Who doesn’t love makeovers? Transforming a project (or a person) from naay to yaay is everyone’s favourite hobby. When it comes to giving your own house a makeover, there’s a lot of enthusiasm involved — and apprehension too, understandably. Renovating your home is a costly affair, and you need to make sure you don’t mess it up.
Here are a few mistakes that homeowners can avoid when renovating their homes:
1. Don’t Assume You Can Learn Solely from the Internet
Yes, the internet can make everything look super easy. But don’t assume every part of your home remodeling project can be executed with Google and YouTube as your teacher.
The only reason the home improvement project looks easy because the person in the video is an expert doing it! Home improvement projects need a specific skill set to be executed.
E.g., you may think it’s going to be super easy assembling your bookshelf, but you’ll need specific tools and knowledge of how to use them to execute the project successfully.
2. Don’t Source Cheap Products at the Cost of Quality
Nobody can resist the smell of a good deal — but beware of the quality of the products you’re getting.
While you might find home materials like kitchen cabinets, door handles, faucets, etc. at a lower price, you might be compromising on quality. Home improvement products are something that you use every day and need to be well-built to sustain everyday wear and tear and the test of time.
3. Or Do the Opposite of Point 2.
While you shouldn’t look for the cheapest deals, you shouldn’t get enchanted by the idea that the best items cost the most, or this will drive your home improvement budget up by a few thousand.
Look at cost-effective solutions to your home improvement needs. Look for pretty throw pillows to dress up a drab sofa. Look at reviews of products online before buying them and make sure they have the features you are looking for.
4. Don’t Try to Be Your Own General Contractor
Yes, we know it’s your home, and you would know it best. But a general contractor can help you streamline your home improvement project, and help you understand how and if your version of renovating your home can translate into reality. A general contractor can also bring much-needed experience with construction, materials, and sources into the mix.
While taking a DIY home improvement project, you might miss out on a few details, but a contractor can help you convert your dreams of a beautiful home into reality by taking care of the little details. After all, the devil is in the details.
5. Don’t Work on Too Many Rooms at Once
Decide which room is the most important for you according to your budget and start renovating it first. Try and go for the living room first, the place where you spend the most time should get the first preference. When the budget allows, move on to the next space.
6. Not Getting Everyone on the Same Page
A home improvement project team has many people on the list — right from the contractor, to the electrician to the subcontractor. Make sure you are specific about what you want out of the project, and everyone knows about it.
Put all the instructions in an email with everyone involved or do it the old-fashioned way and create a binder with all the information for the contractor. This way, everyone can stay in the loop.
7. Don’t Underestimate Costs
You might have set a budget for your home improvement project but keep leeway for overages. Costs can go up after you tear down the walls and start with the actual renovations. If you are renovating your kitchen or bathroom, costs can escalate quickly.
But don’t assume that a home improvement project is not possible because of the costs involved. Once you know what part of your room you want to renovate and have an estimate cost outline, you can apply for a loan for home renovation. Leave your savings for other important things like medical emergencies. Get a home renovation loan to transform your house into your dream home.