Decorating your home should be a time of great excitement and anticipation. But it is also a time that leaves our homes and possessions at significant risk. There are always going to be hits and misses when it comes to design issues and decor clashes, of course, but there are also some disastrous problems that can arise when you are renovating and decorating your house. Let’s take a look at some of the most common problems you need to avoid.
Going over budget
First up, it’s an issue that almost everyone has encountered before – spending far too much money. It’s a huge problem that can cost you a small fortune, wipe out your savings, and even put you into debt. There are some genuine horror stories out there that involve people upgrading a kitchen or bathroom, only to find that they can’t afford to finish it due to poor estimations and problems arising while the work is carried out. To avoid this major issue, always choose a trades business that has a great reputation for accurate quotes, and also ensure that you run through some checks beforehand to find out whether or not your home needs repair work done first.
Whether you have scaffolding erected outside your home or are having an extension, bear in mind that access will be a lot easier for burglars. In fact, some criminals will actively look for homes that are having major renovations, as they are incredibly easy targets. Ultimately, your home security systems will be down for long periods, so it’s important to speak to your building team about temporary security solutions.
Plumbing and electrics
Once you start stripping back your home, banging in nails and removing walls, there are plenty of issues that can arise as a result. As Sydney Metro Plumbing points out, emergencies happen all the time when it comes to water, heating, and pipe problems in your home. And the chances of a burst pipe or damaged electrical point increases significantly when you are nailing into walls and moving bathroom or kitchen fixtures and fittings. Be very careful that you don’t end up damaging the delicate wiring and piping that is usually safe behind your walls – always use a plumbing and wiring detector.
Health and safety
Building firms and construction workers have to work within strict regulations when it comes to health and safety. Yet few of the general public will bother when they are decorating their homes. The temptation is that you can cut corners to save time and money, but ultimately, the vast majority of accidents that end up in a hospital visit occur in the home. If you want to stay safe and avoid a disastrous and incapacitating injury, make sure you are wearing safety goggles and clothing, using step ladders properly, and being careful when doing any kind of DIY.
Decorating your home yourself can save you a lot of money – but you need to get it right. If your work ends up breaking something – or breaking you! – you might regret not hiring a professional.