15 Renovating Mistakes

 

Renovation mistakes can cause a loss in money, regret, and most importantly STRESS!

Avoiding those mistakes can save you more then just time. Check out some of the most common mistakes that you can change NOW. Which tip will you apply in the near future?

 

 

1. Hiring The Wrong Contractor

1. Hiring The Wrong Contractor

Research your contractor! The horror stories we've all heard are endless. Hiring the wrong contractor can make you think twice about your choices! Get references. Utilize Yelp, Facebook, or even Angie's List to find the person you can trust. Set aside time to research everything you possibly can about the company or individual. Check out their previous jobs and why people would hire them. You'll be glad you did.

2. Lighting?

2. Lighting?

Lighting in a room can do so much more then you can imagine! It can create a room to look more spacious, cause colors to bright up, it can even affect the atmosphere! Know what type of lightning is best for your space. If you don't know, get a professional to help.

3. Skipping The Prep Work

3. Skipping The Prep Work

You never want to skip the prep work! You should take pride in your home and that means preparing it properly. Do things the right way from the beginning. It will save you from having to re-do projects.

4. Gutting Everything

4. Gutting Everything

I'm sure this can be fun but you don't want to get carried away. If you don't plan in advance what is to be gutted, you can get stuck in a rut. You do not want to get yourself so deep in a hole that you have to put more money into it.

5. Inaccurate Measurements

5. Inaccurate Measurements

When measuring, every inch matters. If you are off by a couple of centimeters, your project can be ruined and you'll have to start again. A professional can help you get the correct measurements. Again, this can cost you a lot if not done right.

6. Building Small Bathrooms

6. Building Small Bathrooms

There are certain things you just can't do small and a bathroom is one of these! If you must build a small space, use the proper size fixtures, appliances, etc. For example, having the proper size toilet and sink can make a small bathroom look spacious enough to use.

7. Duct Tape Does Not Solve Problems

7. Duct Tape Does Not Solve Problems

If it can't be fixed with duct tape, you're not using enough duct tape. Not true! There is such a thing as too much! Duct tape is a temporary fix and it looks cheap! Never use too much and never leave it on for too long.

8. Choosing The Wrong Windows

8. Choosing The Wrong Windows

Windows can be expensive and sometimes people try to go cheap. The problem with that is that cheap can cost you! The design can look cheap ,and as a result your home look cheaps as well You don't want to decrease the quality of your home just to save a small buck. Buy quality windows, it will save you money in the long run.

9. Pesky Materials

9. Pesky Materials

Don't be cheap when renovating your home! Cheap renovation is a temporary fix. It can cost you more in the end. Remember, "You get what you paid for!" So if it's not in your budget, it is best that you wait.

10. Right Tools..Wrong Project

10. Right Tools..Wrong Project

You should always make sure that you have the right tool for the right job. What can go wrong? For one, you can hurt yourself. Second, the wrong tools can expand the time spent on the project. Lastly, of course your tools can be ruined! Another waste of money trying to replace bad tools. Try buying or even asking for the correct tools.

11. Do Not Avoid Getting A Permit

11. Do Not Avoid Getting A Permit

Yes, you MUST have a permit before renovating your home! Not having a permit can cause issues...such as a lawsuit. These issues can cost you more than you budgeted for. We're required to have permits for a reason and it is definitely worth the comfort knowing your home is under guidelines of the law Do not avoid getting that permit.

12. Trendy Homes

12. Trendy Homes

We all want to keep up with the latest trends but that's something you want to avoid in your home. Your home should be an extension of you. Besides, trends do not last forever. If that were the case, carpet walls would currently be in your home right now

13. Small Doorways

13. Small Doorways

Small doorways are just a no. Just imagine having doorways that can barely fit you, and you would totally agree why it's a big NO.

14. Prepare For The Unexpected

14. Prepare For The Unexpected

It happens! You start gutting the bathroom and you find mold! Or you can be changing a light fixture and you now need to change the wiring in the entire house. It never fails! So you must be prepared for the worst or you might be left with an unfinished project.

15. Not Updating Electrical Systems

15. Not Updating Electrical Systems

Electrical codes change often and you always want to make sure that it is up to standards. It may be costly but like everything, it will save you from having future unexpected issues.

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