Renovating a house can be a rewarding project. You get to put your own stamp on the property’s design, hopefully increasing its value and creating a wonderful living space that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. That is, of course, if you don’t fall prey to the many failures and fiascos that plague renovation projects. To ensure yours is a rewarding experience, take care to avoid these six common renovation mistakes:
Many people try to save money doing renovation work themselves, resulting in all kinds of problematic results. If you lack the requisite qualifications, you may do work that is unsafe, ugly, and damaging to the property value. Such work usually has to be redone, thus adding to the overall cost of the project.
With this in mind, it’s best to leave complex jobs to the experts. Use a floor and tile removal service, hire a plumber, and engage a qualified electrician. You’ll be rewarded with safe, beautiful, solid, valuable results that are worth the investment.
When undertaking renovation projects, many people create a plan that lacks crucial details such as goals, timelines, and realistic budgets. This can lead to overspending. It generally also results in the project taking longer than necessary due to issues with logistics.
To avoid this mistake, take the time to understand your goals, priorities, and timescales. If you don’t know, seek guidance from architects, builders, and construction experts so you have a clear plan guiding you.
Approximately 75% of corporate and public property owners go over their property project budgets. To avoid this, create a detailed budget that includes everything from labor and materials to permits and petty cash for unexpected costs. Quotes will help guide your budget but remember that most renovation projects run over budget, so always add a buffer to your projected costs.
You may be charged around 1% of the construction costs for certain renovation permit types, and the associated paperwork can take some time to work through. However, it’s not worth trying to avoid this red tape. Failing to adhere to the legal side of a renovation can be a huge mistake. You may go ahead with unsafe construction, you might be fined, and you may even be asked to undo all your hard work. So, learn from the mistakes of others and stick to the rules, no matter how frustrating they may be.
Nearly two out of three Americans regret doing at least one of their DIY projects, and a third of those people said they had to eventually hire a pro to redo the job. One of the many reasons behind these regrets can be the fact that they renovated over issues instead of fixing them properly.
This might look like wallpapering over a moldy wall, plastering over an outdated electrical system, or working over structural damage. It might feel like a quick way to improve your home, but those issues will only fester under the pretty exterior. It’s much smarter (and safer) to fix problems properly.
The number of people applying for construction jobs fell by about 40% during the pandemic, and those numbers haven’t recovered, despite the demand for workers. This can lead to frustrating delays in finding qualified contractors. However, you must not let these delays tempt you into hiring a cowboy builder. This mistake could cost thousands to fix while also pushing your budget and timeline far beyond anything you expected.
With the tips above, you’re ready to create a safe, functional, and beautiful living space you will love.