Planning for home improvements can be really exciting, but it’s easy to get swept away in the fun stuff and forget the practicalities. This short list of top tips will help you keep a check on the mundane tasks so nothing gets in the way of the fun.
The Home Improvements Tick List
Check your drains!
When my friend had her extension built for her new kitchen, everything started off fine. After a couple of weeks some odd smells were coming from the drain outside, and it didn’t seem to be clearing properly.
It was lucky she had a number for some good drainage services, because when everything got moved around for the extension, the drain covers weren’t replaced!
A small blockage had backed up the drains and made everything a bit smelly!
Thankfully, it was an easy fix, but if they’d left it longer, it may not have been.
The moral of the story is to take care of your drains. Maintain drain covers, replace them if they break, and don’t put any fat or unsuitable things down there.
Buy enough paint
It’s all well and good buying your paint from the bargain bins in the big DIY stores, but if you get so excited about saving money that you don’t consider how much paint you’ll need in the long run.
If you’re not careful, you could end up needing to repaint after buying too few paint tins of a discontinued line.
Perhaps this mishap is how feature walls came about!
Research every company you use
In an ideal world, every service you eve need will be recommended by someone you know. On the odd occasion you’re left to find your own plumber/plasterer/decorator, picking the first company you see is often a bad idea.
My advice is to check the company’s reviews on Facebook and Yelp. Some companies have reviews on Google as well, so check there too. If all reviews are singing their praises, you can relax in the knowledge they’re more than likely to provide a good service.
What are your home improvement ‘admin’ tips? Let me know in the comments!