Don’t Make These 8 Mistakes When You Renovate Your Home!

Home renovationsHave you ever thought about turning the home you’re currently living in into the home of your dreams? Do you find yourself regularly perusing others’ Pinterest boards or other websites, thinking, “One day, I will have this in my house”? If you find yourself constantly daydreaming about your dream home, then you could be itching to do some home renovations.

Before you get on the phone with a contractor, you need to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Renovating your home is nothing to sneeze at – it requires a great deal of time, patience, energy, and funds to get it done correctly, and it can be a very frustrating (but rewarding) process. Going through the process aimlessly can cost you a lot of wear and tear on your wallet, your home, and your mind.

Here are 8 major mistakes you need to avoid if you choose to renovate your home!

You Want to Gut Everything – It’s easy to get sledgehammer-happy when it comes to renovating your home, but you should really establish a hard plan before renovations begin. Many people start renovating, thinking they will do a bit of everything, but by the time renovations are finally done, they find themselves way in over their heads. Make sure to avoid this by creating a set list of what all you want done to your home before the sledgehammers start swinging!

Your Budget Is Unrealistic – It’s actually quite easy to underestimate the costs of renovating, and the numbers could really surprise you. Before you begin renovating, figure out how much the entire process will cost, including the labor. Be sure as well to pad your budget a bit – sometimes when you open up a wall, more problems could arise, so be prepared just in case!

You Use Cheap Materials – Remember, what you pay for is what you get. If you buy cheap materials, then don’t be surprised if your home renovations don’t turn out well or last as long. If you’re going to renovate your home, make sure to use quality materials. If you can’t afford to, then you should seriously consider waiting.

You Choose “Too Trendy” Renovations – There’s nothing wrong with wanting to go with what’s “in” today, but basing your home’s renovations around today’s trends can be foolhardy. Remember, trends typically last for a short while. Instead of making all or most of your renovations revolve around today’s hottest trends, choose either employing those trends in a few minor renovations or even investing in decorations that reflect today’s trends.

You Build Too Small or Too Big – Make sure to look at the entire floor plan of your home when you plan on making doorways. Ensure that the rooms, especially high traffic rooms, have multiple exits and wide enough passageways for people (and pieces of furniture) to pass through. On the other hand, don’t overbuild your home for the neighborhood. It’s always wise to stay in the right price range as the other homes in your neighborhood, otherwise you could have a hard time selling it in the future.

You Skip the Preparations – This is perhaps one of the worst mistakes anyone can make when they choose to renovate their home. Don’t avoid the prep work – you’ll want to make sure you take the time to get it done and get it done correctly, otherwise it will cost you a lot more money and cause you more frustration. Prepare yourself for the stress, the countless decisions you will have to make, and the entire tedious process in order to save yourself money and time.

You Neglect Your Safety – Don’t just dive in to get the job done as quickly as possible without protecting yourself! Remember the essentials – goggles to protect your eyes, ear plugs to protect your hearing, gloves to protect your hands from nails, splinters, and glass, and a good set of boots to protect your feet from hazardous material on the floors like nails and other sharp objects. Be sure to also keep a first-aid kit on hand!

You Hire the Wrong Contractor – Before diving into the renovations, be sure that the contractor is right for you. Remember, he or she will be in your home for quite a while. Be sure to interview the contractor and check their references before signing the dotted line and beginning the process. It’ll save you a big headache in the future!

Have you ever done any home renovations? Do you have any other pieces of advice to add to this list? Go ahead and add yours here at our blog! We’d love to hear what you have to say!

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