Common Home Remodeling Myths Debunked
We've all been there. You go into a DIY project wide-eyed and optimistic, thinking that everything is going to "work out". Wrong. If you think doing it yourself will save you money, you might want to keep reading to find out more about this and other common home remodeling myths.
One: Go Big or Go Home
This is one of the most common myths that people fall for. Thinking realistically will save you both time and money - a costly addition to your home such as, a master suite or extended living area, might sound super cool, but will it add value in the long run? You'll want to think about the bigger picture when adding anything to your home (i.e a bump-out addition or extended living space or bathroom).
Two: Cracks Will Cost you Thousands
A lot of home improvement experts will tell you that cracks in your walls will cost you thousands to repair, but most of the time, they're not a big deal. A lot of the time, cracking results from seasonal expanding and contracting and doesn't necessarily mean that you have foundational issues with your home. To be on the safe side, we would recommend calling a structural engineer to come check it out.
Three: DIY always saves money
We're thinking about writing a dedicated blog post on how DIY's don't always save you money, in fact they might end up costing you more. Just because you're handy with a nail gun, doesn't mean you should do a home renovation project yourself. Roofing, some electrical work, and structural concerns should be left up to the professionals. The last thing you want is to try and fix an electrical circuit and end up frying the whole board. It's always a good idea to know your limits and when you need to ask for some help.
Four: Having a Pool will Add Value!
This myth is tricky because in some cases, yes, a pool will dramatically increase your home value. However, in other cases, a pool will just become a hot mess that you (and your bank account) will regret. West Coasters will love a pool in their backyard, since it's warm most of the year, but our Midwest and East Coast friends consider pools to be more of a liability since they cost a lot to maintain during the winter months.
Five: Wallpaper Works Everywhere
False. If not hung properly, wallpaper will end up looking horrible. Depending on which room you choose to put it in, it can fade or become damp with moisture underneath the surface due to condensation. Some things to keep in mind when dealing with wallpaper: Think about where you want it to go and think about if you'll like it three, five, and ten years from now. There are wallpaper companies that have wallpaper that acts as a sticker on your wall so you won't have any residue left over when you decide to take it down. However, we still recommend not putting it in an area where it will collect condensation, such as a bathroom.
Six: Green = Expensive
Going green has become much more prevalent in our culture recently than it has been in the last 20 years. A lot of people would consider themselves "green" and a lot of others think that going green means that it's overpriced and not worth their time. Although there are some parts about "going green" that can be on the pricier side, and honestly, it might be more expensive than traditional counterparts, in the long run, you'll most likely be saving money.
Seven: Hot Water Tank, Who?
Hot water tanks are often thought to be maintenance free, BUT you should be draining your tank once a year. If not kept up, you can collect gunk that could clog up the whole system costing you a lot of money in the future. Not fun. Furthermore, you should be checking the tank fairly regularly for any leaks.
Eight: The Back of the Fridge
Who regularly checks the back of their fridge? Nope, we didn't either, until we learned that you should be vacuuming the coils behind your fridge regularly to help increase efficiency.
Nine: Tape all the Edges When Painting
Yes, tape is great for catching drips and for creating those crisp, clean lines Pinterest loves, but if you're confident and you don't think you need it, skip it!
Ten: Being Trendy will Add Value
Just because something is "on trend" does't mean that you should remodel your home to suit that style. Try adding in some features that you like, but keep it subtle. Trends change all the time and the last thing you want is to completely redecorate you entire home in purple just to have the next "color of the year" be turquoise blue.
And there you have it! Ten myths, BUSTED! We truly hope this brought value to you and your next project, and if you need any help, please reach out to us! We would love to help you on your next project! #homerennovation #DIYproject #DIY #construction #homeimprovement