Gary Sullivan here!
Here is what I consider the five most common home improvement mistakes made by the Do-It-Yourselfer. Try to avoid these!
1. Not Setting a Budget
Whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor, you need to take the time to set a budget. It is important to set a realistic budget and to stick to it. You'll find that there will be many instances where your vision is not in line with your finances
2. Not Doing Enough Research
Do your research on the products that are available for the project! Among other things, both flooring and paint have changed a lot in the past ten years and you will want to know the options that are available to you.
3. Not Knowing Your Limitations
Knowing your limitations in home improvement will save you money. There many projects that are better left to the pros. It is costly for you to make the attempt at remodeling and then hire a pro to redo your project.
4. "Over-Remodeling" For Your Neighborhood
Do not over-remodel for your neighborhood. Just because you want a beautiful mahogany fiberglass entry door does not mean it fits in with the rest of the neighborhood. Putting in a $3,000 entry door in a neighborhood of $140,000 will not look good.
5. Not Purchasing Quality Materials For Your Project
Using cheap materials will save you money up front, but will cost you long term with repair ad replacement costs. Always buy quality products for your projects.
Hope this helps! Enjoy your home improvement projects!