Learn from the Top 10 Mistakes Homeowners Can Make During a Renovation Project

Renovating your home is a tough job, whether you’re doing it yourself or calling in the professionals. Homeowners can make plenty of mistakes, particularly if they’re tackling a renovation for the first time or generally unsure of the steps they need to take to get the job done.

To assist homeowners and steer them away from future issues, it is vital they know the 10 biggest mistakes renovators tend to make. You know what they say, those who don’t pay attention to history are condemned to repeat it. So make sure you know what can go wrong!

Here are the top 10 mistakes renovators make:

1. Not researching the job properly

This encompasses product research, to ensure you’re paying the right price, checking out permits to ensure you’re covered by home insurance and taking all costs into account, such as shipping fees and extra materials. This is basic stuff, but you’d be surprised how often it’s put off or not even considered. Make sure you are ready for your renovation.

2. Not knowing whether you will install a product yourself or pay a professional to do it for you

Don’t rush into a job on your own if you’re not ready for it – that’s a recipe for disaster. Similarly, don’t discount any previous experience you have and bring in a professional for the sake of it – that could make the difference to your wallet. This article from BuildDirect will help you understand what type of renovator you are.

3. Not testing materials before the installation

Once you’ve identified what products you need, renovators must get their hands on some free samples so they are sure that toughness, durability and style aren’t issues when the time comes for installation. Get your keys out and see how much effort it take to scratch the surface.  Make sure you know what you’re working with.

4. Rushing and not doing prep work

Ensure you have thoroughly planned the job – and that includes prep work, such as sealing off doorways with plastic sheeting, covering furniture with blankets and even the process of sanding and priming if you’re undertaking a paint job, for example. Don’t rush the job or skimp on site preparation just so you can finish in time – you’ll regret it. Long-term planning is just as important as short-term gains!

5. Not getting your timing right

If you don’t stick to a rigid plan, your expected completion date will more than likely be extended by a couple of weeks. The last thing you want is to commit to a big event or gathering and not being able to finish your renovation in time. Bear this in mind when you’re planning the renovation, and plan for unexpected surprises.

6. Preparing an inaccurate budget

There will likely be cost over-runs and surprises. Account for these before they happen by setting aside 20% of the budget to handle unexpected issues such as faulty electrical wiring behind an old wall, for example. You definitely don’t want to be in a situation whereby you can’t afford to complete the renovation.

7. Not getting your measurements right

Every inch counts, and if you’re off by just a little bit, it could spell disaster. Ensure you measure your space and products carefully. This goes for all products, from flooring and decking to wall tiles and countertops. Think of the installation as baking a cake. A small mistake and the whole project could be ruined.  The industry standard for many categories of building supplies is to order 5% extra product to make up for mistakes, breakage and product faults.

8. Not calling the experts when you need to

Don’t make a mistake with your purchase because you’re not informed. Many companies have product experts on hand on the telephone to provide detailed information about products and required accessories so you can make the right choice.

9. Hiring the wrong contractor

If you’re going down this route, ensure the professional you’re working with is reliable, efficient and trustworthy. This article from TopInstallers will help you make the right decision.  Always request multiple bids, check references, and ensure they are licensed and insured.

10. Not being flexible enough

Renovating your home is a big job that requires both an eye for detail and flexibility. If things aren’t going right, have the confidence to assess the situation objectively and make the necessary amendments. Not all issues can be predicted, so ensure you are willing to change things around as the job goes on. Good luck!

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