Having been in the business for almost two decades, we’ve witnessed all sorts of renovating situations. Here are 5 common mistakes we’ve seen people make again and again with their renovations. Building mistakes are expensive and time consuming, so save yourself from wasting unnecessary time and money and avoid at all costs!
Being short sighted
When renovating, always think long term. Maybe you’ve just watched the ‘The Block’ and the idea of renovating just seems right. This is the moment to tell yourself to stop and rethink that thought. Don’t just renovate on impulse because just like that impulse handbag from David Jones (you know which one we’re talking about), you’ll regret later. Think of the purpose of your project and whether it is necessary e.g. can you just repair instead? Will it suit the changes of your lifestyle over the years? Click here for more information on how to kick-start your renovation.
Having a well thought out budget is crucial to the success of a renovation project. This includes knowing exactly how much you want to spend, and also having a contingency fund for unforeseeable circumstances. Renovating costs can accumulate quickly and often cause people to go over their intended budget. To avoid this, dissect your budget clearly, specifying how much exactly you want to spend on certain things and discuss with your builder.
Choosing the cheapest option
Opting for the cheapest option is not always the best thing to do. Always take into consideration quality and durability too. You don’t want to fall into the trap of being sucked into an item by the price tag, and then having to spend even more maintaining it. The same goes with choosing contractors! There are a lot of other factors that you need to consider – Do they have good reviews? Are they responsible? Do they have all the required licensing? Don’t let a ‘too good to be true’ price tag be the sole reason you decide on something. Whether it’s choosing a material or a contractor, whatever decision you’re making, be smart with your options. Evaluate its price tag along with the quality. Read reviews and seek professional advice and recommendations.
Not having a master plan
There are many circumstances that won’t allow you to renovate everything that you want at once, e.g. budget and time, and that’s okay. However, what you need to consider before deciding to renovate is to create an overall master plan. This may increase the time needed before your first project commences, however let us assure you that it is well worth doing. Master plans look at your property as a whole and specify the vision and action plan. They improve the processes of your projects and also ensures everything works together well and that there are no clashes.
Not including any personal touch
Trends are great to look at for inspiration when renovating. However, don’t forget what’s popular always changes. If you rely too much on trends, you may become unsatisfied when the next trend appears. Instead, choose timeless styles and accent with trendy touches. Also, don’t forget to inject your own personal touch to your project. At the end of the day, you need to enjoy the space, if not what’s the point of retouching it?