Don’t Make These 10 Worst Renovation Mistakes!

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  • 3 years ago

Along the road to any home renovation project, you are bound to hit some bumps and unexpected twists and turns. Some things in the renovation world you can anticipate, but others you can’t. If you want to stay on budget and not get in over your head, then you have to stay away from making these 10 worst renovation mistakes that can cost you big time.


Not measuring for cabinets correctly

One of the costliest and biggest mistakes that you can make is to mismeasure for cabinets. There is nothing worse than receiving your cabinets to realize that they don’t fit in the space or that the refrigerator doesn’t have enough room. Avoid mismeasuring by measuring ten times but only cutting once. Make sure that you have the exact specs for any appliance that you are using to verify that everything will fit.

Don’t go with the cheapest contractor

Although it is tempting to go with the cheapest contractor, unfortunately, you normally get what you pay for. Some contractors will give estimates that are much cheaper and then add all sorts of additional charges that weren’t initially included. Make sure that before you hire any contractor, you go over the contract thoroughly to check for any exclusions or things that aren’t included that can become up-charges.

Underestimating the budget

Many renovators lowball how much things cost and end up getting stung by going over budget. If you are renovating, it is always best to pad your budget for those unexpected things that can arise. To be safe, add 15% to your total estimate.

Insist on Granite

Granite has an excellent reputation, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the right choice for you. There are a plethora of other countertop materials to choose from, so check out cheaper alternatives that look just as nice.

Don’t fear layout changes

Changing a sink, shower or toilet room isn’t that big of a deal. Don’t be afraid to veer from the plan by worrying that you’ll end up with an awkward room. If you are going to renovate, make sure that it is what you want, or you aren’t going to be happy.

Believe hardwood floors are a must

At times hardwood floors simply aren’t conducive or realistic. If you put hardwood floors in areas that experience a lot of moisture, you are setting up a recipe for disaster. For areas like bathrooms, kitchens, or entryways, consider materials that are more durable and less expensive to set and maintain.

Don’t date your kitchen

Try to choose materials that will stand the test of time instead of those that are super-trendy right now. If you use “trendy” materials, anyone walking into your home will be able to date when you renovated, and it will appear older than its time.

Don’t skimp on those things that aren’t visible

Structural integrity is a necessary evil. Just because you can’t see it, that does not mean that it doesn’t require the hefty cost to do it right. Those things that you can’t see are often the most integral to your home renovations, so don’t cheap out on the things that are most important — even if you can’t see them.

Every laundry room should have a floor drain

If your laundry machine overflows, that can come with a huge price tag. If possible, make sure to add a drain in the floor of your laundry room, just in case. It is always better to anticipate for the worst than to clean up after the worst has happened.

 Always order extra

If you are doing custom flooring or tiling, make sure to order extra. If cuts are made wrong or someone underestimates, then you will be left with differing lots of materials. That might not sound like a terrible thing but the variations in lots can be quite substantial, and leave you with tiling that looks awkward or a floor that doesn’t have uniform coloring.

If you are doing a home renovation, make sure not to underestimate, over-order, or mismeasure. Those little mistakes that you make can add up to huge expense and have the potential to run your budget way overboard. Take the time to plan right and spend money on the little extras, so that you don’t end up with huge fixes.