So you hustle all your life, save a lot, and know it’s time that you’re ready to buy a home by the way. Congratulations.
You got a mortgage and bought your own home. Hooray! Now comes the hard part of making the place your own.
Whether you’re in the mood to renovate all of your homes or just simply redecorating it a little bit. There’s a little more to designing, renovating, or redecorating your house than you think.
We’re going talk about 20 renovation mistakes that new owners make and how to avoid them.
Renovating to soon
If it’s possible, live in your house for some time to know its whereabouts before making any decisions.
Look where you want to do the laundry or where the groceries end up. Which spot you like to sit. Where you would like the T.V. where to set up your wifi network.
Once you figure out all of these things. You’ll have a better idea of what changes have to be made and where to put any decoration.
Underestimating the cost
Most jobs will cost more and take longer than you expect so a pro tip is to always add 20% more than what you budgeting.
It’ll help you figure out whether you have the funds to do this or cut the job back. If you happen to beat these projections, then your surprises are happy ones.
Thinking everything will go according to plan
Working on an older building or a house and yield a lot of unforeseen events and expenses. You don’t know what’s behind that wall your opening up to.
New construction is more controlled, but it doesn’t always mean smooth sailing. Always be prepared for the unexpected.
Not considering hiring a designer at the start
You’ll spend more than you ever thought. So hiring an interior designer and architect can be beneficial.
They will either charge per hour or take a percentage of the overall job. Bricks and Stones have a well-known reputation for their extraordinary interior and architectural designs.
Going for cheap solutions
Hiring a good professional is worth the money. Be willing to pay for a good contractor, and be watch out for the one who’s cheap and available right away.
Hiring a professional who not suited for the job
Just because someone is a good designer doesn’t always mean that he or she will be fit for the job.
If he or she doesn’t ask a lot of questions about how you want to live or what you want or what are your desires go look for another designer.
Waiting for the last moment to consult a general contractor
Consult a contractor at the beginning stage rather than the ending stage. This way you’ll know if your plan is in your budget before falling in love with a plan that will financially hard to achieve.
Pretending to understand everything
Most people can’t read blueprints. Instead of eyeballing everything asks questions about the layout.
Painters tape can be a girl’s best friend. Taping out space works better than any sketch or design app for understanding how things will fit.
Not asking questions
There is no such thing as a dumb question and besides, it’s your money your spending. You should know what and why are you spending.
Making a lot of changes along the way
Changes that seem simple can require a lot of work on the back end, so be sure you check with your designer or builder on even the slightest adjustments.
- Not setting up a deadline
Consult with your contractor with a list of items that you will need, and set a deadline that by this date you must have these things.
The last thing you want is to feel under the gun to make an important fixture selection you’ll later regret.
Not thinking outside the box
Gutters, grading, and roofs may sound boring to you but there’s a lot you can do with them.
If you’re faced with a choice of working on the outside or the inside, start on the outside, No point in putting in a new floor if the roof is getting set to leak.
Sweeping interiors under the rug
Many new home owners focus on their exterior designs. Often think they can do finish work themselves or throw their old sofa or couch into a new room.
But if you want to love your space and put value into it, make sure you leave some budget for working on interior design and decor.
Putting quantity before quality
There’s a wise saying that “Spend good money on things you touch every day”
That experience sends a daily reminder to you and your guests about the solidity and quality of your home.
Spending where they should be saving
Most new owners spend more on useless things rather than saving that money and putting in something that would be useful, like a new bed or TV or some new plates for the kitchen.
Most new owners tends to replace windows and replace them with new or something more modern. If your window are in good shape just clean them up, and they will look like brand new.
Working on too many room at once
New owners tend to work on all of the rooms at once creating a lot of frustration and unnecessary expense.
Its better to work one room at a time it may be time consuming but it will be worth it. Doing multiple things can be too much for one person leading to wrong decisions later regretting them.