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Here are some common things people get wrong with DIY!
British homeowners are known for their love of home improvement – after all, an Englishman's home is their castle. On average over the next year we are projected to spend £ 1,179 on home improvement. However, it is important that you have the expertise to get the job done. Otherwise, it may be time to put the hammer down and just call in a professional.
After all, budgeting can sometimes be a lot cheaper for a professional who gets the job done from the start than having to get them to correct the situation.
While loft conversions are often in demand, they are the most expensive project to go wrong. Estimates for fixing a loft remodel are around £ 35,000 – often about the amount that would add to the value of a property. Whenever you are considering a loft conversion, it is always a good idea to hire an architect or contractor to confirm your plans as you may need approval. There is usually a fee to be paid when you need to apply for a building permit and this should also be factored into your budget.
Tear down a wall
Thanks to the popularity of open-plan living in recent years, homeowners have torn down walls without really knowing what they were doing. If you hit a wall with a sledgehammer and you are unsure what you are doing, you run the risk of your property suffering from subsidence. The repair can cost up to £ 20,000. And if you try to knock through a load-bearing wall, you run the risk of your home collapsing too. Some of the more common problems that occur when a wall is torn down include burst water pipes, which cause significant damage, and power cords being cut. More and more people are looking for a more flexible life plan with multifunctional roomsWe could see interior walls being replaced with sliding doors and panels.
Replacing a kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and an update could add around 6% to the value of your property. Before ripping out your old kitchen, however, it is important to choose the price range of your kitchen that matches the value of your property. If your home is only valued at around £ 200,000 then there is no point in investing in a kitchen that costs more than £ 15,000 as you won't get that money back. If you're on a tight budget, check out upcycling kitchen cabinets instead.
And remember, if you damage the new countertops, cabinets and walls during the installation of your new kitchen, you may need to use replacement parts to further decrease the added value and increase your costs.