As we head on into 2016, it’s only natural for people to want to make big changes. For instance, if you’re a member of a gym, you’ve probably noticed how attendance suddenly spikes around January 1st. But just like college classes at the start of a semester, those numbers will slowly dwindle as the New Year’s resolutions fade.
Another common New Year’s resolution? To finally do some remodeling around the home. Regardless of how aggressive or casual you want to be about it, there are definitely some tips and tricks to keep in mind. Here’s what you need to know:
- This is Going to Cost a Bit More Than You Think
Actually, it might cost a lot more than you think, depending on the scope of your project. In general, home improvement jobs almost always go overbudget. There are usually some kind of unforeseen complications, or the project will take too long, or something. So it’s better to prepare for some cost overruns in advance, just in case. If you don’t end up needing the extra funds, I’m sure you can find a way to spend them.
- If You Have An Older Home, Don’t Start the Remodel Just Yet
There are health concerns to be aware of in older homes (generally anything built before 1990). In the 1970s, both asbestos and lead-based paint were outlawed, which is a good thing. However, both substances had already been used regularly in residential homes, which is a bad thing.
So if you have an older home, be sure to have a professional painting contractor come test your wall paint for lead and any acoustic ceilings for the presence of asbestos. Removing either yourself if very hazardous to your health.
- Clean Up Thoroughly Before Beginning Your Paint Job
This is a very easy piece of advice, but one that seems to be forgotten by many amateur painters. Think of the last time you actually scrubbed a wall in your house – it’s probably been a while. But those walls are definitely accumulating dust and dirt, and if you try to paint a wall without cleaning it first, you’re going to end up painting a bunch of dust particles. That’s going to lead to a spotty paint job you’re unhappy with.
Our advice? Always scrub any wall you’re about to paint. And if you’re painting an exterior wall, a pressure washing is a good idea.