Every renovation starts with the best of intentions. For most homeowners, it’s a fine balance between adding value to their properties, but also making their living spaces reflect who they are while being enjoyable to live in. However, far too many homeowners still buckle under common yet easily avoidable renovation mistakes. You don’t have to perpetuate the cycle.
Instead, you can learn from other people’s mistakes and make better choices. Every renovation is unique, and while you can’t swap someone else’s plans for yours, you can still apply universal principles to bolster the success of your own. Let’s take a closer look at some common renovation mistakes to avoid.
Buying Into A Trend
It’s far too easy to pursue the latest design or interior décor trend, only to be stuck with something that used to be trendy but isn’t anymore. This is an important urge to resist. Trends change, and if you spend thousands on making a room reflect the very latest design trend that doesn’t even speak to your soul, you will end up having to live in an outdated space that doesn’t reflect your taste.
Rather choose something because it speaks to who you are and reflects your taste. You’ll be thankful you did even when the next trend moves into fashion. It’s worth learning from others’ mistakes.
Forgetting To Read The Fine Print
Take the time to read the entire agreement that you sign with your renovator. This is the time to make sure that everything that has been promised to you verbally, is reflected in writing. It just keeps everyone honest and removes any room for ambiguity. Always ask the questions about what it is you need and ensure that you are happy with the agreements before you proceed.
If there is anything that you are unsure of, then ask before papers are signed and work begins.
Painting Rooms Before Buying Furniture
This might seem like an obvious one, but many people fall for the allure of painting a bedroom before picking out the bedding. The same goes for a living area and the sofas and large items of furniture. Avoid mistakes or mismatches and save yourself a lot of hassle and money. If you’re painting a bedroom, or any room for that matter, it’s best to decide on the hues for the textiles before deciding on the paint colour.
Focussing On Appearance Before On Function
Too often, home owners focus on how a room looks instead of how it’s supposed to function. Remember that this is your home and you want to be comfortable in it. If your kitchen is not user-friendly, you won’t want to cook in it. If your living room has uncomfortable (albeit fancy looking) furniture in it, you won’t want to sit in it. You can find a balance between what’s aesthetically pleasing and functional, which is the ultimate win!
Renovating On The Cheap
There’s a difference between cheap and affordable. Cheap is going to break in a few weeks or months, whereas affordable is quality that comes at a good price. While we all want to cut costs when renovating, don’t do it at the expense of your end-goal. You want to be able to enjoy your renovations for as long as possible without a roof caving in over your head or a stairwell breaking.
Home renovation should be fun! It should also be something that you look forward to. If you plan carefully then it will be an adventure that brings you joy every step of the way.
Louis Stevens can often be found trawling the internet for interesting reads on renovations and home improvement. He writes for South African business such as The Bolton Rosebank Apartments and Arambrook Boutique Hotel in Cape Town. These two clients alone have him keeping well up to date with everything on real estate and interior décor! When not writing, Louis loves reading about writing.