Congratulations on planning your next home improvement project! There are so many things that will go right, but there are also many that can go wrong. Start now to learn how to avoid the most common home improvement mishaps.

Create a Plan and Budget

The idea of a newly remodeled home can be tantalizing, so much so that many homeowners skimp on the necessary prep work. However, laying a proper foundation for your home improvement projects will ensure your success. Spend a little extra time to create a plan and a budget for your project. Research the scope of the required work, the timeline, and how much it will cost. It’s a good idea to add 20 percent to your budget for miscellaneous costs, since most projects end up taking longer and costing more than you initially expect. Starting your home improvement projects with a solid plan and budget will save you time and money, ultimately allowing you to bring your dreams to fruition.


Hire a Reliable Professional

Depending on your project, you may be able to complete some of the work yourself. However, make sure you know your limits and hire a reliable professional if you are not confident you can successfully complete the job to your satisfaction. Choose contractors with good qualifications and extensive professional experience. Forty percent of customers use HomeAdvisor to find home professionals. Before you hire a contractor for your project, it’s a good idea to interview several different contractors and have them give you a quote. This will help you find the contractor who can do the best job for the best price.


Prioritize Safety

If you do end up choosing to complete your home improvement project on your own, make sure you put safety as first priority. Taking a shortcut to save yourself five minutes can land you in the hospital having to pay thousands of dollars. You can avoid most disasters by making sure you wear protective clothing, read the instructions, educate yourself about your homeowners’ insurance, and keep a first aid kit nearby. It’s a good idea to make sure you’re not alone as you’re working, especially if you’re working at heights higher than your shoulders.


Going over budget, ending up with a poor-quality project, and getting injured are three of the most common home improvement mishaps. You can avoid these by creating a plan, sticking to a budget, hiring a reliable contractor, and prioritizing safety. As you follow these suggestions, you will be safer, happier, and more successful.  

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