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The Biggest Renovation Mistakes Homeowners Make

Posted October 18, 2019 by Vicki Radford

When you are a homeowner, there will come a point in time where you decide whether to move house or improve where you are. And if you are happy with where you are, and the added costs that come from moving house, often the choice can be to stay where you are, but improve and renovate instead. Whether you are in for a complete renovation of the home or you are just looking to redecorate, then there is a lot of planning that has to go into it all. But it can be tempting to rush in and unfortunately that doesn’t always go down that well. So here are some of the most common blunders that homeowners tend to make, then you can make sure that you do all that you can to avoid them.

Starting renovations too soon

If it is possible, then it is a good idea to live in your home for a little while as it is, before you make any plans to overhaul it all. You’ll want to know where the little quirks are in the home, and how you want the room to be. If you’ve lived there for a while, then you are likely to know it all already. You just need to know if there are any sticking points before you get going with things. 

Underestimating costs

A lot of the jobs that will tend to cost more and even take a little longer than you expect. So it is a good idea to always add twenty percent to what you are planning for, just in case problems come up and things cost more. You don’t want to run it all tightly and then not have enough money left over to finish the job. So expect a little extra and then you will be able to plan well and get the job done well.  

Not hiring a designer from the start

If you are just planning to redecorate the home, then you might not need to have a designer to help you. But if you are planning to do a little more with home or some major renovations, then this isn’t the kind of thing that you should just attempt to do yourself. You might be able to do some of the work yourself, but getting in a designer or a company like Elpor to help you with your plans, extensions or outdoor renovation, can mean that things get off on the right foot. It is better to do it right from the start, rather than be paying for mistakes later down the line. 

Not asking enough questions

On a similar note, if you have a designer, architect, or company in to help you to design things, then you need to make sure that you are asking lots of questions. There is no such things as a stupid question, because if it is bothering you or you’re not sure of it, then it is such a good idea to clear things up. Otherwise it could lead to confusion, or even frustration, later down the line. 

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