Are you thinking about renovating your home? Stop. Right. Here. We present you 9 common missteps to avoid.
Remodeling your house can be both fun and rewarding, but it can be also very stressful. If we are not aware of the possible pitfalls before we start, our house renovation can quickly become a nightmare. We get so excited about renovating jobs that we don’t think carefully through the whole process. We stay focused on the end result and jump into the project and make simple mistakes which can be very expensive to correct. Learn from others and you will avoid these nine common remodeling mistakes as you create your perfect space.
1. You really can’t do everything yourself (even though you think you can)
You have read every home makeover magazine and you have watched every house renovation TV show so no need to hire a professional if you can do everything yourself. Before you pick up a hammer, ask yourself such questions: do you have the knowledge and tools you need, do you have time and stamina? If you can’t answer “yes”, you definitely need a pro. It’s important to acknowledge what jobs you can do yourself and what is better to leave to the professionals. Some tasks are simple enough for an average man to tackle successfully while others require expert skills and preparation. In the long run, leaving the work to more experienced people may save you a lot of money.
2. Inadequate preparation and planning
Careful planning is crucial. Know all your costs, understand timings, make sure you have solid contracts with people you hire. Don’t start spending money on anything until you are absolutely satisfied with the plans. Once the renovating process is fully underway, it can be very expensive to change your mind.
3. Underestimating the costs
Renovating always costs more than we initially calculate, especially if some unforeseen circumstances occur. With older houses or larger jobs, we should be prepared for many hidden expenses. Some unexpected surprises can be hidden behind walls and ceilings. There could be mold, pipes leaking or termite damage. Therefore, we should always plan some budget for going over budget. It is suggested to tack on an extra 15-20 percent to handle any unexpected situations and problems we might encounter.
4. One weekend is not enough
Similarly to our budget, time shouldn’t also be underestimated. Only in TV programs like “Pimp my house” it takes 2-3 days to create a totally new place. Things will go wrong, it will be messy and it will take more time than just a few days. Renovating is for sure not for the impatient or faint-hearted people. How much time you will need will depend on your experience and skills, tools, a condition of the house, etc. You should take all of these into consideration while planning a time schedule.
5. Don’t ask for help your inexperienced friends or family – enlist the professionals
In order to save money on our remodeling projects, we ask our family and friends for help. However, such assistance from an inexperienced uncle or cousin can cause more harm than good. Costly mistakes, injuries and damages to various objects in your home are only the examples of what can happen. You can use your family members for moving furniture or cleaning but if you want your renovation project to look polished and professional, do not save and hire the specialists.
6. Don’t choose just any contractor
For the sake of time, we might be tempted to choose the first bid we receive. We may be lucky and hire a good contractor at a great price or we can end up with a nightmare: a poor contractor performing shoddy work who overcharges and runs the project late. In order to avoid such situation take your time when hiring a specialist. Do your research, compare bids from multiple contractors or ask friends for recommendations. Check everything that can give you a better idea of the quality of their work.
7. Not using a designer
If you want interiors that have lasting appeal, you should consider hiring a designer. It’s necessary to understand that contractors are not designers. The training for these two professions is quite different. Designers have a more artistic eye, they will see the results of using different colors, they will explore the use of unusual materials, they will make your bathroom look bigger. They will translate your needs to functional and beautiful spaces.
8. Ignoring local building codes
Depending on where we live, we may need to consider the local building codes and regulations. Some remodeling changes like modifying plumbing, pouring a structural foundation or digging a pool may require special permits. Proceeding without the proper permits can result in delays, having to redo a project or quite high fines. You don’t have to worry about such small and simple jobs like replacing flooring or painting the walls because here you don’t have to obey any restrictions.
9. Don’t give up your dreams … but be realistic
It is easy to be enchanted by pictures of amazing interiors in home decor magazines that you ‘absolutely must have’. Dreams are important and we should follow them in our lives but while renovating our interiors we have to be realistic about what we can accomplish based on our tools, budget and the condition of a house. However, if you insist on fulfilling your dreams about absolutely perfect home and you are short of money, you can always consider renovation works in stages at affordable costs.
These words of advice presented above may seem obvious, but we tend to forget and neglect them in the excitement and rush to start the project. Renovating is a huge investment, so take your time because you’ll be living with the results for years. Make sure your home looks and feels like you.