4 Common Renovation Mistakes To Avoid
Home renovations can be a lengthy process full of complications. If you have little experience with upgrading your home, it can be easy to make costly renovation mistakes.
Whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a professional, getting the job done right the first time can save you thousands. Home renovations can be stressful and draining when done incorrectly. Not to mention, they can cost you a fortune and waste your time – especially if you don’t like the results.
So, to help you have a stress-free renovation process and avoid costly mistakes, I’ve pulled together the biggest renovation regrets homeowners have.
Here are 4 costly renovation mistakes you should avoid
1. DIY Projects
Renovations are a huge investment and so DIY projects may seem like the perfect solution to save money. However, if you lack the skills and experience, you could end up causing major problems that will cost you more in the future. If you do not specialise in tasks like plumbing, tiling, and electrical work - the stress is not worth it, and you’ll be better off leaving it to the experts. Avoid disastrous DIY results and call in the professionals to ensure your home renovation runs smoothly with no mistakes. You will have access to years of professional experience and knowledge to ensure your results are to the highest standard.
2. Hiring The Wrong People
When you compare quotes from a handful of reputable contractors, it can be tempting to go with the lower option to save money. A lot of the time, going with the lowest price suggests corners being cut and a lower quality workmanship. When it comes to building your dream home, it is crucial to have the right team of experts that you can trust. Having a team you feel comfortable discussing all aspects of the project with is a must. Spending a little more for a team that has your best interest and understands the vision you have for your home will pay off in the long run. The right professionals will also have access to trustworthy builders and tradespeople to get you the best results for the best price.
3. Buying Cheap Materials
You want to invest in high quality materials that are durable and won’t need to be replaced over and over. When it comes to building your dream home, spending a little more on materials, fixtures, and the right tradespeople goes a long way. Materials might seem expensive, but the cheaper option will be much more costly to fix down the track. Knowing where to invest your money and where you can choose cheaper options will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. If you’d like some guidance on where to allocate your spending and what to budget for – get in touch with one of our experts.
1. Lack of Planning/Budgeting
Many homeowners fail to set realistic budgets for their home renovation. The renovation process can be full of daunting tasks, so it’s important to have an idea of the cost of labour and materials. You should also plan for setbacks like building delays and unforeseen problems such as a water leak or structural damage. Things like scheduling a timeline and knowing exactly what you want to achieve will also help the process go smoothly. I recommend having a renovation checklist, budget, and schedule template to keep your project on track.
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