5 renovation mistakes you should be desperate to avoid

August 10, 2017 6:50 pm

If you’re thinking about renovating your home, you’ll probably want to keep the stress to a bare minimum. With the amount of time you’ll be spending on transforming your home into a project you can be proud of, it’s safe to say that you will wanting to hit the nail on the head first time – and not make any costly mistakes in the process!

You may think you have a handle on this – you’ve drafted up a list of every possible mistake you could make and how to prevent it – but as much as we try to be: we’re not all-knowing all the time. Luckily, we’ve prepared a handy go-to guide for when it comes to what mistakes you should be avoiding when you renovate your home.

Draft a Budget (and Stick to It!)
The last thing you want to be doing in running out of money halfway into the project, all you will have to show for your work is a half-finished room and a massive frown on your face. It is important to get a handle on exactly how much material you will need at the start of the project, measuring what you will need and budgeting accordingly. Allow yourself an additional 20% on what your expected budget will cost to cover ‘unforeseen circumstances’ – everyone needs a contingency plan!

Look to Your Foundations
If the structure of your home is weakened you shouldn’t even consider renovating before you get those problems fixed immediately. Damp is a huge problem for many households, but thankfully there are plenty of penetrating damp treatments on the market today. Start with the small stuff before you attempt the larger jobs.

Shop Around for Help
If you will need a contractor for your project, then be sure to get a wealth of estimates from different tradesmen to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Taking advice from friends and family is usually a good bet, but there are plenty of websites out there that provide customer review for various tradespeople and some contractors will provide you with references that you can chase yourself. It is important to make sure, whoever you employ, that they are fully licensed to do the job – anything less and you put your home in serious risk.

Think About the Resale Value
When you renovate your home, the last thing on your mind is probably doing it for the benefit of someone else, but it’s important to remember that you may not stay in that home forever so don’t do anything too drastic. If you are planning on selling your home soon, there are plenty of different home renovations you can do to increase the value of your home and provide you with a nice return on your investment. Here is a useful guide for what renovations offer the highest returns on investment for your property.

Research the Permit Rules
For large scale renovation jobs you cannot simply start building and disrupting the neighbourhood – you will have to apply for planning permission from the council. Take a look into the rules and regulations for building in your career and possibly seek expert advice on what you can build and what needs to be signed off.

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