- 1. Budgeting too High
- 2. Ignoring the Architectural Style of the Original
- 3. Choosing Form Over Function
- 4. Excessive Trendiness
- 5. Installation of New Appliances
- 6. Furniture and Décor Bought Too Early
- 7. Avoid Ordering Extra Flooring
- 8. Emphasizing Appearance
- 9. Ignoring the Workflow
- 10. Low-Cost Materials
- 11. Misleading Updates
- 12. Disregarding the Details
- 13. Contracting on a Whim
- 14. Measurement Errors
- 15. Failure to Consult Professionals
What are your plans for renovating your home? Don’t risk unintended consequences by hiring a professional or doing it yourself.
You can lose a lot of time, energy, and money if you don’t do your projects correctly. Avoid the following mistakes when doing home renovations:
1. Budgeting too High
It is not uncommon for home remodeling and renovations to exceed expectations. Be prepared for any surprises by adding an extra 20% to your budget.
2. Ignoring the Architectural Style of the Original
A new structure does not need to have the same style as the original, but they need to complement it to help with the resale value and look and feel good while you live there.
3. Choosing Form Over Function
Prepare the space by considering how you will use it. Think about the placement of doors, windows, and outlets, as well as the traffic patterns throughout your home.
4. Excessive Trendiness
Consider resale value when considering fresh, updated looks. Fashions pass, but good design endures. You must feel free to seek help from a professional.
5. Installation of New Appliances
Start with your appliances to ensure your design accommodates your needs. But buy them only after you’ve planned your installation.
6. Furniture and Décor Bought Too Early
Before purchasing flooring, appliances, furniture, and other materials, wait until you have taken accurate measurements of the project. The other option would be to order appliances that wouldn’t fit or buy the wrong amount of materials.
It’s a good time in November or December to re-do your flooring or carpeting. In the months before the holidays, home improvement chains usually offer attractive sales, and contractors are generally more open to negotiating.
7. Avoid Ordering Extra Flooring
Don’t forget to order 20% more material to account for installation waste and defect costs.
8. Emphasizing Appearance
You need to update the electrical system and ensure the foundations and subfloor are sound before doing any structural or safety work. It will help you avoid damaging your new and beautiful finishes in the future.
9. Ignoring the Workflow
A kitchen should have the right lighting. Ensure you can utilize the space efficiently by considering the “work triangle” between the refrigerator, sink, and stove.
10. Low-Cost Materials
You won’t have to replace fixtures within a few years if you use durable, high-quality materials. Don’t cut corners on building materials.
11. Misleading Updates
Add storage and decorative features that will add value to your homes in the long run, such as storage spaces and decorative features. You may not want to install a costly wall treatment but skimp on flooring.
12. Disregarding the Details
You may be able to get benefit from the renovation if you consider specific features. Even if you add pantry pullouts, foot-kick storage, and similar features later, it is likely to cause damage to the materials you have already updated. Consider installing them when you are remodeling.
13. Contracting on a Whim
Choosing a contractor shouldn’t be rushed. Talk to references and ask for past clients’ references. Ask contractors what they want.
Be sure to ask them about the materials, layout, and construction process. Make sure you hire a contractor based on their price and references, as well as how easy it will be to work with them.
14. Measurement Errors
When you are renovating your home by yourself, it’s important to get the measurements right.
Many delays and costs can be avoided by following the adage “measure twice, cut once.” Even a fraction of an inch can cause poor fit and need for reorders of materials.
15. Failure to Consult Professionals
It is invaluable to hire an architect or designer to fine-tune your plans to identify issues you may have missed. Architects and designers can help make your plans more functional and efficient.