Starting a new remodeling project is always exciting. You have complete freedom over the kind of remodeling you want to do around the house. The process of finding ideas and actually planning the remodeling project is equally as thrilling.
However, you mustn’t let the excitement get the better of you. There have been a lot of remodeling disaster stories over the years and many of them started with either the contractor or the home owner forgetting to do basic preparations. Let’s take a look at some remodeling nightmares and discuss how you can avoid them, shall we?
Damaged Window Treatments
Windows – and doors – are among the most frequently neglected items during remodeling projects. Contractors can skip preparing the windows before starting a new project altogether, especially when the project doesn’t involve fixing or changing the windows.
However, a lot of things can go wrong with your window treatments. Screens may get damaged by tools accidentally hitting it. Accidents can result in broken glasses and scratches. You may even end up with curtains and window films that need to be replaced after the project.
Avoiding these problems is fairly easy. Remove the screens and make sure you cover the windows using plastic that is thick enough to withstand puncture. Be sure to seal the plastic around your windows tightly too; this will stop dust from getting into the windows and doing harm.
Spilled Paint and Splatters
Spilling paint all over the floor is about as bad as it can get during a remodeling project. The issue is even more difficult to deal with when you use wooden floors, or when there are gaps between the flooring panels.
There are a lot of contractor disaster stories in which an accidental spill completely ruined the floor. When using a spraying machine to apply a new layer of paint, for example, pulling the cord too quickly can result in the tank toppling over.
There is no such thing as being too careful in this case. You want to use the best surface protection material before doing some painting work, simply because the protection will help prevent remodeling nightmares and save you from hours of cleaning (and fixing) the floor.
If you think spilled paint is a nightmare, wait until you see scratches on your floor. During a bigger remodeling project, tools like a ladder or the scaffolding can completely ruin your floor – and your walls in some cases – by scratching it beyond repair.
Most of the tools used in a remodeling project are made of metal, and metal is significantly harder than wood, ceramic, and other popular flooring materials. The harder material always has the possibility of damaging the softer one when friction is involved.
Once again, a good surface protection material, applied before starting the project, can save you a lot of trouble. It is also a good idea to add a softer layer to the bottom of the ladder. Rubber pads work really well for this job.
You don’t have to go through these remodeling nightmares yourself to know just how frustrating and costly they can be. Make sure you take the necessary steps to prevent these mishaps from happening before starting your own project.