Common Renovation Mistakes Homeowners Make All the Time
Whether you’re operating on a tight budget or sitting on a war chest of cash mountain, the cost of renovating your own home can easily get out of hand with a little miscalculation on your part. The point is to get it done right, whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional to help you out.
Home projects do take a considerable bite off your budget, and a simple mistake on your end is bound to make things even worse. That being said, here’s a list of common renovation mistakes homeowners make all the time, and which end up costing them dearly:
Setting Up Unrealistic Budgets
Renovations aren’t cheap; rather, invariably more costly than the expectations you have. To be on the safe side, it’s advisable to add a 20% cushion to your renovation budget just in case of any surprises when you finally get down to the renovating bit.
Paying No Heed to the Original Architectural Design
Anything you decide to add to your home while renovating it doesn’t need to come in the same style as the original structure. You, however, need to make sure that the style complements it to raise the resale value of your home and enhance its overall look and feel.
Focusing on What’s Trendy
Trends come and go. And the worse thing about them is that their value plummets to almost zero once they run out of fashion. So instead of losing all your valuable time on what’s latest, focus on renovation ideas that will be lasting you forever. Where you can, contact a designer you know or have direct access to for more ideas and suggestions.
Focusing on Appearance and Ignoring the Rest
Home renovations do a whole lot more than improving the aesthetic appeal of your home. The appearance of your home matters, but just as important are the safety and structural issues of the house.
While working on improving your home’s aesthetics, be sure also to improve the electrical system, making sure that both the sub-flooring and foundations are sound, so you may NOT be forced to break through the new finishes trying to fix a potential problem that might arise in the future.
Skimping on Materials
The adage of cheap is costly still applies in home renovation. Instead of opting for more cheaper materials, why not select durable, high-quality ones that you won’t be replacing anytime in the near future?
When investing in buying renovation materials, instead of choosing what’s cheap, settle for what’s durable and save yourself the trouble of having to buy the same thing over and over again.
Not Consulting a Professional
A professional architecture or designer will help you fine-tune your plan and most importantly point you to some real issue you may have otherwise overlooked. These professionals are meant to make your plan more efficient and functional. You may, therefore, be doing yourself a huge disservice by NOT consulting one.
Home renovation isn’t as black or white or as simple as some people try to paint it. If anything, there are finer details between the lines that only a professional can help you see.
While this simple guide points out to some obvious mistakes homeowners make all the time while renovating their homes, it’s sometimes important to contact your agent or a real professional in the field for more details.