Undergoing a home renovation is an exciting time, whether it is a full gutting or a bit of redecorating and a spruce up, there is a lot to the process. Before you get started you might want to know some of the simple mistakes people often make, so you know how to avoid them.
Starting Too Soon
Once you move into a property you should live in it for a while before you make any solid plans about the renovation. Work out how the property flows, what features you like and which ones you don’t like so much, where the best light is and where it might be dark. You can then take all these aspect into account when you design the home renovation, making sure you get the most out of the property and its characteristics.
Not Hiring a Designer from the Start
Home renovation is never going to be a cheap task, it is likely to be one of the biggest expenses of your lifetime, so you might as well do it correctly. Hiring the help of interior designers and architects means you will get a plan that is realistic and achievable and is going to comply with any governmental regulations.
Not Consult a General Contractor
You should also ask a contractor to look at the design plans, this will give you an idea of whether the plan is in the right ballpark for your budget. It is a good idea to do this early on in the design stage, as you don’t want to fall in love with a home renovation design and then be told it is not possible.
Making too Many Changes Along the Way
Changes that, to you, may seem simple and easy will probably require a lot of work behind the scenes, even if it is only a minor adjustment. For example, moving a light switch a few feet away from the original plan can cost up to £1000 because of the rearranging that has to be done.
Not Thinking About the Outside
Maybe it isn’t as easy to get excited about gutters and roofing as it is about kitchen tiles and chandeliers. But if the outside isn’t built well it won’t protect the inside. If you have the option, always start on the outside of your home renovation before you start the inside. There is no point laying a new carpet if there is a hole in the roof tiles and they are going to leak and ruin it.
Trying to Do too Much of the Work Yourself
Aside from their abundance of experience with construction, materials and suppliers, general contractors also offer accountability. If anything goes wrong, it is their responsibility to fix it. Whereas, if you try completing what you think are the smaller parts of the home renovation job, and something goes wrong, you will be stuck trying to rectify it. Or, you will have to then hire the help of a contractor and may end up spending more money than you would have in the first place.
The key to a successful home renovation is not limited to these tips above, there is much more advise to follow and you should make sure you really do your research before undertaking the project. Get a good plan together, but don’t be so rigid that you cannot alter this.