Home renovations can be a super stressful experience if you’re not ready for the things you could face. Check out our top 5 common home renovation mistakes that we’ve seen and experienced over the years.
Starting Too Soon
If you’re moving into a new home, live in it a while before you start renovating. Pay attention to how the house flows, and how your family moves around it. Watch where you drop you coat when you come home, or where the sun hits at certain times of the day. These are all things to take into consideration when renovating.
Making too many changes along the way
Make a plan and stick to it. That’s not to say a few things could change along the way due to unforeseen circumstances. (We’ve all watched HGTV. We know the drill.) That being said, try to keep changes to a minimum and only in reaction to unwanted changes.
If you’re taking the time to change your home, make sure that the envelope is up to snuff, including your windows. Not only can new windows help a home look updated, but new window technology also allows for better environmental controls, and can definitely help save you money.
Trying to be your own general contractor
The list of things people shouldn’t do without professional help or know-how starts with car repair, goes through medicine, and ends with contracting. If you’ve never renovated a home, and don’t know have the experience to learn, hire a professional.
Expecting everything to go according to plan
The plan is going to change. Something will break, or you’ll find something that you weren’t expecting. (Hello broken load-bearing beams.) If you can prepare yourself mentally for this, the shock may not be as great when it finally does happen, because it will.