Renovation Faux Pas: Four Common Mistakes New Homeowners Commit in Home Renovation Projects


“Renovating old homes is not about making them look new. It is about making new unnecessary.” -Ty McBride


There is a myriad of things that prompt a renovation or a home upgrade.

Apart from being a paramount aspect of maintaining a home’s integrity, it also serves both aesthetic and functional purposes. Similarly, you might wish to customize a home to make it feel like it is truly your own. Whatever your reasons might be, home renovations are an inevitable undertaking each homeowner must go through in their life at home. Unfortunately, while the prospect of customizing a home to fit our needs and better suit our lifestyle might be something we would all likely look forward to, effecting a renovation plan is not exactly as easy and straightforward as we wish it to be.

For one, there is a variety of factors at play. From securing the right documents to ensuring you have an adequate budget, just planning one can seem a tad overwhelming. Home renovation projects involve more than just engendering a project plan and drafting a budget to suit it. To some, this might actually pose more of a challenge than necessary. After all, there is a lot more to designing a property than what meets the eye. So, regardless of whether you are simply planning a home upgrade or are trying to redecorate your condo for sale in Quezon City or elsewhere, having an awareness of where previous homeowners committed mistakes can be greatly helpful in your own home improvement endeavor.

Here are some of the mistakes you should avoid:


1.)   Starting renovations too soon

If you just bought a home, it is best if you lived in it for a while before electing to do any renovations–especially if you are considering a major overhaul. More often than not, renovations are unnecessary in a newly built home and you would only be constrained to doing them because you wish to customize them as your own. However, have a sense of its soul before deciding on doing any major work. Know its flow, check where your groceries land and how the sun illuminates your space. Similarly, you should also survey your surroundings for potential problem areas. Taking a gander of your space would enable you to make more informed choices when you do intend to change things up a bit. In this regard, not only would your renovation work be more practical and effective, but cost-effective as well.

2.) Underestimating costs

While you should ideally have a budget for whatever renovation you might plan, always account for twenty percent more of that to ensure you have enough legroom should there be any hiccups along the way. Take note: Most renovation projects would take longer than one expects, so always account for that in budgeting for it. If you think you do not have sufficient funds for the project, scale down on the renovation work and if you are amenable to it, do it phase by phase in lieu of lumping it all together.

3.) Refusing to hire a designer

Sure, you might want to cut down on costs and expenses. As a designer can relatively bloat up your projected renovation expense, you might think that you are taking the more practical approach by refusing to work with one. Admittedly, the cost of hiring a designer or architect can significantly contribute to an increased projected expense, but it would be worth your while to hire one from the very start. However, hiring a professional makes all the difference between results you can be satisfied with and a bungled job you would have to do over again. Know that going with one will always be worth the investment.

4.) Expecting everything to go according to plan

When it comes to home renovation projects, always make room for error. Sure, if we are operating on a strict budget, it is understandable to wish for everything to go according to plan. However, this is not realistic and can only lead to frustrations and disappointments. Always allow for a little wiggle room when renovating a home. After all, this is what contingency plans are for. Moreover, you might be presented with circumstances wherein some things might not just go according to plan–especially if you are living on an older building which can yield a lot of fortuitous and unforeseen events. You cannot expect newer buildings to be any better as you can never be too prepared. In this regard, it is best to at least brace yourself for the unexpected. It will lead to fewer disappointments.


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