Most consumers invest in home restoration for beauty and comfort. But, were you aware that home restoration not only beautifies a home, it helps to increase its value? Another advantage of restoring a house is that it can minimize the cost of home maintenance. Annually, homeowners spend over $9,000 in maintenance cost, according to Zillow. If you are restoring your home, consider the following five common home restoration mistakes to avoid:
Mistake #1 – Too Much Power Washing
Power washing offers a variety of benefits. For example, it can improve curb appeal and protect your family from mildew and mold. Power washing can even boost a home’s value by adding up to $15,000 to its sale price, according to the National Association of Realtors. The overall purpose of power washing is to remove old paint and wax over wooden surfaces. Many people use this method because it is a lot less time-consuming than scrapping. However, excessive power washing can shove moisture into the surface of wood. As a result, you can experience potential problems with excessive moisture that can lead to mold and mildew issues.
Mistake #2: Choosing the wrong type of paint.
Another mistake to avoid is using the wrong type of paint. Prepping your home for painting or choosing the wrong type of paint can cause streaking as well as other problems. Take into consideration if you are painting inside, outside, your garage or a basement. They have paints that are made just for the environment you are tackling, all it takes is simple Google search, or ask your local home improvement store associate.
Mistake #3: Going overboard with epoxy.
Epoxy is meant to be used for minor repairs, such as filling in small holes. Never use large quantities of epoxy as a filler because it can cause problems in the future. Unlike wood, epoxy is unable to contract and expand. Some places may call for silicone, caulk or even foam spray.
Mistake #4: Using a Cheap Brand of Paint
Choosing a cheaper brand of paint, as a substitute for a more expensive brand, may seem like a cost-friendly solution at first. However, cheap paint can cause problems down the line. When restoring a home, you have to consider the long term effects. Only choose paints that offer the highest durability and longevity. Our paint of choice at BHR is Benjamin Moore. The extra couple bucks makes a noticeable difference and hides imperfections much better than other brand names.
Mistake #5: Poor Budgeting
Budgeting your home restoration project will help you avoid costly surprises. Make sure you plan your budget before beginning your project. Make sure you add on at least 10% for unexpected expenses that pop up along the way.
Bonus: Doing it yourself instead of hiring a professional can be a costly mistake. Although there are many DIY home restoration projects available for you to choose from, it is always best to hire a professional. A professional will insure your house is not only restored aesthetically, but safely. Are you planning to restore an existing house? Contact Best Home Restoration for a FREE consultation if you live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware.