Getting your dream home can range from a minor home renovation to a total overhaul, depending on the look and functionality you want. It’s a tedious and often expensive process, but the beauty and comfort of waiting at the end are totally worth it.
Having said this, home renovation isn’t something you should experiment on. If you’re totally new to home renovation, here are some common mistakes you should avoid:
Taking on the wrong project
Many people make the mistake of taking on cosmetic changes and putting major repairs in the back burner. Before you get any fancy upgrade, make sure that there are no damages hiding in plain sight. One effective way of telling a “need” apart from a “want” is by doing a comprehensive home improvement assessment to check for problem areas and opportunities for upgrade.
Buying materials without surveying your home
If you’re going the DIY route, make sure you’re buying the right materials – and the right amount. After deciding which renovation to tackle first, list down all the resources you will need including the tools you will rent. This can keep you from making impulse purchases and ensure that you’ve got everything you need from start to finish.
To get the right information on the construction materials you will need, you can enlist the help of a Chartered Building Surveyor.
Hiring amateur builders
As you probably already know, cheap quotes and subcontractors who are available to work immediately are just two of the things you should be wary of when hiring workers.
To make sure that you’re getting the best contractor for the job, ask for recommendations from your family and friends or book a site inspection. Showing your prospective contractor what needs to be done allows them to assess the situation, how much and how long it will probably take to complete the project.
This is the most common mistake when it comes to home improvement. To avoid or minimize overspending, draw up your budget by listing all tasks and materials that are needed and then follow it up with a survey of products and services. An ideal ceiling would be 20% atop your allotted budget. Home upgrades do not come cheap – make sure that it won’t mess up your finances.
Another way to go about it is to enquire about flexible payment schemes for major home improvements. At D Harrison, we are offering 0% interest finance for all contracts over £1000. Ask us how you can get your dream home improvement here.
Ignoring rules and regulations
Depending on your location and the type of home improvement you want, you will need to comply with the requirements of the law. Before undertaking any home improvement, make sure that you have checked with the local authority for any needed permission.
Settling for cheap materials
Sometimes you end up spending more by opting for low-quality materials that won’t last very long. A quality home improvement is a great investment. When choosing materials for home renovation, never substitute cheaper materials if it’s not a good fit.
- Traditional buildings do not go well with waterproof sealant or paint.
- Don’t use these materials if you’re living in a period home: stone cladding, roughcast, pebbledash, PVCu.
- Don’t substitute hard cement mixes with soft lime mortars.
Not following a floor plan
Sloppy design or no design at all can potentially ruin your home’s potential. Before taking on a major home improvement, consult with a licensed architect first or a trusted local contractor.