It always starts with a first step. Sometimes with that inspirational interior you saw on Pinterest, with Instagram’s before and after stories or maybe with your neighbour who just renovated their basement and terrace. No matter if you are planning a concrete renovation, house extension or just want to refresh some parts of your home, it is essential to know of the mistakes others made before. Minding your time, effort and money, here are some tips to help you out!
How to avoid common renovation mistakes?
First of all, set a budget that corresponds with your vision and do proper research to ensure that it is realistic. Sometimes it is about choosing a cheaper brand which you might only find after visiting one extra store or spending a few more hours researching online. In the beginning of your new space project, read thematic forums, join Facebook groups where knowledgeable people can give you some advice. You can talk with people who dealt with the same dilemmas, get inspired with projects which you might not have seen or thought about before, and learn from others’ experiences. If you want to consult a professional, it can be easier through Facebook too. Simply search location-wise, e.g. “building contractor East Sussex” and not only will companies pop up, but their projects will too, along with clients’ coverage and reviews so it gets easier to find the best fit for you. It is necessary to mention that often a meeting with an expert can save you from wasting money on unpractical solutions. Sometimes our ideas do not serve the space well and a building professional can not only save you money, helping you to stay in budget with the best possible materials, but they can also help you stay away from frustrations.
If we speak about money, we suggest not to go for low-quality products or low cost on important services which are worth the extra penny. For example, pre-renovating space protection, solid wall foundation, eliminating problems like dampness properly, or wood impregnation are some crucial procedures that should not be done the cheapest way possible. Low-quality materials can turn the anticipated results in a disaster. As a homeowner, you need to prepare yourself mentally that sometimes things do not go according to plan. Roadblocks might happen so too will unexpected expenses. For this reason, it is a smart idea to leave 10-15% extra in the budget for any unanticipated setbacks. If you are one of the lucky ones and everything goes smoothly, you can spend it later on more fancy decor!
Lastly, do not fall into the latest trends trap. Not everything was designed to serve every space. Similarly, some rooms need that special, customized touch instead of a copy-paste Pinterest fad. Choosing a timeless design over trendy ones can save you in the long run from rearranging the space again. It is important to keep in mind which materials are more practical for your family (including pets!). Being too trend-focused might mean that you forget about the durability of particular fabrics or surfaces. Prioritizing design over function rarely turns out to be the right move. With remodeling your home, the more you know, the more you save. Do you have experience with renovation mistakes? Please do let us know or contact us if you have any questions.