7 Avoidable Home Renovation Sins

Tricia Hingpit
27/02/2018 6:59:47

Mistakes—they are integral for growth. But when it involves your residential property and a huge chunk from your savings account, it’s a different story.

If you’re planning to renovate your home, do your best to avoid committing these 7 sins.

1. Being nonchalant with your budget

A certain range of renovation budget surely does cover everything, right? Home renovation jobs will cost you a little extra than you have.

Having a firmly designated budget for everything and not giving allowance is being naïve. It’s better to consult with a verified builder to save you from surprises.

2. Not thinking long-term with the design

If you’re spending hard-earned money on renovation, you better spend for something worthy and long-lasting. What’s attractive now might not be that useful in the future.

Don’t skimp on materials and design. Think and discuss long-term aspects with the builder. Needless to say, you have to focus on what really matters before splurging on a living room space expansion.

Asking the following questions will help you prioritise your goals:

  • Are you planning to have kids or pets?
  • Do you want to sell this property in the future?
  • Do you want to grow a garden?

Enlisting these goals will keep you grounded.

3. Hiring a “just okay” architect or designer

Trust us on this, you wouldn’t want a “just okay” designer. Opt for the right fit—the one who matches you.

Hire a builder who:

  • Sees the same vision as you do.
  • Puts your needs before theirs.
  • Concerned about your goals.
  • Values your opinions and preferred styles.
  • Knows how to give objective views.

4. Underestimating storage space

It’s a sin to forget the importance of a storage in a room. If you’re renovating a certain area such as your bedroom, kitchen, or bathroom, put storage as one of your priorities.

Think of your storing habits. Do you shop in bulk? Discuss this with your builder. Not having an adequate and appropriate storage likely leads to clutter.

5. Not keeping soft/hard copies of notes, permits, documents, etc.

While you’re probably not the expert in this journey, you also have a responsibility. Don’t just sit around.

If you’re buying your renovation furniture or fixtures, compile and organize the receipts and manuals. If you’re on the permit-acquiring stage, keep the hard copies in an envelope or binder.

If it helps, you scan your files and then store them in an external hard drive. Whatever really floats your boat.

The builder firm’s contractor will definitely make use of an organized compilation of those important documents.

6. Thinking that renovation process should be smooth-sailing

Keep those high expectations at bay. In a perfect world, a renovation process will go smoothly without one small delay or setback. However, this is reality.

Don’t be too frigid. In a renovation process, compromises are a common thing. Of course, your design goals and preferences are the priorities, but keep that mind open.

7. Not having maintenance habits

Finally, just because you’re done renovating doesn’t mean you’re already loosening up. If you invested in super tough and long-lasting materials, that’s not an excuse in not having maintenance habits.

Think about resale value. Maintenance is one way to preserve the quality of a hard-earned renovation. Even simple annual maintenance routines like painting, termite checks, and water damage inspections will already do the trick.