Whether you are buying your first home or ready to update your existing one, a home renovation project is an exciting time. A home renovation project is also a significant investment of time and money so it is important to understand what is involved before you begin. Home renovation projects require planning and expert advice to ensure the job is done right. So, we are sharing some helpful hints for things you should avoid to make creating your dream living space easy.
Starting Renovations Too Soon
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a renovation project, but it’s important to figure out if now is the right time. Before you begin, take the time to understand how you want your home to function. Do you want to increase kitchen space? Do you need more closet space? Is it time to get rid of dated floors? Tour your home and make notes of what is important to you. That way you can go into the planning process with a clearer understanding of your goals.
Many homeowners don’t invest in a renovation project. Before you begin, set out a budget that includes the possibility of cost overruns or delays. These days it is also important to increase room for inflation as the cost of goods rises or becomes scarce. A budget will also help you prioritize and help you fully understand how much each component of your renovation will cost so you can plan accordingly.
Expecting Everything to Go According to Plan
Expect the unexpected, as they say. Once you begin your renovation project, there can be any number of things that cause your plan to hit a minor bump. Perhaps when you open the walls you find old wiring or piping that needs to be replaced. Maybe the specific building material you wanted is out of stock. Talk with your project manager ahead of time so you can be fully aware of any potential issues so you can plan and adjust so your project remains on time and budget.
Not Hiring a Designer from The Start
Quite simply, if you want the job done right, hire a professional. Working with a professional designer not only ensures that you are getting someone who understands the renovation process but also provides you with expertise and knowledge that will enhance the overall look of your project.
Hiring a Professional That’s Not a Good Fit
When you hire a professional for your renovation project, you want to be sure they understand your vision. Take the time to interview a few companies so you can ensure you are comfortable with the choice you make.
Not Asking for References
You wouldn’t hire an employee without checking for references, the same goes for your home renovation partners. Most companies will happily hand over references from happy clients. Take the time to also check for any online reviews. This will help you get a broad understanding of customer satisfaction with potential renovation companies.
Waiting Too Long to Consult a General Contractor
Consult with your contract from the very start. Include them in the design phase so they have an overall understanding of the project. This will avoid any confusion later on.
Pretending to Understand the Design Scheme
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is your vision, so make sure you take the time to understand the design scheme. If necessary ask for renderings or mark out where important features will go with painter’s tape so you have a complete picture of what the final project will look like.
Not Asking Enough Questions
Designers and contractors understand their business, but don’t be afraid to ask questions or raise concerns about your building project. If you don’t understand something about the design or aren’t sure about a recommendation, voice your concern. This will ensure that you will enjoy the completed project.
Making Too Many Changes Along the Way
Changes cost time and money. It is common to make changes during the building process, but remember the more significant the change, such as the size or layout of a room can delay the completion of your project. Regularly consult with your designer and contractor so you can foresee potential changes well in advance.
Not Setting up A Timeline
Talk to your designer and contact about your time expectations so that a realistic timeline can be set up. If you want your project done within a certain period, it is important to have this discussion to ensure your deadlines can be met and there is no pressure on your or your renovation team.
Interiors as An Afterthought
Your renovation project is more than just walls and floors. Consider your interior options from the very start so you can ensure a completed project that exceeds your expectations. You don’t want to be left with space or furniture that doesn’t match your new design.
Skimping on Quality
A renovation project is an investment that you want to enjoy for a long time. Ensure you are using quality materials and workmanship not only means that you will get more years out of your renovation, but will also increase your return on investment.
Splurging Where You Need to Save
When renovating a house, there is a time to spend and there is a time to save. Talk to your designer and contractor about where you should invest and where you can enjoy savings.
Not Knowing Measurements
Measure twice and cut once. Not knowing the right measurements can cost you money or force you to have to do things over. The same goes for interior finishes. Make sure you understand the size of your living space before you choose furniture to ensure it fits into your space properly.
Not Getting Everyone on The Same Page
Make sure your entire team from designers to contractors to interior designers understands your expectations. This will ensure that you get the right look and that the job will proceed with minimal changes or interruptions.
Sacrificing Function for Form
Your living space should be designed with both beauty and practicality in mind. Make sure that the design choices you make reflect how you live and use your space.
Focusing on Appearance
It’s nice to have a magazine-worthy living space, but does it fit your lifestyle or needs? If you have children or pets, all-white may not be the way to go. Your design team will be able to offer helpful suggestions that will make your living space look amazing, while still fitting your lifestyle.
Updating the Wrong Things
There is no point in updating your kitchen if your wiring or plumbing is too old or not up to code. If you have a baby on the way, it might be more practical to update the nursery over the media room. Make sure you update items that are a priority first so that you don’t find yourself scrambling to create functional living space later on.
You have invested in your renovation project, make sure your lighting reflects that with updated fixtures that match your new decor. If you have a clean and minimalist look, old brass fixtures may not fit this new aesthetic. Your contractor can help you find the right lighting options to bring beauty and warmth to your new space.