5 Common Mistakes People Make While Renovating Their House

Atmaj Vyas , 26 Mar 2018
Renovating (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Renovating (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

Renovating your house can be a pretty chaotic thing. While the end result is always worth it, getting till there can be a bit of a bumpy ride. Sometimes, you end up with something completely different from what you had in mind. After all the efforts and money you’ve spent, you have to be satisfied with something you clearly aren’t content with. So what actually went wrong? Here are 5 extremely common mistakes people tend to make.

1. No Plan

It all starts with a plan! Well, mostly. Many times, people tend to skip the most important part, which is the planning phase. While it’s good to be spontaneous, it’s nothing something you should try with renovating your house. Sit down, chalk out a proper plan from start to finish, which includes every small detail. This allows you to make a checklist of things and also get a better perspective of how you’re going to go about ticking them off. You should always start with your core idea and then expand on that.

2. Rushing Into It

Another common mistake people make is that they rush into the whole process. It’s fine to be impatient but remember, you have to live there. Don’t rush into things. In a hurry to get things done, you might end up overlooking some really important details. Take your time to figure out and compare things like prices, colours, etc. You don’t want to end up with a house that looks weird and has things falling apart a month after renovations.

3. Hiring Someone

Other than planning, hiring the contractors, designers, etc. is another important thing. While we don’t expect you to go overboard on the spending, it pays to do a quick background check on whoever you’re hiring. References are usually a good place to start with since you know the person has already been tested. Find someone who compliments your style and doesn’t force their own style upon you. Remember, it’s your house, so the final decision is yours!

4. Trying To Be Too Trendy

While there is nothing wrong with being up to date with the latest trends, you need to be careful to not overdo it. A lot of times, people try to cram all the latest stuff and designs into their house. What you end up with is a super high-tech space with no real value or taste. A little bit of vintage never killed anybody. Remember, the idea is to make it a home. So while the trendy stuff is cool, limit it down and try to find that perfect balance. Sometimes, it’s the smallest elements that add the biggest value.

5. Budgets

Often times, we come across the term “unforeseen expenses” and that tends to usually be the case while renovating your house. While setting a budget for everything you plan on doing is the best practice, it is also important for you to realise that not everything may be perfect. You may want to change or discard something and that costs money too! After you plan out your budget, put a little extra aside for a rainy day. This will lead to a lesser headache if something actually goes wrong. Many times, the entire process of renovating gets stuck simply because you weren’t prepared for additional expenses.

Take your time to plan such things out and never be in a hurry. The faster you try to go, the more the chances are that you’ll goof up. If you’re lost or confused about something, as for another opinion, don’t just overlook it. It’s your house and you need to make sure it looks the best it can!

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