COMMON RENOVATION MISTAKES
Updated: Oct 21
Everything in life has steps in which one must follow to guarantee success. For example, a doctor cannot be a doctor without undergoing the steps involving education and experience. This is a fact that applies to everything, including when building, renovating, or refurbishing a home. Even though this is the case, we all fall into the temptation to rush things. For example, you will get someone intending to renovate their home running out to buy tiles and a sofa they had an eye on without waiting until the layout is finalized. Taking such actions is a mistake many people do; because they are not completely sure of the design they want, and in the end, one will find themselves trying to work with something they bought while wishing they hadn’t spent money on it.
1. Not Thinking Of The Future (Forward Thinking) It is easy to design a home to your design, especially where children are involved. That is because a lot of open-plan space is needed when there is a toddler in the house. However, after some years you will need to change as your child will grow. For this reason, you have to look into the future and let your design have some flexibility. You will also have to plan ahead in terms of the recurring renovations that you will need over the years. It always helps to have a good plumber, a good roofer, and flooring specialists, as well as other contractors who specialize in renovations. The layer should work well when the toddler grows into a teenager. Having an extra sitting area is an excellent idea for families. Of course, you may not use it often when the child is a toddler, but when they get older you will find yourself spending a lot of time there. Lately, it is common to find couples in their 40s renovating their house to include some form of ground floor space that can be adapted into a bedroom. Such forward-thinking means that only minor adjustments will be needed when a need arises.
2. Sentimentality When renovating your home, avoid being too sentimental. Just because something has been around for years, it does not mean that it is a good reason to retain it. Also, designing or renovating around how you currently use your home will lead to a poorly functioning layout. You have to look at what you want to achieve and plan how to achieve it. You should start with short term instalments and build a solution from there. Hiring a professional will help you identify good ideas because they have will have an impartial view of your home and advise you how best to achieve what you are looking for.
3. Poor Budget When renovating a home, it is easy to get carried away. It is easy for one to want everything in their wishlist, which is a recipe for disaster. In other words, you will find yourself in trouble when you try to include everything you wish for rather than looking for something that works for you. For this reason, it is wise to set a realistic budget and be prepared to trade off some things. Always keep your budget in mind every time you are making a decision. To achieve this, prepare a budget before you begin working on your home. Do not forget to put some money aside for unexpected expenses. For example, while renovating, you find structural issues. Do not forget to tell your architect, contractor, or designer about your budget. Telling your contractor about your budget will help you modify the scope of work based on the amount you are willing to spend. With the help of an experienced team, they will help you compromise some of your wishlists in a way that will maximise value and have the highest return. Being budget conscious from the beginning is far better compared to running out of money halfway through the project. Nevertheless, any contractor will tell you that in one way or another, you will have to make few compromises.
4. Not having To Choose Or Agree On Everything Before Starting One of the biggest mistakes people do when renovating their home is not having decided on everything before starting the project. Doing this will not only help you identify the cost but have everything ready for the contractor. Never allow yourself to make on-the-spot decisions. In fact, there is no way to stress this enough; you should have everything ready before the builders start renovating.
5. Not Doing Research Doing some research is paramount. In fact, this is considered to be the backbone of a successful project. Therefore, to prevent running into issues later, consider taking some time to go online, go through renovation magazines, and do some visual shopping at your local stores. As you are doing this, collect images. Doing this is a great way to identify your likes, dislikes, and help communicate your ideas with your contractor and supplier.
6. Not Looking For Advice Not seeking advice is a problem. Some people think that doing research will guarantee them finding a good design or knowing how certain things work. Therefore, you can seek advice from friends, neighbours, and family. However, just because they followed or done a certain thing does not mean you have to apply them. The idea behind looking for advice is so that you can collect knowledge regarding renovations.
In other words, it is a way to learn. Remember, it is wise to learn through others experiences and failures. For this reason, because your ideas will differ in design and style: do not feel compelled to apply theirs. Always identify the reasons why you need to renovate.
7. Not Enlisting The Services Of An Architect For Large Scale Renovations And Extensions Many people tend to ignore seeking the services of an architect when they are doing any kind of large scale home renovations or extensions. In other words, structural home renovations done without the help of an architect is a big mistake. Doing this does not have to be costly. In fact, many architects will have options and advice for a fee that suits your budget. Working with professionals when renovating will help you prevent mistakes that may arise from design issues, style, and budget. In most cases, a homeowner will renovate where the layout fails them (such as not having enough storage). In all these, it is wise to note that renovating a room is difficult. Furthermore, building extensions demand structural stability. All these can be issues when one does not work with a professional architect. With the help of a professional, they will help you manipulate the space, light to create a home that is beautiful and functional. An architect will help streamline the project and give you the best version of what you are looking for. Furthermore, they have relationships with other trade professionals and suppliers; making the whole thing less stressful and affordable.
Why Hire An Architect? Never make the error of going with the first professional you meet, or you are recommended to. Also, never pick a contractor merely on cost. When the deal is good think twice. Consider getting several quotes and spend some time analysing and comparing everything before making a decision. Make sure that you have a clear scope of work for every contractor you have and compare the price. Do not forget to go through references, and if possible communicate with previous clients and try to work in person. Ask everything possible about the job. Many homeowners do not know how messy, dirty, and intrusive renovations tend to be. In fact, if the renovation project is huge, it is wise to move out or squat with a family member. The areas that are most important to invest in should be those that make the biggest difference to your life quality and improve your home standards. For example, cutting back on insulation so that you can spend more on expensive finishes will not be a wise move. If you are confused about how to spend your money, consider investing in anything that would be costly to replace later. Cut back on artificial investments because they may be replaced or added at a later date.