If you own a home for any length of time at all, you’ll probably find yourself doing at least one home improvement project. Home improvement projects can do some great things. They can make your home a better fit for you and potentially increase your home’s value. That said, the process isn’t always smooth sailing. There are some project missteps you should take care to avoid.

Avoid These Missteps On Your Next Home Improvement Project: Going in Without a Plan

Once you have an idea of what you want to do it may be tempting to jump in without making a clear plan for your project. The image in your head should be enough, right? Wrong. A clear, detailed plan is essential to successfully completing your project properly and in a timely manner. Your plan should be able to identify what resources you’ll need to take advantage of, what your budget is, what you want to use for your project, what your endgame is, and how you want to accomplish it. With all the components involved in a home improvement project, getting started without a plan is a major mistake.

Budgeting Errors

Budgeting a home improvement project can be tough. There are lots of details and plenty of unexpected circumstances that can pop up. You also have to factor in mistakes, which can account for 10 to 15 percent of a home improvement budget. If you make errors in your budget, you may find yourself lacking the resources to finish your project. If anything, it’s wise to overestimate how much you’ll need to spend to complete your project. That way, if you have anything left over when the project is completed, you’ll have a happy surprise at the end of it.

Avoid These Missteps On Your Next Home Improvement Project: Getting in Over Your Head

In an attempt to keep the budget in line, many people want to take a DIY approach to home improvement projects. That’s just fine for some projects. There are plenty that don’t take much more than a basic knowledge of how to operate tools and follow directions. That said, there are other projects best left to professionals. Whether due to the knowledge, skills, or equipment needed, these projects can cause homeowners to find themselves well in over their heads. Doing so risks personal health and safety as well as the condition of your home. If you aren’t confident in your ability to complete a task, get some extra help.

Though beneficial in many circumstances, those attempting home improvement projects can make some significant missteps. Going in without a plan, making budgeting errors, and getting in over your head can all end up costing you a lot of money. Make sure you take measures to avoid committing these home improvement project mistakes on your next project.

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The Southwest Florida Real Estate Investment Association is the leading source of SWFL real estate investing events that provide investment education and networking in southwest Florida. We analyze the housing market and foreclosures and provide information, education and networking events in order to build a network and knowledge base for investors and potential investors. Our members include real estate agent, brokers, investors, hedge fund managers, rehabbers, wholesalers and more.

Our SWFL REIA General Meeting is held in Fort Myers where we provide education on hot topics in investing and an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow investors. You’ll get a chance to ask for advice from successful real estate professionals and even make a few deals on your latest projects.

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