Renovating your home is a huge undertaking, no matter how lavish or understated your vision. It takes a lot of time and money to bring your home improvement dreams to life. To get the most out of your project, we have compiled a list of Top Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid.
7 Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid
1. Forgetting to apply for a building permit
Before making structural changes to your home, check with the city or town where you live to find out if your project requires a building permit. Skipping this step could costs you thousands of dollars down the line if you break a rule. In some cases, you might even be forced to demolish your work. To find out if building permits are needed, call or visit your municipal office and ask about the requirements to move forward with your project.
2. Choose the cheapest contractor
When selecting a contractor for your home renovation, it is important to never choose the first contractor you come across or the cheapest. Do your research. Obtain at least three estimates from various reputable and licensed contractors.
Each estimate must include project details, permit costs, insurance, general contractor fees and must also include a warranty on the work. If the estimate is not complete, the contractor may be guessing or may not be qualified to do the job.
As the owner, create a list of questions for each contractor you meet. Think of it as an interview. Some important details to know are if they are licensed, bonded and insured, what their experience is with projects similar to yours and how many years they have been in business. It’s also prudent to get references and call them to discuss their experience with the contractor and the outcome.
3. Set an unreasonable budget
Home renovations can be expensive – there’s no getting around this truth. Before undertaking any major home renovation, it is essential to budget well and leave room for error. This way, when unforeseen problems and expenses arise (and they inevitably will), you will have funds available to cover the costs.
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4. Don’t measure twice
We’ve all heard the saying “measure twice, cut once”. This saying rings true when it comes to home renovations. Supplies, materials and trades are expensive, and delivery and installation times can be considerable. Therefore, it is important to always double-check and triple-check your work before doing anything permanent.
5. Buy cheap supplies
Sometimes people try to cut corners and skimp on some of the materials involved in renovating a home. Although you can save money in the short term, cheaper supplies will need to be replaced sooner and you may end up paying more in the long run. If you are over budget and need to save, it is recommended to don’t skimp on supplies or materials but instead, cut out things that won’t have much of an impact on the overall design of the renovation. For example, money can be saved on cabinet hardware or the kitchen backsplash. These will not impact the integrity of the renovation, but will help you stay within your budget.
6. be too fashionable
The trends are significant, but they are also transitory. When planning a home renovation, avoid anything that is too trend, especially in bathrooms and kitchens, which can be expensive to update when trends change!
While remodeling in fashion may be of interest to you today, when you decide to sell your home in five or 10 years, the value could take a hit due to the obsolescence of the room. You’ll get longer-lasting results by sticking to timeless choices rather than what’s “trendy.”
7. Focusing too much on DIY
In recent years, the popularity of do-it-yourself renovations has exploded. There are shows, websites, and Youtube channels dedicated to teaching you how to do just about any home improvement you could think of. However, it’s important to remember that while the DIY route may be fine for small aesthetic projects, when it comes to the structural integrity of your home, hiring a qualified professional can save you a lot of headaches and money in the long run.
As you navigate the home improvement process, keep these seven tips in mind. By hiring a trained professional, setting a realistic budget, and using quality supplies, your home renovation can pay dividends when selling.