Preparing to remodel your home can be an exciting process, whether it’s creating a Pinterest board, comparing paint swatches, browsing furniture markets to find the perfect dining room chandelier. Although you know exactly what you want to transform your living space, the practicalities of executing that vision can make the process stressful and overwhelming. From finding the right contractor, choosing furniture, and avoiding budget worries, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest mistakes to avoid when renovating and refurbishing your home.
1. Not Hiring a Professional
An interior designer will lend a keen eye to your decorating ideas and ensure that your home is both pleasing to the eye and practical. Make sure to involve them during the planning phase so that they can give appropriate advice from the start.
2. Hire a cheap contractor
You may be on a tight budget, but don’t settle for the cheapest contractor you can find. When choosing the right contractor to remodel your home, consider skills, experience, and manpower. Always choose a contractor with a good reputation and a history of delivering work on time.
3. Choosing inferior materials
Do not compromise on the quality of materials. Lower quality ones may be cheaper but will cost you in the long run as they will need to be replaced soon. The best quality materials are durable and long lasting, especially in the case of items like faucets and hardware for doors, windows, cabinets and kitchen hardware.
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4. Renovate without a budget
A renovation usually doesn’t go as planned, so be sure to create a realistic budget. Allow at least 20% more than your budget for contingencies or unforeseen expenses, especially if it is an old property. If you’re working on a budget, spend on essentials like flooring, plumbing, and electrical instead of splurging on fancy furniture or expensive light fixtures. Also focus on the main areas instead of trying to complete the whole renovation in one go.
5. Not setting a schedule
A successful renovation cannot be done in a short period of time, so do not be in a rush to conclude. Create a detailed plan for each step of the process, as well as a work and payment schedule with appropriate deadlines so that materials are purchased on time and the contractor is paid on time.
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