When it comes to costly projects such as home renovation, you cannot afford to be careless. Before the actual remodeling, be sure to take enough time to ensure that you stay cautious, alert and you’ll end up with a result you’ll be proud of for many years to come.
If you’re too brash, too frugal or too trusting, you can end up making choices that you will regret later. “I wish I did this or I wish I did that…” is a painful cry that you may not want to go through. To help you make informed choices, let’s compile the most common remodeling mistakes you need to avoid.
Rushing into a Renovation
Some homeowners go into a renovation without an established plan or idea on what they intend to change. You may have gone through a magazine and seen amazing ideas, but they may not work for you. You need to think of your home’s current interior design and the ideas that can improve it.
Sitting down and thinking about what you want to accomplish by the end of the remodel project is very important. Changing your mind after the project may be very costly. Therefore, don’t make a hasty decision; sit down and think everything through.
Not Setting a Budget
You may be tempted to get the latest materials and fixtures in the market, but they can be crazy expensive! This is where setting a clearly outlined budget becomes essential. One thing you need to keep in mind is that if don’t have an idea of the remodeling costs, then you may underestimate it.
When the project is underway, you find that you’re spending more than you had imagined. Most interior design and renovation experts advise homeowners to do research and get a professional opinion on their renovation job. This will help you set a budget and prevent overspending.
Also, when setting the budget, avoid pinching pennies. Don’t set an unrealistically low budget because saving money on certain areas of your home may cost you more in the long run.
Be certain to include wiggle room in your budget as well. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise when you start the demo process, that need to be addressed. A flexible budget may also allow you to get more quality materials than originally planned! Bonus!
Not Obtaining the Necessary Permits
If you’re making a major improvement in your home, then it’s super important that you obtain appropriate permits. You may not know this, but permits are designed to protect you and other people. You get a permit for major renovations and in certain stages, the work will be evaluated. The work is evaluated to ensure that it conforms to the local building codes and regulations. If particular improvements are deemed unsafe, then the inspector outlines what needs to be done to make them safe.
Even though permits can seem like an unnecessary added expense, it will save you in the long run. Could you imagine completing your ten thousand dollar renovation, to have it all torn apart over paperwork? Yikes.
Being Too Trendy
Open shelving in the kitchen, instrinsically designed floor tile in the bathroom, and lets not forget concrete everything.
All very beautiful, all very custom. What one person likes may not be the same for everyone, and is something to consider when investing in your home. One day your home my be sold, and will the buyer love concrete floors? Are you tidy enough with a good design eye to maintain open air shelving? I know I’m certainly not. We love the look, but maybe it’s not super practical.
Many homeowners choose various remodeling ideas based on their current popularity. Avoid choosing a style solely based on its current popularity and opt for timeless, classic ideas.
Remember green shag carpet?
Taking the DIY Route
After hearing the estimated cost of home remodeling, many homeowners may try doing the work themselves to save some money. And hey, a lot of people are successful at it! What some don’t realize is that its not always as easy as it looks. *cough* like the first time I tried making a concrete countertop *cough*
Many home remods require a set of skills and knowledge for successful completion. After starting the project and reaching halfway, they might realize they’re over their heads and need to hire an expert to finish the job. This usually ends up costing way more money and time. But lets say you do end up finishing the job on your own, how does it look? #PinterestFail
Hiring the Wrong Contractor
Home renovations are not cheap, especially if you’re leaving it to the pros. When you look at the bids, it may be tempting to hire someone who can do the job at lower costs.
STOP! Read this next sentence slowly, then read it again: This is one of the costliest mistakes you could ever make.
Your contractor of choice may be unlicensed and inexperienced when it comes to providing high-quality workmanship. What’s worse is that they may run away with your money without completing the job. Don’t look at price alone; do your homework and ask the necessary questions before hiring any renovation contractor.