It is natural to be excited about building your first home or renovating a house, especially when the work is almost about to be done. All that’s left is the finishing touches, and you think that you can relax a bit. But a lot of mistakes can slip in at this stage, unless you are vigilant and know what to prevent. A small mistake at this stage can throw you off your plan and stand out like an eyesore in your completed house. Whether you are contracting workers to do it or whether you are going the DIY way, these are some common finishing mistakes that you must look out for:
Painting furniture without careful consideration
Painting furniture, especially cabinets, is one of the most painstaking parts of finishing a home. It is also the part where sloppy work is most likely to happen. When painting furniture, remember to be patient and take your time. Do not skimp on the sanding, and pick the right grade sandpaper for the sanding. If you have a lot to do, you can even get a sanding machine to make the work easier. You must take the time to vacuum and clear the furniture of every bit of dust; you do not want your paint to look blotchy after drying.
Apply a stain-preventing primer before you paint so that your paint keeps looking as good as new months down the line. Most importantly, make sure that you do research before painting any piece of furniture. Your furniture should be painted in a certain order to minimize chances of the paint getting disturbed while it’s drying. After you are done painting, make sure that you give the paint enough time to dry before mounting it. If it hasn’t dried properly, it is likely to thin out at the top.
Not paying attention to the details
Another small but significant mistake that you may be making is not paying attention to details within each project. It is important that you give time to dust and debris in the air to settle down before you start painting walls or furniture. If you have worked on plastering, sanded, or cut drywall, you must give it time for the dust to settle. Even after, you should vacuum the room before moving on to other parts of the house. It is important to pay attention to every tiny detail such as misaligned furniture or tiles. Always use a tile levelling system to get the perfect fit.
Rushing when it comes to the basement
The basement is a part of the house that requires special attention. You may have lofty plans for your basement, such as turning it into a cool game room or a pad, but none of this is possible without careful planning. The basement is particularly challenging as it has the potential to develop mould at the slightest change in humidity. It can remain cold and clammy with poor air circulation. To ensure that this doesn’t happen in your new house, invest in proper insulation, particularly for rim joints in the basement. Use foam for insulation, and paint over with a waterproof layer just in case.
The satisfaction that you get from standing in a newly built home that you can call your own is not comparable to other feelings in life. With a little bit of effort and research, it can be a perfect moment without a small mistake gnawing at the back of your head.