From ignoring preparatory or initial work and safety, to having to set unrealistic budgets, this is a honest expose of the most common renovation mistakes. Find out how it happens, why people do it and, and how they can avoid these mistakes.
22. Gutting Everything
Before starting your renovations, make sure you plans are well-set, because you don’t want to go in there and just remove everything out, when you can work around some areas instead.
21. Going Cheap
One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners do when doing renovations is going cheap when buying materials. Truth is, you’re going to get what you pay for.
If you can’t afford to do it, wait.
20. Overusing Duct Tape
Duct tapes are not a permanent solution. It’s just a temporary fix. But people use them because it’s quick, easy and cheap.
19. Inaccurate Measurements
An inch or half an inch can make a big difference. If your dimensions are off and aren’t symmetrical, you won’t get the effect and impact that you want. If you’re unsure on making measurements and directions, seek a professional.
18. Not Doing the Prep Work
Make preparatory work, and do it the right way, right away.
17. Using the Wrong Tools
Using the wrong tools can wreck the project, wreck the tool, and you can wreck yourself as well.
16. A Small Bathroom
If you want a small bathroom, choose the right fixtures. Never use full-size fixtures in a tiny bathroom to avoid making it crowded. Use bold colors and prints – it makes small spaces feel better.
15. Ignoring Lighting
Most homeowners always forget the effect of lighting in a home. Do some research and achieve the ambience you want to have.
14. Too Trendy
People often want to be too trendy and choose the hottest or coolest things. What they always forget is that trends are short-term and might just look good while it’s trending.
13. Building Small Doorways
Check the entire floor plan and make sure you make the doorways bigger for high-traffic areas. Also make sure that rooms have multiple exits.
12. Failure to Anticipate Chaos
Even well-planned projects have chaos, so prepare yourself and try to anticipate them. Make plan A’s and plan B’s.
11. Incorrect Storage of Materials
Always practice proper storage of materials – to avoid wastes and extra costs for damages or re-purchases.
10. Not Using Green Materials
People are often not going green with their projects because they don’t know how they think it’s expensive – which is not entirely true. Going green is actually a smart investment in the long run.
9. Using the Wrong Paint
People always s make this mistake. What they don’t realize is that there really are all types of paints for different places and purpose.
8. Choosing the Wrong Windows
Windows are expensive, but instead of saving up on them, it is best to save up on other things and make sure the windows are right and are of best quality.
7. Forgetting About Safety
Safety is always a MUST. Aside from having a first-aid kit, make sure you have protection as well (goggles, boots, ear covers, etc..)
6. Not Doing Your Homework
Even if you won’t be doing the work yourself, you have to know what you’re getting into. You should have sufficient information and know what questions you should ask your contactors.
5. Forgetting to Update the Electrical System
People sometimes forget to check or update their electrical system when renovating, mostly because it’s expensive, and because it’s not usually visible.
It is best to walk around with your electrician before starting your projects.
4. Avoiding Permits
People should also include the legal paper works in their priority. Avoiding such might save you some, but if problems should occur, you will have legal issues and your insurance might not cover your home.
3. Setting an Unrealistic Budget
Now this is where most people are wrong. Renovation is costly, but still people underestimate the cost of renovation, and they mostly forget to include the cost of labor with their budgets.
Truth is, you’ll never know what’s going to happen unless the demolition process is started so you need to be flexible with your budget and be realistic.
2. Getting the Wrong Contractor
You need to make sure that the contractor understands your needs and wants.
One tip would be to look for those contractors who answers phone calls fast, because it means that they have nothing to hide, and would lessen your anxiety.
1. Taking On More Than You Can Handle
When people meet their limitations, they often take shortcuts – resulting to substandard work.
You really have to be honest on your skill set, and capabilities.