Home renovations are never as simple as they seem. We lead busy lives and it can be difficult to find the time to do research on what will actually be involved and the best tradespeople to use for the job. Here are some common renovation mistakes and some tips and tricks on how to avoid them!
1. Be Prepared
Before starting a home renovation project do your research. Look in show rooms, lifestyle magazines and Instagram for inspiration. Have some ideas of what you would like the end product to look like before going to an architect or builder.
2. Choose the right professionals
If you plan on doing a big home renovation job get an architect involved. While architects can dig into your budget, it is far better to get structural renovations designed correctly rather than dealing with a much bigger problem down the line. A good architect, designer and builder can manipulate the space and light to create a home that is beautiful in both form and function and is well worth the investment. Talk to friends and family for referrals and ensure you view the professionals work to ensure they have the same design style and standards that you are looking for before signing a contract.
3. Don’t blow the budget
Going over budget is probably the most common mistake when it comes to home renovations. Prepare a budget before you start the work and put aside sufficient contingency funds to cover unexpected costs. Half way through the renovation revise the budget to ensure that it is on track and you haven’t over spent drastically.
4. Shop around
You would be amazed at the vast difference in the price of quotes for basically the same job or product. Do your research and shop around. Take advantage of sales on essentials such as windows, bathrooms, doors and floors. It may take time to research different prices and offerings but it is worth the return especially when you are working with a small budget.
5. Don’t overcapitalise
Don’t blow your budget on an over the top extravagant kitchen when you still have the bathroom and sitting room to renovate. Going over the top with high spec features and over the top finishes will blow your budget and may not add much value to your home. Be realistic with your expectations!