Renovation mistakes? Learn to avoid them!
We all make mistakes, but let’s learn to avoid them when renovating. If you’re considering renovating, whether be to ‘flip’ a place, or enjoy it for yourself, here’s a list of top renovation mistakes to avoid. Don’t renovate until you have a plan! Let’s take for example a bathroom renovation and a split decision […]
We all make mistakes, but let’s learn to avoid them when renovating.
If you’re considering renovating, whether be to ‘flip’ a place, or enjoy it for yourself, here’s a list of top renovation mistakes to avoid.
Don’t renovate until you have a plan!
Let’s take for example a bathroom renovation and a split decision to remove a wall or the sink, but not having the expertise or budget to complete it. So you can remain wall-less or sink-less for months. That’s why you never should start renovation without a plan.
Not enough planning
The easiest way to get yourself into a pickle is to go in with no idea what you’re doing, or what’s going on around you. You can help yourself by putting a bit of time and effort into understanding what it is you want to achieve and working out the end-to-end plan of how you’re going to get there. Think about sequencing, your timeline and budget.
It’s also wise to have an in-depth renovation checklist, which will help you stay focused on what exactly you need to get done, at what stage and also at what cost.
Be aware of the rules and regulations
Check regulations with your local council (including here the times you can get noisy) and check what tasks require a license. Local council planning approvals and application fees are required for certain things. You may need to use a council building inspector or independent building inspector.
Unrealistic living arrangements
If you’re already living in the place you’re renovating, you may want to consider temporary accommodation while the work goes on. Renovating can be really stressful and really draining, and on top of that, having a messy, dirty place with little to no privacy might end up being the last straw.
Not enough wiggle room in the budget
One of the highest renovation mistakes that almost everyone seems to make is blowing the budget. To avoid budget blow out, talk to professionals, tradespeople and people who have renovated before, prior to commencing work.
Research the work that you’re about to be doing and try to take a look at every possible expected and unexpected expense you would possibly encounter. Put contingency funds aside that aren’t ‘part of your budget’ so when you find a termite nest, you’ve got some spare money lying around to resolve the case and move on.
If you’re going to hire a contractor to do the work for you, please keep in mind:
Don’t go with the first tradesman you meet – get three or more quotes for all trades
Take a look at the review quality of their previous work
Know exactly who is doing the job
Make sure they’re licensed as required
Ask details about what is and isn’t included in quotes
Sort the contract out properly – have stages upon which payment is made and negotiate time damages in the contract prior to commencing construction