When beginning a home improvement project, you will likely encounter many myths. From the idea that bigger is always better to the assumption that replacing never costs less than repair, there is a startling amount of misinformation. Understanding why seven common home improvement myths don’t hold true can help alleviate some of this confusion.
Myth 1: The Best Improvements Require Big Budgets
There is a common misconception out there that the best home improvements are only achievable after spending lots of money. This could not be further from the truth. In reality, we deal with big and small budgets when it comes to all kinds of home renovation projects. Actually, knowing your budget is much more important than the dollar amount itself. And next to that, having a clear plan helps keep you within that budget so you don’t overspend.
This means you should focus more time on what it is you want. Once you have a plan in place, it’s much easier to make the budget work and make adjustments as needed.
Myth 2: Bigger Rooms Mean Better Living
Of all the common myths, the idea that bigger rooms mean better living is one of the most prevalent. Often, homeowners are under the impression that they need to make a room bigger for a successful remodeling. However, our design professionals know this isn’t true.
In truth, it’s the optimization of the existing space, small or large, that makes the biggest impact on living. This includes having a functional and clever design to fit your lifestyle needs. There is no shortage of ways to make a room feel larger without spending the money to physically expand it.
Myth 3: DIY is Always Cheaper
When it comes to home improvement myths, many believe that DIY renovations are always cheaper. In reality, many DIY renovations end up being more expensive.
Why? Consider what tools, skills, and overall time you would need to complete a project from start to finish. Unless you are certified in plumbing, tiling, framing, and other skills, it can get costly. You may want to consider leaving at least some of the work to the experts. Not to mention, if you choose a good contractor, you don’t have to worry about having it done again when mistakes are made.
Myth 4: Going Green is Expensive
It’s a myth that going green is always an expensive process. Going green is actually a sustainable and surprisingly cost-effective way to go when improving your home. Everything from tankless water heaters to high-efficiency faucets will save you money in the long run while contributing to the sustainability of the environment. You can also opt for more sustainable building materials.
When calculating the cost, you should take into consideration ongoing costs. For example, maybe the more energy-efficient appliances cost more upfront, but over time save you money on your energy bill. Or you choose a more durable but expensive eco-friendly flooring. Sure it will be more to install, but it will last longer and be less in maintenance over the years.
Myth 5: Spending More Money is Never Worth It
Avoiding spending money on home improvements can actually cost you more in the long run. It might feel like you are saving money, but when the house goes to sell, you can lose out. While you should always be mindful of spending and seek cost-effective options, keep in mind that improvements can add value to a home. In this way, you may be able to recoup some improvement costs later.
We like to think of home improvements as an investment. Not only for potential resell but also for the value it adds to the enjoyment of your home.
Myth 6: Repairing Costs Less Than Replacing
One of the most common myths out there is that repairing something in your home is more cost-effective than replacing it. While this can sometimes be true, especially if the problem is related to hardware, it is definitely not applicable to every situation. Deciding whether to repair or replace something in your home should be taken on a case-by-case basis.
Not everything is meant to last forever, so some things just need replacing, regardless of how well-maintained it was. Be it that things eventually break or that design trends do change.
Myth 7: There Are No Home Improvement Myths
Some homeowners believe home improvement is an intuitive process that requires little to no skill or preparation. Therefore, there are no myths; there is simply getting the job done. While some tasks can be simple, others require extensive knowledge and expert craftsmanship. You may even compromise the safety of your home if you dive into a complicated renovation without professional guidance.
This is why it’s important to be receptive, listen to the experts, and approach each new obstacle with a solution-oriented mindset in any renovation project.
Ditch the Common Home Improvement Myths
When it comes to home improvement design, Friel Lumber Company has you covered. We have proudly served the Kent Island and Eastern Shore area of Maryland since 1903, so you can rest assured knowing your project is in good hands. Visit one of our two convenient design center locations today!