8 Common Mistakes When Undertaking Home Renovations

(Last Updated On: May 8, 2021)

Whether you’re planning to completely gut your home and start again or you’re just looking to do a few home improvement projects, renovations often require a lot more planning and commitment than people realize.

Mistakes When Undertaking Home Renovations

In this article, we’ve taken a closer look at some of the common mistakes that homeowners make when undertaking renovations to help ensure that you don’t follow in the same footsteps.

1. Accepting the lowest bid

Remember that good professional help is always worth the money – and this goes for the design side of things as well as construction. You should always be willing to pay for a good contractor; this is not to say that you should always choose the most expensive quote but you should be wary of one who’s unusually cheap and available immediately. It’s always a good idea to obtain a few quotes.

2. Buying miniature rugs and mats

One of the most common mistakes when it comes to interior design is purchasing undersize rugs or mats. These should ground your furniture in the space; as such, at least the front legs should be on the carpet.

And don’t worry if a standard size doesn’t work – there are plenty of businesses out there who are able to custom make rugs and mats in various shapes and sizes.

3. Expecting everything to go according to plan

Who really knows what’s going on behind the walls of your home? You should always be prepared for the unexpected. Don’t make the mistake of assuming or even hoping that everything will go according to plan – in these situations, it’s almost guaranteed that nothing will.

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Whilst new construction is more controlled, it doesn’t mean that this side of things will go smoothly either.

4. Failing to recognise the importance of interiors

Interiors are frequently an afterthought – people think that they can finish off these works themselves or that they can simply place their old couch in the new room and it’ll look a million dollars.

If you want to really love your space, make sure that you leave room in your budget for the interior design and décor. Things like custom joinery and window furnishings can really make or break a space.

5. Skimping on quality

We recommend spending money on the things you touch every day, such as door hardware and faucets or kitchen cabinets and appliances. This tactile experience is actually a daily reminder about the quality of your home.

We also recommend spending money on rooms that will really be worth it, like the bathrooms and kitchen rather than the bedrooms or dining room.

6. Starting straight after moving in

If possible, try living in your house for a little before making plans to overhaul it. A large number of new homeowners immediately launch themselves into starting renovations before they’ve officially moved in. Whilst this is sometimes necessary (if the state of the house is unliveable), living there first can give you a better idea of what changes will work best for your family.

7. Underestimating the cost

It’s an unfortunate reality that most projects will cost more and take longer than you expect – so it’s a good idea to add 10 or 20% to what you think a job is going to cost when you’re putting a budget together.

If you don’t have the funds to do this, cut back on the project – whilst it’s great if you’re able to come in under budget, at least you’ll be prepared for any nasty surprises that end up costing you more.

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8. Working on too many rooms at once

You might have a lot of big plans and ideas, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can execute them all at once. Working on multiple rooms at once can leave you feeling unsettled and frustrated, so it’s best to focus on one area at a time.

It’s a good idea to focus on the spaces where you spend the most time, such as your lounge room, first – when budget allows, move onto other spaces.

If you’re about to embark on a home renovation, we hope that you find the above list useful in avoiding some of the more common mistakes that homeowners make.

If you’re looking for more information or advice on how to ensure that your project is successful, we recommend checking out the Master Builders or HIA websites. It may seem overwhelming now, but it will all be worth it when you have the home of your dreams.

Team BR
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