Renovating or upgrading your home seems like a simple idea, right? Figure out what you want to do and find a contractor to do it. But there is so much more that goes into renovating and so many common mistakes that can make an upgrade or renovation go south very quickly. Below are some common mistakes you want to be sure you avoid when you begin the renovation process or even when you start thinking about renovating.
· Kitchen revamp – One of the biggest errors when people update their kitchens are incorrect measurements. Replacing cabinets or adding additional storage in your kitchen will change the look completely, but be sure you measure properly to ensure they fit around your appliances.
· Not setting a proper budget – Most people only budget out their exact renovations. But along the way, you may find electrical issues or something could become damaged. Adding 10-15% to your budget will create a safe enough cushion that if anything does happen, it will be covered.
· Changing layouts – Don’t be afraid to move things around to create a space that makes more sense. If your bathroom seems cramped because the sink is too close to the shower or you don’t like where the toilet is placed, change it.
· Going cheap – Just because you like the figures a contractor gives you, doesn’t mean it’s going to be the best job. Get multiple quotes from different contractors and view pictures of their previous work so you can get an idea of the work they will be doing for you.
· Choosing the wrong design – When you begin selecting materials, it’s best to choose a design that won’t go out of style too quickly. Make sure you are selecting designs that will be well-liked years down the road that won’t take away from the value of your home.
Revamping your home is always exciting. Changing things and making them your own makes it feel more like your home, but it’s imperative to keep in mind that these upgrades and renovations are long term and need to be thought out so future problems are avoided.