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Quick Reminders for Your Home Renovation – Part II

In the first part of this article, we discussed the first, most common mistakes made by people who already went through their own home renovation.


  1. Do not assume that installers think like you. Sometimes you have to spell it out how you want the wall to wall carpet to be laid out, how big you want the tiles to be laid, what colour you want the grout to be, the distance between the tiles and other small matters.
  2. It is never too early to take a green and environment friendly approach to your home renovations. Plan early. Choosing LED lights can help you save on electricity cost and give you a warmer, less harsh lighting. Talk to your home renovation contractor, your electrician and your plumber about your ideas of going green even before home renovation works start. Remember to choose paint that is low in (or free of) volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs.
  3. Make up your mind before you start ordering. It may seem insignificant but changing your order of tiles from one colour to another could take weeks to deliver. There are even times that the design you want is not available – a big problem for home renovations. Changing your mind does have ramifications.
  4. Concealing drywall seams, screw holes and other crevices. It is recommended that your first coat of joint compound be a powdered ninety minute setting compound to set the wall and prevent cracks caused by shrinkage. Do not solely rely on sanding and mud. They are not as awesome as you think they actually are.
  5. Choose the baseboard trim yourself. Again, it is necessary to be immersed in every little aspect of your home renovation. Hire a finishing carpenter for the baseboard trim and pay attention to details.

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