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Before you embark on a massive home renovation project, make sure it will be worth the effort.

Our real estate agents have seen it all when it comes to home remodels. We've seen run-down houses transformed into palaces, and we've seen homeowners get lost in the weeds and wind up totally in over their heads.

That's why we're always eager to offer our assistance and advice when it comes to renovation. Whether you're fixing up a house you just bought or are getting ready to list your Southport home for sale, these are the biggest DIY home improvement mistakes to avoid.

Ripping Up Hardwood Floors

If you live in a historic home with old hardwood floors, you might be tempted to replace them with something newer. Not so fast! Chances are, the older your home is, the more valuable your hardwood floor may be. Covering it with laminate would be like painting over a work of art, and tearing it out could actually reduce the value of your home. Unless there's significant water damage or the floor is so worn out that it's not safe to walk on, it's always better to fix up a hardwood floor than to replace it.

Trendy Remodels

What's trendy today looks wretchedly outdated tomorrow. If you don't believe us, just look at anything that was designed in the '90s. The point is, when you're remodeling your home, it's best to avoid hot styles that happen to be in vogue at the moment (especially if you intend to sell your home in the future). Instead, choose neutral colors and timeless designs. They'll still look good long after modern trends have passed.

Rushing the Job

If you're under the influence of TV shows in which a whole house is renovated over the course of an episode, then you might be tempted to hurry through your own remodeling project. In reality, home renovations take time, especially when you're going the DIY route. Start by establishing a realistic timeline of what you want to get done, and remember that there's no need to rush.

Using Cheap Materials

Resist the urge to cut corners by buying low-quality materials! Cheap building materials are usually cheap for a reason, and if you use them there's a good chance you'll have to re-do your current project in just a few short years. Buy high-quality materials that will hold up over the long haul, and you'll end up saving money by not having to do the same job twice.

Getting in Over Your Head

It's important to keep in mind that certain jobs should be left to professionals. Depending on your skills and experience, you might be able to do a lot of your remodeling yourself — and going the DIY route will definitely be good for your budget — but be careful about biting off more than you can chew. Larger jobs like roof repairs, plumbing, wiring, and significant structural changes are challenging and potentially dangerous. It's best to let the pros handle them!

Modernizing Historic Features

Some homeowners are tempted to update the features of an older home when they think about selling it. But be careful about eliminating the historic character of your home. Doing so can result in a mismatched space in which the exterior feels out of sync with the interior. This can be a turn-off to buyers, many of whom would prefer either a historic house or a new build, not a mash-up of the two.

We're here to help with your home renovation project! Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our real estate agents about getting ready to buy or sell a home in the Southport area.