Let’s face it, home remodeling can become quite the hassle, especially when you expect something to turn out one way and it comes out another way. We here at Budget Dumpster are no newbies when it comes to having your dreams crushed from ruined Pinterest pins and DIY projects gone wrong. So, if your looking to feel better about your recent home improvement mishap, check out these 8 common remodeling expectations and their inevitable realities.

Expectation: Perfect Paint Job vs. Reality: Streaky

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Here is probably the most common remodeling expectation vs. reality. Painting is one of those jobs that seems so easy but in reality, it is pretty difficult. Far too often, DIYers find themselves with streaky paint jobs and rooms that they can’t stand. If you can afford it, a professional painter is always a good investment.

Expectation: New Bathroom Sink vs. Reality: Forgot to Measure

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A bathroom remodel can go downhill quickly, especially if you forget to bring your measuring tape. Always remember the saying, measure twice and cut once. While that may not always apply to a bathroom remodel, it is a good idea to keep in mind.

Expectation: More Room for Activities vs. Reality: More Cleaning

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Yes, an open layout plan is all the rage but that also means there is more floor space for your kids (or spouse) to leave their junk out. While I’m a huge proponent of the open layout living room, it also means you will spend more time cleaning and doing your best to keep the area clear of toys, trash, and even clothes.

Expectation: Natural Light vs. Reality: Dirty Windows


Natural light has been proven time after time to be a great source of Vitamin D and excellent for your health, but when you want to install a ton of windows to give you this natural light, you are also setting yourself up for a lot of cleaning. Window cleaning can be a big pain in the you-know-what and the more windows you have, the more you’ll have to clean.

Expectation: Take Down Wallpaper vs. Reality: Glue is Everywhere



I was lucky enough this past weekend to experience the pains of removing wallpaper that was most likely 30 years old. Unfortunately, not all wallpaper will come off the wall in easy to rip sheets. Some strips of wallpaper will be glued onto the wall with an unnecessary amount of glue that you will have to sand off.

Expectation: Pinterest Boards vs. Reality: One Project = 5 Hours

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We’ve seen them all, the blogs that specifically post about their failed Pinterest projects, the comments under pins about how the directions are lacking and the people who post on social media about how they completely trusted a pin and will never do it again. I recommend before you jump head first into a Pinterest project, that you do some extra research and see how others have completed this project and what they did differently.

Expectation: Buy Everything vs. Reality: No Room

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Remodeling your room can give you the excuse to go out and buy furniture, decorations, and just about anything else but occasionally people get a little ahead of themselves and buy so much that they have nowhere to put everything. Remodeling shouldn’t be an excuse to buy everything you ever wanted, before you make a purchase, ask yourself where you will put it.

Expectation: Christmas Lights vs. Reality: High Electric Bill

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Decorating during the holidays can become more expensive than you may have anticipated. Sure bright white and colored Christmas lights make your house look awesome, but that high electricity bill will leave you asking yourself if it was really worth it.

Here at Budget Dumpster, we understand remodeling your house or even just remodeling a room can become quite the hassle. If you ever find yourself in need of a quick and easy dumpster rental for your next project, we are always here to help. For more information on home improvement projects, go to our home improvement category of this blog.

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