Ten Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Wear and tear are bound to happen in your home with time. You may be moving into a home that needs renovations before you settle in. Take your time before doing the remodeling, as this is where you will be spending most of your time.

Find out what mistakes to avoid when you start renovating your home.

  1. Going with Trends

Going with the trends is not wrong, but going overboard is one mistake you need to avoid. For instance, a trendier kitchen will go out of fashion, and this can affect the resale value of your house.

Choose functionality over style, even though style also plays a big role. If you want a classic, country, or modern look, don’t go to the extremes. Have it in a way that is modest so that even with time changes, it will not look out of place.

  1. Ordering Fewer Flooring

Buying flooring by estimating the size of your house is not a good idea. Order extra flooring as it is prone to break and cut when installing. Consider buying from retailers who will you to return any unopened boxes for a refund.

Extra flooring can be useful in the future too if the floor gets any damage.

  1. Choosing Appliances Last

Instead of choosing appliances after the renovations are over, do it at the beginning. Get product experts to consult with the designer or architect to determine the best way appliances will fit in the finished house. It’s not necessarily essential to buy at first but about planning where to store them.

You may want to upgrade to a new fridge that is big enough, ensure available space accommodates it. The doors have to allow for larger appliances to enter, and space has to be sufficient. The choice of appliances will also affect the styles as they have to integrate with the overall look.

  1. Not Consulting Experts

You may want to have DIY renovations, but unless you have the skills, the advice of professionals is important. Not consulting with a contractor can land you in trouble with the county government. A contractor will help you get the necessary permits for building.

Get to consult the architects, decorators, and specialty designers before commencing renovations to avoid mistakes. Let them work together to minimize unnecessary costs and eliminate arising risks.

  1. Wrong Paints

You are more likely to change the color of your home when renovating.  For the walls to reflect light, choose a satin finish. For paint finishes, choose a matte finish for ceilings to make them seem as they are receding.

When repainting the cabinets, choose the right paint that will blend with the wall color. The material of cabinets will be a factor to consider when selecting paints. The ideal paint should be easy to apply, dry fast, and wash off without peeling.

  1. Doing All at Once

Trying to do all the renovations at once can be overwhelming. Rushing to finish your renovation project can frustrate you, therefore, take time to finish one at a time. Plan properly and be ready for any unexpected drawbacks.

Revise your plan two or three times before starting on it to cater for events that may arise later. Then start on one project and move to the next after finishing.

  1. Poor Planning on a Budget

Renovations may cost more than the budget you have planned. Set an extra 20% of the budget to cater for any unforeseen expenses during the renovation. Get quotes from different contractors to have an estimate of how your budget should look.

During renovations, you may discover places with molds, loose wires, or leaks. Don’t be overly frugal when budgeting as it can restrict the builders or stall the project. You can trim your costs on materials by getting some from flea markets, estate sales, or garage sales.

  1. Settling with the First Contractor

Taking time bidding different contractors is crucial before remodeling your home. Contact the references of potential contractors and with the local business bureau, to know if they are ethical. The contractor you choose should have a business liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance for the subcontractors.

Don’t settle on the first contractor that comes your way and offers a cheap quote. Choose a contractor who is open to communication and with whom you resonate well. Look for a contractor who will break down the cost of labor and materials then sign a contract.

  1. Not making up your Mind

Changing your plans in the middle of a project is one mistake that can ruin everything. Take all the time to change the plan, but when the work begins, stick to the original one. Indecision can cause the contractors and other professionals to give up, leaving your home incomplete.

Check for designs from magazines, online, or any other source, choose one and stick to it. Trying to alter after construction can cause a lot of damage and add extra costs. Don’t be in a rush to start decorations, consult designers for better judgment.

  1. Ignoring Local Codes

Before renovating your home, get a building permit from your local government to ensure your project complies with the zoning and safety laws. You may need the help of a contractor to make the application for you.

Projects that require room addition at the back or attic need a permit regardless of where you stay. Depending on the area you live, small renovations such as putting up a fence, replacing windows, or furnace may need permissions. Even some projects you do by yourself can require the license.

Overlooking the need of a permit can lead to hefty fines. Selling your home in the future can be a problem, or the whole project comes to an end due to demolition.

Renovations are costly, and there is no need for unavoidable additional expenses. Assuming that you have everything in place is a mistake that can cost you heavily. The above errors can be your undoing. Take care not to commit them in your renovations.

Resources – Fresh Home, Forbes

Louise Author