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Taking on home renovations is pretty exciting. Sometimes, all a space needs is something different. How you go about injecting fresh new ideas in your home is up to you. Home renovations is a broad term that covers a wide-range of upgrades. It can mean something as simple as replacing an old and energy-sucking appliance, or it can mean something as complex as putting on an additional floor to your bungalow. Wherever your plans fall on this spectrum, make sure you know these three important tips about your home. They can help you prevent surprise mishaps that can throw your budget off course.

1. Be proactive

When it comes to tedious household maintenance, many homeowners have a bad habit of postponing these chores. While there’s nothing wrong with waiting until you have the time and money to complete a project well, there’s a difference between waiting a few days until the weekend and ignoring the problem until the “right time” when you’re feeling ambitious.

A proactive approach to your home maintenance is one of the top tips to reduce your renovation costs shared by GoDay. They use a clogged drain as an example. At first, this unpleasant task may seem nonessential, but ignoring this task could lead to bigger problems down the road. When left unattended, a clogged drain may cause your pipes to overflow.

When compared to a large flood, a clogged drain is a simple and easy fix. It can also save you a lot of money. Being proactive can help you avoid these major expenses, so you should make a point of keeping on top of your household chores.

2. DIY isn’t always cheaper

Whether plans include unclogging the sink or remodelling your kitchen, most homeowners think DIY is an easy way to cut costs. While it’s true, DIY renovations are technically cheaper than hiring a professional to do the same work, it’s rare that homeowners have the skills needed to take on these tasks. It’s even less common for homeowners to have the time that most major renovations require. With a full-time job of their own, they can’t take weeks off to complete a project promptly.

Inexperience can put you in danger as you take on tasks you don’t know how to complete. The risks increase when you’re feeling the counting of the clock. Most people make dumb mistakes when they feel under pressure, and these mistakes can hurt you or the integrity of your home like these DIY disasters.

You should only take on renovations that you know you have the skills to complete. Simple maintenance chores are a great way to flex your DIY abilities, while complex tasks that involve your home’s electric, HVAC, or plumbing systems should be left for the professionals.

Take time to organize your renovations carefully. Be proactive and know when to call in the professionals.

3. Choose your contractor carefully

If you aren’t 100% certain you can complete a job successfully and safely on your own, a professional contractor can help make your reno dreams a reality. But before you invite anyone into your home, you need to make sure they have the skills, equipment, and licenses needed for the task.

Walking down the street, you’ll probably see a poster for your neighbourhood’s Jack-of-all-trades pinned to the telephone polls. They promise quick and cheap help for all your needs, but these individuals rarely offer the same level of professionalism that licensed contractors and builders guarantee. Before you pick up the phone, you should search the web for companies that show they’re bonded, licensed, and insured to complete the tasks you have in mind. These certificates are a safety precaution proving they have the skills to carryout complex renovations.

A random Google search of nearby contracting companies will reveal too many results. Depending on the keywords you used, they may even bring up companies from far-off places, like Vancouver, BC or Toronto, ON. You can tweak these search locations to suit your home.

To narrow down your options, you should include your city and/or state in your search. You can further limit your options by focusing on those companies that have a high customer satisfaction rating and those companies that can offer examples of previous work. They should also provide a price quote over an estimate, as an estimate is only a guess. The final cost can end up being a lot more expensive.

Renovations can surprise you, but they should force you to find the nearest payday loan. You can prevent this from happening by taking the time to organize your renos carefully. Be proactive and know when to call in the professionals. These tips can help your upgrades and budget stay on track.

Just A Guy Thing is a men's lifestyle magazine focused primarily at guys wanting to better themselves.

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