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Top Mistakes to Avoid While Renovating your House


Top Mistakes to Avoid While Renovating your House


Renovation is tough and costly. It comes with many financial risks, and even slight negligence can have you regret your decision for life. However, it can add space and functionality to your existing house and boost its overall look and feel when done right.

So, if you have decided to revamp your precious residential space, then read through some major mistakes to avoid during your renovation process and ensure completion of the project on time.

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Setting Unrealistic Budget

Well, who doesn’t want to have a house or a room just like the vision in their dreams? Though bringing such transformations may not be impossible but does require a reasonable budget.

You can never predict what is behind the walls and get the real picture only when the process starts leading the renovations to cost more than expected. Hence, it is always recommended to keep at least 10 percent extra in reserve to avoid surprises later.

Ignoring Functionality and Lifestyle

You have to understand that every renovation you plan does have some purpose in terms of its functionality and is not only for adding style and glamour to space. While appearance is also essential, you should not ignore the part the renovated areas would be required to pay later.

Therefore, think about how you live in the space and how much you engage in the house’s respective areas. Then, go on deciding the modifications that would facilitate your activities.

Focussing on Aesthetics too much

There is no harm in being trendy and renovating your house with fresh and updated looks. However, the return it will generate in the form of the resale value (if you happen to sell the house in the future) should be duly considered.

Trends are temporary, but great designs are forever. So, rather than investing in extravagant styles that will be short-lived, you should focus on modifications that are ever-green and pay off in the long run.

Cutting the Costs

Trying to cut corners from your budget by investing in cheap materials is not a sensible action to do. Buying low-quality products can save you few hundreds now but would not perform up to the mark and rather cost you more due to frequent repairs or replacements.

Similarly, hiring unlicensed or amateur contractors can haunt you later when you see the inefficiency in tasks, and other forms of flaws during or after renovation is done.

Not Paying Attention to Bathrooms

Bathrooms are the most ignored areas of the house. Ironically, they see the roughest engagement and get the least attention. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to spend lavishly on its makeover, but at least a considerable budget should be dedicated to its repairing so that it can add up to the worth of the building.

So, if you haven’t paid any heed to your bathroom in this meanwhile, try replacing the tiles and installing new fixtures along with adding a coat of paint to the walls, and a brand new bathroom is ready for less than $500.

Going the DIY Route

If you plan to renovate your house on your own, you should seriously rethink your decision. You might think you are equipped to handle it, but you would need the desired skill sets and experience to execute it properly when it comes to actions. For instance, changing a light fixture doesn’t only involve removing the old and installing the new. You need to have a complete understanding of the electrical systems, or else it can be dangerous.

Hence, it is best to have a professional renovation contractor on board to assist you during the project and carry it out adequately.

Samuel J. Morales

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