Home and property owners implement home improvement in their property for two reasons. First, homeowners simply want to improve the conditions of their home. Secondly, property investors want to increase the property value they just bought. The property could exponentially increase its value when proper improvement is done.

But home improvement can be a challenging task. Whether it is done without professional assistance (DIY) or through a contractor, home improvement could be costly or the result will not be according to expectations. Home improvement has to be done right especially those who are investing time and money in a property.

If you are planning to improve your property, here are some mistakes you should avoid:

1. Implementing home improvement without proper documentation - Any improvement in your property should have a proper license. Talk to your home owners association or to your local government on what you are allowed to do in your property.

2. Implementing home improvement without a budget - Starting home improvement without a budget can be very costly even though the changes at home are very minimal. A contractor can easily find new ways in forcing you to spend if you do not have a set budget.

3. No prior inspection - This is thought as an extra spending but it is considered a necessity especially if you are planning to make some drastic home improvement. A home inspector should give you advice on what can be done in your property without endangering the people living on it.

4. Resorting to cheap materials - You can purchase the materials specified by the contractor to save but do not resort to purchasing really inexpensive materials. Cheap materials can provide the expected result but the durability and safety of the material is always questionable. Spending a few dollars more will considerably improve the beauty and safety of your property.

5. Being aggressive on DIY - Not everyone is born with home improvement or construction skills. It does not even matter if you have the most expensive tools in your neighborhood. Know where to draw the line for DIY projects and those needed professional assistance.

6. No Plan B and extra funds - The set budget for your home improvement is not necessarily the final price. Expect to spend nearly 10% more as this will cover unexpected expenses. Without the extra funds, your home improvement plan may not be completed on your targeted date.

7. Overdoing home improvement - Take note that home improvement refers to simply improving your property. Avoid the urge to make more changes in your property since it you might end up rebuilding the entire house just because you wanted to make some adjustments.

8. Not using the right tools - Most tools for home improvement can be used for more than one function. But it does not mean that tools can be used in functions it was not built for. Accidents can happen in home improvement and they can be fatal because of the capacity of tools to inflict harm.

9. Starting work without a work plan - Before you allow the contractor to start the project, go through with the contractor regarding work schedule. Never allow the contractor to start working unless he or she can provide a good estimate on the completion date of the project.

10. Working with a "contractor friend" – Always choose a contractor based on their reputation and not just because the contractor is your friend. A good contractor can do wonders at home while a bad contractor can provide a messy situation. If he or she is your friend and a good contractor, count yourself lucky but never use friendship as the means to choose a professional.