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Top 10 Home Renovation Mistakes

Top Home Renovation Mistakes

Completing renovations on your home can be really exciting: you get to pick out new fixtures and appliances, new paint colours and potentially all new furniture. In order to get the maximum return on your investment, it’s important to make sure you avoid these 10 home renovation mistakes.

1. Incorrectly Measuring for Cabinets

This is one of the most common mistakes made: people order new cabinets and have them installed only to realize the appliances they also ordered don’t fit where they should. To avoid this, you should print out the specifications for the appliances you have ordered or are going to use, and bring them with you when ordering cabinets. The company or contractor can ensure everything will fit as it should.

2. Going with the Lowest Priced Contractor

The lowest quote you receive doesn’t mean the work will be comparable with the highest bidding contractor; this is an area you shouldn’t cut corners on, especially if it includes plumbing or electrical. Choose the best you can within your budget.

3. Underestimating your Budget

There will almost always be surprises, especially if you’re completing major renovations or completely overhauling a room. It’s important to keep a contingency for that situation.

4. Being Dead Set on Granite Counters

It is a popular option, but don’t forget that it isn’t the only option for kitchen counters. By selecting a different material, you might be able to save some money in this area and still achieve your desired end result.

5. Not Changing a Room’s Layout

Moving appliances and fixtures isn’t as much work as you might think. Don’t live with an awkward setup you don’t like – move the toilet, sink or shower and make it work for you.

6. Picking the Wrong Floors

Most people assume they want hardwood floors, but that doesn’t mean they will suit your lifestyle. Make sure you select the type of flooring that’s right for you; hardwood is popular, but that doesn’t mean it’s best for you.

7. Choosing a Kitchen that is Too Trendy

Renovations are pricey, and the bolder your design, the more quickly it will be out of style. The kitchen is an expensive area to change up every couple of years when something new comes in, so keep that in mind when selecting finishes and appliances.

8. Cutting Corners on Things you can’t see

If you’re renovating a bathroom, things like a floor membrane to keep tiles from popping are a great investment, but they aren’t cheap. This kind of investment can guarantee you don’t have problems with mold down the road, so keep in mind that just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t important.

9. Forgetting about the Drain in the Laundry Room

Technically, by code, the laundry room has to have a drain. If the hose ever breaks or slips, you could flood your entire house. This one drain, which hooks into your home’s main drain system, will help avoid that. This, though, will need a plumber to make sure all of the water exits the house and doesn’t end up coming up through another faucet.

10. Ordering just Enough Flooring

It’s highly recommended to order 20% extra of your flooring material just in case you measure incorrectly or if there’s some waste. Flooring can get expensive, so many people will order just enough to get them by. While companies usually carry regular inventory, there’s always a chance you won’t be able to get your exact flooring should you need more. When placing the order, include the extra; you won’t regret it.

Now that you know what NOT to do, check out our blog section and read up on what the pro home renovators recommend doing.