How not to repair or remodel your home

(NC) Accepting the keys to a new home is a memorable and exciting time for new homeowners. Plans, visions and ways to make the home reflect our own tastes and needs are sure to be forefront. However, there are common mistakes that can be avoided through insight and awareness.
 
“The most common mistakes happen when homeowners tackle repair or remodeling projects,” says Alan Stewart, broker-manager with Royal LePage Sussex in North Vancouver. “What we see in home magazines and TV makeover shows, provide ideas, but homeowners need to find out how the job is really done.”
 
Stewart cautions to avoid these common mistakes:
 
• Completing work without a building permit. If you are considering structural work, always check with the municipal building office to see if a building permit is required. Skipping this step can affect the resale value of your home and the time it takes to sell it. Worse, you could be asked to take down and remove the structure at your expense.
 
• Doing the work of skilled tradespeople. For all of us, there are tasks best left to the professionals. Good tradespeople can be hard to find so rely on recommendations from friends and associates. Always come to an agreement on a set price before work is begun. Make sure tradespeople have the required qualifications.
 
• Not researching the proper technique and materials. There is plenty of inspiration out there, but there is also a right way and a wrong way to approach every project. How-to resources abound at your local library or book store. It is also wise to get a few quotes from professional outfits to better understand the scope of your project.
 
Much satisfaction can be achieved when homeowners challenge themselves to new levels of skill and aptitude. But learning and understanding the best practices will make do-it-yourself projects all the more rewarding. And, in doing so, you preserve the value of your home.
 
More information is available at www.royallepage.ca.
 
Source: www.newscanada.com