Home improvements are both very exciting and very stressful. On the one hand, you are finally renovating something that has been on your mind and it’s going to look great.
On the other hand, you’re all too aware of the cost, and the effort and mess can be draining. For this reason, while you may be eager to do home improvements, they are something you want to do once.
The problem is that going with the cheapest option is always tempting, and not doing your due diligence can lead to decisions that place price above quality.
Instead of actually improving your home for the foreseeable future, you begin a loop in which you are doing significant maintenance fairly regularly. It ends up costing far more and taking up a lot of time.
There are ways to make sure your home improvements last. Take some time in planning, and make sure to do the following.
Find the Right Homeowners Insurance
From the moment you buy your home, you should have the best possible homeowners insurance. Best, unfortunately, is often not the cheapest option.
However, when it comes to repairs due to unforeseen events, the right homeowner’s insurance means the difference between doing a half-job and repairing something for good.
How much does homeowners insurance cost? The average homeowner pays $90 a month, but it will vary according to your state, the size of your home, and your preferences.
Choose the Right Materials
This may seem like an obvious point, but it is something many people trip upon. Choose the materials that are actually made for the purpose.
This means that when you paint a roof, you should use roof paint rather than the paint leftover from your walls. When you varnish the outdoor benches, don’t use the same varnish you bought for your indoor furniture.
It may not seem like a big deal at the time, as the aesthetic may work out, but it matters in terms of wear and tear.
The conditions faced by your roof, for example, are very different from those faced by your walls. A couple of extra coats won’t account for the difference. Instead, you’ll end up having to repaint your roof in no time.
Use Protective Products
Although it might cost a bit more to add protective layers to your repairs and new purchases, this is well worth it.
Scotchgard, for example, can be the difference between a couch that gets uglier by the year and one that retains its charm for a decade or longer.
The same applies when it comes to using protective coating on your windows and glass doors. Keeping out the UV rays will help maintain everything inside your home.
Floors that would have become sun-bleached are kept perfect, without you having to keep your curtains or blinds closed.
Consider A Home Warranty
A home warranty is not everyone’s cup of tea. Some homeowners would rather just take care of maintenance themselves than pay monthly for a service they may not end up using.
However, the reality is that a warranty can save you money on maintenance and repairs that are inevitable.
A home warranty can be worth it merely for the fact that you don’t have to delay maintenance because of cash flow issues.
The longer you put something off, the more problems accrue, and you’re left with more to do than you bargained for.
Get Experts to Do the Big Stuff
DIY is a great way of life. Instead of simply paying someone to take care of everything for you, you actually participate in the upkeep of your own property. But DIY can fall short.
This is especially true with things like HVAC (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning). Trying to take care of these matters yourself may lead to huge problems down the line.
Even if you have experience with electricals, leaving this to an expert is prudent, considering your family’s safety is at stake.
Some matters don’t necessarily require an expert’s work, but you should get their advice. With pool maintenance, for example, there are things you may miss if you choose to go it alone, whereas an expert will point them out immediately.
Home improvements are exhausting but worth the time and money involved. Make sure to do them properly the first time so that you only have to do them once.