While some home improvement myths do have a smidgen of truth, most of them are simply off-the-mark. If you’ve fallen for these misconceptions, don’t feel bad. We’ve all been there!
Myth #1: You can’t paint a bathtub.
First of all, you can absolutely paint a bathtub. However, you can’t paint a bathtub with the wrong type of paint, or using sloppy brushwork. In order to properly paint a bathtub, you have to use special bathtub paint. These paints are meant to cover up scratches and nicks. Follow the directions, and don’t cut any corners.
Myth #2: DIY always saves you money.
While we completely understand the desire to save money and do things yourself, not all home improvement projects are best done by you, your family and your friends. Think about this: Many home improvement jobs require specific tools that you’ll have to buy or rent if you don’t own them. Plus, your work won’t be guaranteed if you mess up. Therefore, we highly suggest that you write down an expected expense sheet for your next remodeling project to ensure that going the DIY route will actually save you money, instead of costing more out-of-pocket.
Myth #3: Replacing your windows will cost an arm and a leg.
Many people ask us: “Are replacement windows worth the cost?” When they do, we tell them that the assumed “cost” is actually much less expensive than most people expect, especially when the cost is amortized and the energy savings are tallied. When you invest in replacement windows, you do so with a long-term view of adding value in mind.
Myth #4: You should always go with hardwood or laminate flooring because buyers hate carpet.
We’re not sure when carpet got such a bad reputation! Today, we hear from many homeowners that they would never add carpeting to their homes. Hardwood floors and heavier-grade laminates are attractive, too, but there’s nothing wrong with carpeted rooms. The key is to purchase carpet that will wear well, and be easy to maintain over time.
Myth #5: Going green will break the budget.
Not every “green” project is going to be costly. For instance, many people would love to make better use of the southern exposure on their homes by adding windows where there are none. They may worry that adding replacement windows will be too expensive, but what they don’t consider is that those windows will allow the sunlight to flood rooms for the lifetime of the home. This will lower energy costs every single year, meaning the project will eventually start paying for itself.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that every home improvement project has a negative aspect to it. In general, if you want to do something to make your house your dream home, go for it! Just make sure you do your due diligence and thoughtful planning!