“Unveiling Renovation Realities”: Debunking Common Myths

Discover the truth behind common renovation myths! From fixed pricing to seasonal scheduling, learn how to navigate the world of repairs with ease. 🛠️ Don’t fall for the misconceptions—empower yourself with knowledge!

Repair is a popular “hero” of Russian folklore, about which proverbs are composed, jokes are told, and myths are created, in which it’s time to stop believing. We have compiled the TOP 7 most common misconceptions.

1. There is a fixed tariff for finishing one “square meter”.

This myth is perpetuated by repair companies. Yes, you may be offered a fixed price for repairing one square meter and even be surprised by its pleasant affordability. But.

Such figures are usually intentionally underestimated to make the offer look attractive. Already in the preliminary estimate, everything may not be so budget-friendly, and there is also a chance that the cost will inflate during the repair process due to allegedly unforeseen circumstances and additional work.

A fixed tariff initially seems like a logical offer because it does not take into account the complexity of the work and the peculiarities of the premises. It is better to choose a company that individually assesses the project’s cost and provides a detailed transparent estimate, giving an understanding of what you are paying for. Such firms may quote a price for finishing a “square meter,” but only for reference—averaged.

2. You need to visit the site every day.

Repair cannot be left to chance. But. If you visit the site every day, it can only hinder the work of professionals and become a constant source of stress for you.

Choose trustworthy professionals whom you can delegate the procurement and acceptance of materials to, and remember that your personal presence is not a guarantee of the quality of the work done. It is more reliable to order the service of author’s supervision from a specialist.

3. All walls must be perfectly flat.

Horror stories about visually smooth walls that are actually “out of plumb” vertically breed a desire to pour the budget into the labor-intensive process of leveling. But.

Not all walls in the apartment really need to be perfectly flat. This only matters for those close to which built-in furniture is planned; the rest just need visual smoothness.

4. You have to wait several years before the house settles.

If the soil under the house foundation is chosen correctly, and all construction technologies are followed, the settlement of the building will be painless for your repair. However, no one can know if mistakes were made, so this myth has a rational basis. But.

The statement that houses “settle” over many years is greatly exaggerated. Usually, the active settlement stage occurs during the first year of the building’s life, if we are talking about panel, monolithic, and monolithic-brick houses.

Fully brick houses are the only ones that settle for a long time (from three to six years)—rare guests in the modern new construction market.

5. Repair should not be done in winter.

If there is a need to replace heating radiators, it is better to plan repairs for the summer period. But. All other work can be safely carried out at any time of the year.

Many believe in the myth of summer repairs, so in winter, there are more available teams and lucrative offers on the market. Additionally, everything dries faster in winter due to low humidity.

But if you already live in an apartment where repairs are planned, it may indeed be better to schedule it for the summer, when you can spend the day outdoors, escaping from noise and dusty work. Although enduring repairs in the heat is also a dubious pleasure.

6. Only natural materials are not harmful to health.

Natural environmentally friendly materials are aesthetically pleasing and safe. But. If the raw materials are not natural, it does not mean that they will become a source of harmful emissions. Check the certificates.

For example, laminate flooring is hardly less safe than parquet or solid wood. Moreover, it will be cheaper and probably last longer, as natural wood flooring is more capricious and vulnerable.

7. Designer services are a luxury.

A design project costs money and takes time. But. Often it is the work of a designer with detailed plans and visualizations that helps save on potential mistakes and rework, facilitates the agony of choosing finishing materials, and helps determine their exact quantity. Moreover, it is designers who often recommend trusted teams and help navigate prices in the construction market.

A design project is a rational approach to any repair, whether it’s a country mansion or a studio apartment.

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