Like any big endeavor, it’s easy for things to go awry when renovating a home. Sometimes mistakes are easy to fix and other times they can be disastrous. What all of these missteps have in common is that they can be avoided. We’ve compiled a list the top home renovation mistakes and easy ways to avoid them.
- Lack of preparation
We get it. Sometimes it’s easy to get a wild hair and go after a big project on a whim. While this is exciting, it is crucial that you understand that a proper renovation takes preparation. If you outline your plan-of-attack, you can avoid unexpected curveballs and keep to the schedule. When you meet with your contractor, make sure you put EVERYTHING into writing to get everyone on the same page. They will also outline the process and costs before the renovation even begins.
2. Cutting corners
Maybe your project is costing more than you anticipated and you’re too stubborn to put it on hold or push it back. If you take shortcuts by buying cheap materials, it will only create future problems. Remember the adage “you get what you pay for” when it comes to renovations this adage could not be more true. Get the proper materials now and avoid costly mistakes later.
3. Ignoring problems
Piggybacking off of our last item, never ignore major issues with your electricity, plumbing or sewage lines. It’s common to run into a glitch or two, especially when renovating older homes. Confront these problems before you close the walks back up. It may be an annoying added cost, but it will save you heaps of money in the long run.
4. Gutting everything
Once again, this boils down to poor planning. Don’t go into your home renovation project willy-nilly and assume that you need to clear everything out. All bearing points need to be identified before demolition in order to ensure you do not cause your home to collapse. Otherwise the results are costly and your renovation may be greatly delayed. Trust your contractor and make sure you listen to their recommendations and plan-of-attack before you do anything yourself.