10 mistakes people make during renovations

Renovations can go so wrong if they are not planned correctly. Here are some of the most common mistakes that are likely to derail you and that you should avoid when renovating your home.

1. Deciding to work with an unrealistic budget

Renovations may cost you more than originally expected. It is good to plan with an extra 20% so that you are better prepared to handle any surprises.

2. Failing to complement the original architectural style

You do not need to stick with the original style, however, you might want to pick additions that complement the original design because of factors such as resale value. The additions should also improve the look and feel great while you live in the newly renovated structure.

3. Selecting appliances last

Make sure that you choose your appliances first to help accommodate the items you really want. Another tip is to hold off from buying the appliances until you’re ready to have them installed.

4. Updating the wrong things

Focus on elements that add long-term value to your home, such as storage and areas that aren’t just cosmetic. For example, installing an expensive wall treatment but skimping on flooring may not be the best option.

5. Failing to consult professionals

Consulting architects or designers to fine-tune your plans is invaluable as they will assist in spotting issues you may have overlooked. These professionals can help make your plans more functional and efficient.

6. Being too trendy

Fresh and modern designs are great but don’t forget to also consider resale value. Trends are short-lived, while good design lasts forever. Don’t hesitate to consult a designer if you are unsure if a design will quickly look dated.

7. Measuring incorrectly

Especially for DIY-ers, the saying, “measure twice but cut once” can save countless delays and more importantly, money. Being ‘off’ even a fraction of an inch can have big repercussions.

8. Buying material too early

Wait to buy the perfect appliances, flooring and other materials until the project plans are finalised, 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.

9. Focusing on appearance alone

Be sure to address any structural or safety issues, such as ensuring foundations and sub-flooring are sound or updating the electrical system. This will save you from having to rip out any of your renovations should a safety issue occur at a later stage.

10. Choosing single glazed instead of double glazing windows and doors

Considering double glazing over single glazed windows or doors will be one of the best investments you can make in your home from not only an energy efficiency angle, but also retail value.

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