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Avoid These Common Home Renovation Mistakes
The pitfalls that homeowners can fall into when renovating their homes can be avoided given the right information. While renovations can be exciting, they can also be overwhelming and stressful, especially when home imprement mistakes are made. This article discusses the most common renovating mistakes to avoid.
Setting an Unrealistic Budget
Don’t make the mistake of having an unrealistic or baseless budget. It’s crucial to establish a clear understanding of your renovation goals and set a realistic budget that aligns with your financial situation. The last thing you want is to run out of funds mid-work. Moreover, unforeseen expenses like structural damages and extra work that come up during the renovation should also be considered when setting the budget. By being mindful of these costs, you can avoid overspending and ensure that you plan for a renovation that is within your means.
Sacrificing Function For Form
The allure of having the most aesthetic and picture-perfect space is understandable, but don’t do so at the cost of functionality. Sacrificing function for form is a mistake you’ll quickly regret once you start using the space. Never underestimate how important practicality is in any living space.
With that said, take some time to assess the space you’ll be renovating, and work on a renovation plan where the end results will support how you plan to use the space on a daily basis. The last thing you want to do is pay for a nuisance of a room that doesn’t serve you well or bring you joy as you go about your daily routine.
Not Complimenting the Original Architectural Style
When it comes to home renovation, you’d be remiss not to work with the original architectural style. Don’t make the mistake of working against the architectural style of your home. You’re only setting yourself up for an incohesive looking space. Rather than making changes that clash with the original style, look for ways to enhance its unique features and work with it to create a cohesive design. By incorporating the original architectural style of your home into your renovation, you can create a harmonious and visually stunning space.
Installing Appliances Last
Another mistake that can be avoided when renovating your home is to not install appliances at the end of the renovation process. Installing appliances last leaves more room for costly adjustments and unnecessary delays. Issues like wiring, plumbing and cabinetry fitting and clearance typically come up when installing appliances. It’s best to fit the appliances and build them in like you would with other permanent fixtures. It makes it easier to address any fitting issues than it would be if you installed them last.
Not considering workflow
When planning your renovation, it’s important to consider the flow of your space. This includes thinking about how you move through your home and how your renovation will impact this. Consider how your renovation will impact your daily routine and make sure that the flow of your space is enhanced, rather than hindered.
Not considering the workflow of a space is a mistake some homeowners experience well after their home has been renovated and they realize that the space is beautiful yet inefficient. Consider the natural workflow of a room and incorporate that into your renovation plans. Workflow should also be prioritized over aesthetics.
For instance, placing your refrigerator tucked neatly away on one end of your kitchen, yet having your work and food prep area on another end can make your kitchen look nice and expansive. In reality though, this would leave you to take an excessive amount of steps to go from your fridge to your food prep area.
Buying Cheap Materials
While it may be tempting to cut costs by buying cheaper materials, this can end up costing you more in the long run. Cheap materials may not last as long, and can lead to costly repairs or replacements down the line. It’s important to invest in quality materials that will stand the test of time.
While reducing costs where you can and when you can is ideal, remember that cheap materials aren’t the same as affordable materials. Invest in quality materials to ensure safety and longevity in your home renovations. Investing in good quality materials also means you’re less likely to have to deal with maintenance and repair.
Ofcourse, most home renovations don’t often come with an unlimited working budget. The best thing you can do is to invest in quality materials where it matters most. Considering safety and how it needs to stand up to daily use, invest in quality materials for things like flooring, countertops, and structural materials. If you need to balance your budget, you can opt for cheaper materials for things like accessories and lighting fixtures.
Choosing To Not Work With Professionals
Home renovations involve plenty of technical work that you’d do well to leave to the professionals. You don’t have to hand over the renovation reins completely to professionals. But at the very least, consult with experts. Don’t make contractors cringe with mediocre DIY work and choose to work with people who are far more qualified to handle certain areas of renovation. Unless you’ve got extensive experience, skills and knowledge, we suggest working with professionals for renovations that involve plumbing, electricals, and anything related to structural stability.
If you need more reason to work with professionals, know that they can bring peace-of-mind during the renovation process. A survey done by Money Talks news cited that more than 40% of homeowners felt calm during a home renovation when they used contractors. The DIY group on the other hand, only 20% of them said they felt calm during the process.
Working Without Checking A Permit Or Checking Local Building Codes
Before renovating your home, don’t make the mistake of not working with a permit and ensuring you’re following local building codes. Unless you want to pay for fines and deal with the hassle of legal issues, do your due diligence and comply with local regulations accordingly.
When renovating your home, it’s important to prioritize safety. This includes wearing appropriate safety gear, ensuring that your renovation is up to code, and taking steps to prevent accidents. Neglecting safety can lead to serious injuries and can end up costing you more in the long run.
Having Unrealistic Expectations
Lastly, don’t make the mistake of assuming your vision if going to translate into your home renovation down to the very last detail. Expect the unexpected and know that you’ll be dealing with issues and challenges that result in things you didn’t have in mind. Expect time delays, excess costs and be flexible towards changing your ideas for the sake of safety and functionality. If you go about your home renovation with a rigid view, you make yourself difficult to work with and set yourself up for disappointment as things will inevitably not go according to plan.
If you want to avoid these common and costly home renovation mistakes, take the time to sit down and plan. Gather a team you can work with and who can provide their expertise. Set realistic expectations so that the renovation process and end result is more or less cohesive to what you had in mind.
Overall renovating your home is a rewarding but very involved process. Preparation is essential. Prior to renovation, plan accordingly, set your expectations,and gather a team. Doing so will help you avoid home renovation mistakes. Keep your eyes on the prize and enjoy the process!