When it comes to renovations, there are always going to be things that don’t go to plan. That’s just the nature of reno’s. But making the right decisions leading into your renovations can help minimize the trouble. Check out our list of biggest reno mistakes, and how to avoid them!
Choosing the wrong contractor is one of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when deciding on renovations. The wrong contractor can change the face of your renovations, both in how you experience it and in the finished product. When choosing your contractor, choose someone with experience. Check their reviews on social media, and on their website. Also, keep in mind that the lowest quote is not always your best quote.
“As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.”
― John Glenn
Your budget is another thing to keep in mind. Tie your budget to your must-haves, and try to ignore the bells and whistles. A detailed estimate from your contractor will be a huge help this way and be wary of any contractor who doesn’t provide one. There are few things worse than getting halfway through a renovation and having to stop because you’ve used up your full budget.
Avoid the “quick fix”. If you’re going to renovate your kitchen, take it down to the bare bones. There are few things worse in renovations than covering over a problem area. By going down to brass tacks, so to speak, you can look at the plumbing, the electrical, and the wall studs to make sure there is nothing lurking in the background.
Doing home renovations is always going to be a costly affair. The best way to cut down on costs is by focusing the scope of the reno. Smaller renos will cost less money. Do NOT cut corners, or cheap out on materials and fixtures. By using cheaper materials and fixtures, you end up spending more in the long by having to replace or repair these items. Get the best you can afford.