Even though all those home makeover shows make renovating your home look easy, it can take just one mistake to turn your home renovation into a major catastrophe. Not only can a renovation mistake become expensive and unsightly but they could also bring down the value of your home. Here are some mistakes you should avoid when completing a renovation on your property.
Going over budget
Preparing a realistic budget before you start work and putting aside extra funds to cover any unexpected expenses helps to avoid going over budget. Before you set your budget, you should make sure to get a few estimates from multiple home renovation experts as well as doing proper research about the material and labour prices to get an idea of the standard industry price. This can help you to narrow down the right people for the job, along with helping you set your budget.
Not being prepared
You should always have a clear plan for your renovations so that you don’t end up taking longer than what’s necessary to get work done. Before you start renovating do your research, have a look in magazines, online or check out some display homes for ideas and inspiration.
Your renovation plans should include everything necessary to every part of your renovation. Once you have set plans any confusion about the work that is to be undertaken are less likely to occur.
Cutting corners on materials and renovations is only going to cause you problems in the future. It’s far better to put in the extra work and do it right the first time rather than having to go back and redo everything. By hiring competent tradies to do the job, buying good quality materials and taking your time to complete every step of the job property, you can save yourself time and money in the long run.
Renovating to your individual tastes
Sure, you want to add your own personal touch into your home, but by choosing permanent finishes like countertops and tiles that are highly unique and individual you are more unlikely to see a return when you sell the property. Whilst you may love the look of all-yellow cabinets, you may not be as happy after looking at them day after day.
Too much DIY
It’s great that you may want to be more involved and take part in your home renovations, but there comes a time when it’s best to let the professionals do their jobs. Complicated projects like electrical work, complicated tile work and plumbing are usually beyond the expertise of most homeowners and can reduce the value of your home if done incorrectly.
Choosing the first tradie you interview
The best way to choose the right tradesperson for the job is to get several quotes, cheaper usually doesn’t equal the best work so it’s important to find somebody who fits your personality and is open to communication. Check each potential tradies references and insurance coverage. Check out How to pick the right tradie here for more tips.