Common Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

26 March 2020

Messing up your home renovation messes up your entire budget since it constitutes additional costs for purchasing materials, supplies, and fixtures all over again. It also complicates the schedule of the project causing an unnecessary delay in its completion. The adage – you can learn from other people’s mistakes – can be significantly useful in this case. You can save both money and time if you know which common home renovation mistakes to avoid. Below are some of them.

Improper Budgeting

Budgeting for a home renovation project is extremely difficult because there are certain adjustments that come during the renovation itself that you might fail to consider before starting. You can at least alleviate the inflating costs by consulting your contractor for tips. Aside from that, you should also allocate 10 percent of the cost as a buffer.

Inconsistent Preferences

You have to stick to the preferences you and your contractor have agreed upon. That way you will not impose additional costs and unnecessary hassle to everyone involved. Even simple and unnoticeable changes can significantly modify your budget.

Shouldering Most Work

If you do most of the work in your home renovation project without prior knowledge about it, then you are setting yourself for struggle and trouble. Although it is understandable to want to personalise and customise the home the way you want it, you might want to take it down a notch. Otherwise, it counts as a do-it-yourself (DIY) project in itself. If you really want the outcome to go exactly according to your preferences, then you must find a contractor that you fully trust. Most people who shoulder most of the work in their home renovation project encounter delays since they realise mid-project that they do not have the time, skill and tools necessary for the job.

Homeowner-Contractor Conflict

As the owner of the home, you know exactly what you want, but contractors are professional experts when it comes to the job and there should be mutual respect. Even when things are not going how you want, find an amicable way of handling the issue.

Safety Procedures Dismissal

Even the smallest renovation can threaten the safety of everyone involved. There is a risk of tool mishaps, ladder falling, roof and walls caving in, and many more. You should equip your home renovation project with the necessary safety gear and if possible, get your family and pets out of the house for the duration of the project. You must also avoid cutting corners in purchasing materials and fixtures. And never forget to consider the safety of the rest of the house when opting for interior and exterior aesthetics.

Consult Optimum Renovations for additional tips in home renovations. We approach all renovations with a few simple principals between client and builder. We are proud members of the Master Builders Association of Victoria and are Registered Building Practitioner (unlimited) with the Victorian Building Authority.

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