Five Home Renovation Mistakes You Need to Avoid

A home renovation project is something that you need to do because it fulfills you as a homeowner, It increases your house’s property value and makes it more saleable and most important of all, it modernizes your home.


Then again, even if your intentions for your home renovation are good, that does not mean that you can do nothing bad about it.

In fact, most homeowners make plenty of mistakes when it comes to renovating their houses, five of the most common and that you need to avoid you can find below.

Not Checking References

Sure, a contractor provided you with a list of references for you to check. However, that does not already mean that all of these references are legit. In fact, some of these may even be fake, which does not bode well for that contractor or for you if you decide to hire their services.

That in mind, you need to make sure that you call all of their references and ask all of them about the contractor, what they think about them, etc.

As a rule of thumb, ask for their suppliers as well, as they provide a valuable insight on the type of the quality of work that these contractors may have provided in the past.

Not Reading the Contract Thoroughly

The contract should stretch further than just a few numbers scrambled on a piece of paper. It should break down all of the costs, the rice of electrical, plumbing, exterior work, etc. As the client, you need to understand up to what extent the contractors are liable.

Not Checking the Permits

You need building permits for most renovation projects, especially for exterior ones. This is why, you need to make sure that you get your property surveyed properly and have a building permit for it.

Remember, while some contractors may work with you, even if you have no building permit, not having a building permit puts you in some serious problems with the law.

Not Getting Insurance

Sure, insurance means you have to spend more. However, the value of your home will increase tremendously if you decide to go and buy that insurance and more importantly, if something happens during the renovation, you may want to know as to what extent you are insured and what you may only need to spend.

Not Budgeting Properly

Yes, in a home renovation, you may only want to invest money on the big things, such as the kitchen itself, the garage, etc. However, failing to aside money for the smaller things, such as cabinet hardware, doorknobs that fit your new doors, window treatments, etc, may haunt you in the end and may be the one reason why you go over the budget.

True, you may still make a few mistakes if you start your own home renovation project right now. However, there is also the truth that even when you do, the mistakes you make will not be as grave as these five above and will likely have less impact on the overall results of the renovation.