post called “10 Investments to Boost Your Home’s Value” meanwhile, it is as important as any other aesthetic improvement to check on the plumbing system. You should ask the question: do I need to update my plumbing? Here’s what experts have to say:

If you have old, rusty iron pipes and fear that you have ingested enough metal in your drinking water to build a small ship, you might want to consider replacing the plumbing. Believe it or not, an appraiser takes the plumbing into heavy consideration when assigning the value to a home. Back in the day, it used to be a huge undertaking with walls being torn up and drywall flying everywhere. Nowadays though, re-piping is usually done with PEX (basically plastic tubing) that is extremely reliable and can be run through your walls like an extension cord. This means less holes and a lot less mess. It also means less money spent on materials and labor. Heavy metal should be only used to describe music and not the water in your home.

Yes, yes — it is all about the guts. No sense in putting good money into a home when the mechanics are bad. This is a win-win situation. The scariest thing for new owners is the thought that something huge like plumbing or electrical will need work. Plus, people always think these updates cost much more than they actually do.

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Plumbing is very important in every home. It keeps everything clean and sanitized and without a properly working plumbing system, the home should never even be considered available in the real estate market.

To wrap this up, here are some more tips to conveniently follow, courtesy of PeakCapitalProp.

So you’re planning to make your home available for sale? We guess you’re quite excited at this point to start working on those improvements.

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What Is Your Decorating Style?

interior design stylesWhen decorating your home or selecting new decor for your home, it is good to know the style that you are going for. There are many different styles that you can choose from depending on your personality and interests. Not everyone falls strictly into one category but you would be surprised to learn that most people usually have a predominant category or style. The best place to start is by learning which one is yours. Furthermore, sometimes you might want a change or a different feel. As people change, they find new interests and something that may have suited you ten years ago might not exactly match who you are today.

If you have no idea of what your style is, then you can find inspiration by learning what different styles there are. Know what style is your preferred one will help you make your house feel the way that you want it to. It can even help you pick the appropriate color when painting your home. Interior designers tend to have labels that they have created for these styles. In the following article by Design Like, they discuss some different styles:

Modern Minimalist Style

This style is a form of extreme accuracy, nothing is too much, without heavy backgrounds. The emphasis is on simplicity, the colors may be dull or bright, in any case flashy colors. Pieces are either geometric shapes – square, rectangular, round, but the surfaces are clean, no scenery, no details. Minimalist modern style by its name, illustrates the simplified forms.

Classic Style

It is a refined style, developed, rich in details, which are found both in the structure of furniture, lighting, etc. as well as in sets, prints. The furniture is the “art” type, carved or inlaid details and apply. Decorated with floral elements, vegetable, various leitmotif or scenes drawn from legends.

Contemporary Style

The style is contemporary-modern style but maintains a hot line through selected finishes and color range used. The songs do not seem very new, modern, cool. Colors are balanced, warm, bright tones and pastel can be out of the question when it comes to these style.

Elegant Country Style

Rural style is elegant furniture style with influences from English, French or Scandinavian classic pure style can be called rural chic. Furniture finishes are nice, bright colors-white, pastel colors and forms were taking over traditional furniture but not abundant decorations.

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These styles summarize the fundamental styles that can be seen in interior design. There are other styles that are not mentioned that you might fall under. These include cottage, bohemian, industrial, modern and more. One way of learning what kind of style you really are interested in is by taking a style quiz. Below are two style quizzes that you might find helpful and fun:

Here are some videos that also display some different styles that might inspire you:

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Picking Paint Colors For Your Home’s Interior Like A Pro

If you are painting the interior of your house, then it can be fun and exciting. The color of paint that you choose can liven up a room and make each and every room in your house have a sense of “flow”. It also creates the mood of the room. Colors have a powerful effect of the perception and thoughts that people have. In the following article by HGTV, they discuss some great tips for choosing paint colors:

Start Small
If you’re not sure where to begin with color, experiment in a powder room or bathroom, a small hall or area between rooms, or an accent wall. If you’re doing your own painting, pick an area that’s quick to do so you can see your results sooner, and be happy with it or change it.

Think About Your Mood
When selecting a color, consider the mood of a room. In a bedroom do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colors and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colors are for drama.

Do you want a dining area to feel sociable and stimulating or appear formal and quiet? Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colors add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance.

Pay Attention to Lighting
The reason why paint stores have light boxes for you to test paint chips:
Natural daylight shows the truest color;
Incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows;
Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone.

Walk Into Another Room
Consider walls as planes of color, and see how they interact when viewing one next to the other in adjacent rooms. Approach it like a composition: You’re in one room, but you’re going to see a piece of another room through it. So as you’re choosing colors, consider how they will flow from room to room to create your picture.

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These videos also gives some great insight on choosing paint colors for your home: