Are you renovating your home? Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, make sure you do it right the first time. Home projects can take a big bite out of your budget and your time if they’re not done properly. Here are some of the most common home renovations mistakes to avoid:
Home Renovation Mistakes To Avoid
It’s easy to fall into the trap of “build as you go” without any firm plans. However, this can lead not only to delays, but also to considerable costs. As an important step, you should define the areas or things that you want to change or improve. “Identify existing areas to be touched, the purpose of renovation, and the extent of the improvement you want accomplished,” Rachel explains.
Solution: List down all the things that need to be done. Afterwards, ask your designer or contractor about the cost estimate and duration of construction.
When it comes to renovating, we tend to get too excited that we forget the important and basic factors. The “bahala na” attitude often surfaces then we end up having an empty wallet and an unfinished project.
Solution: Prepare a budget breakdown that can guide you when it comes to tracking expenses. Your budget can be 40% for construction and labor, 30% for furniture, 20% for equipment and appliances and 10% for accessories and accents. While it’s important to be hands-on, you should also keep your focus and make sure your coordinate with the professional in terms of project stages and completion.
Not Considering Workflow
This is particularly important in kitchens. Consider the “work triangle” between refrigerator, sink and stove to ensure you enjoy the functionality of the new design and can use the space efficiently.
More often than not, renovations take longer than expected because of the people involved. Poor workmanship, a contractor who is not vigilant, and subcontractors who are hard to track down contribute to construction delays.
Solution: It’s important that the professional is focused on the project and makes it a priority. Before hiring a designer, contractor, or archited do your research and review their previous works. Always have an open communication with the professional that you are working with.
Buying Furniture And Home Décor Too Early
Wait to buy the perfect appliances, flooring, furniture, and other materials until the project plans are finalized and the project is far enough along for measurements to be accurate. Otherwise, you risk buying the wrong quantities of materials or ordering appliances that won’t fit.
Consider re-doing your carpeting or flooring in November or December. Many home improvement chains offer attractive sales before the holidays, and contractors tend to be more willing to negotiate during their slow time of the year.