The idea of smashing into a wall with a sledgehammer might help you get rid of some stress and could be fun, but before you start wrecking the joint, it will pay you to sit down, think ahead, and consider what your home renovation entails. You might want bash that wall down to open up the living room or gut the kitchen and start again, but, for instance, you have to make sure the wall isn’t load bearing because it’s holding up the whole house. Below, we have devised a list of the most common home renovation mistakes and how to avoid them:
Don’t Choose the First Builder You Find
Most people are so eager to start their home renovations that they choose a builder too quickly or take the first one who quotes when they should have taken more time and done their research. Go with a referral and if you don’t have one, compare some prices, ask for references from past clients and go with the best one that also suits your home renovation budget.
Do Hire an Architect/designer For a Major Renovation
An architect or designer will make sure you end up with the best home renovation result possible. These professionals make it their business to get the best deals for their clients, and they can take the stress out of the project. They can also get architect or designer discounts for you to make buying furniture and fixtures more affordable.
Don’t Average Out the Budget
As the one in charge of the budget, you ought to push for a hard and fast figure for a home renovation. Don’t tell the gang, but try to budget for around 15–20 percent in financial over-spills. As long as you know you have some room to move if something goes wrong, things will run much more smoothly, but if you tell the builder you have some extra dollars in the budget you can be sure something will go wrong, and the budget will blow.
Respect the Bones of the House
Before you start a home renovation, it’s always best to get to know the structure of the house – the bones – so, respect the original architecture and try not to mix different styles and time periods. If you need advice on what to do with a room, employ an architect or designer and get an opinion from an expert.
Don’t Ignore the Rooms Most Used
Kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms are often the heart of every home and are the spaces used by more family members so they’re important and should be your priority in a home renovation. Then, once these rooms are done, you can start on the spaces such as the office, bedrooms, halls and spare rooms.
Don’t Overspend on the Wrong Things
Rather than spending big on an accent wall, e.g. and then having to scrimp on a more critical item such as a bathroom fixture or kitchen appliance in your home renovation, invest in the essential items and balance it out by spending less on things that don’t matter as much. Ask yourself what would make the best impression if you were to sell the house.
Don’t Ignore the Bathroom/s
Bathrooms need to be contemporary, so renovating them is essential especially if you ever sell the home. Bathroom renovations can be very simple – by just replacing the outdated tiling with something like stone or replacing an old bathtub with something swank with lovely new fixtures can make all the difference.
Don’t Forget the Landscaping
When someone comes through your front gate, it is the prelude to the rest of the property so it should make an impact, create an ambience and be a smooth transition to the inside of the home. A home renovation should include a revamp of the landscape because you should to be able to see the beauty of nature from most rooms.