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Renovating Your Home? Here's How You Could Avoid Common Mistakes

Renovating Your Home? Here's How You Could Avoid Common Mistakes

Renovating Your Home? Here's How You Could Avoid Common Mistakes
Factors such as change of mind, design alteration and missing out on items from initial budget list also impact your total renovation cost. (Dreamstime)

Renovations are done to give a home the much-needed makeover and upgrade. Like you are cautious while buying a home, you should be equally cautious when it comes to renovation. There are some common mistakes that home owners make when renovating.

MakaanIQ lists a few common renovation mistakes that you should avoid:

Do not rush

Renovating a home requires a proper plan and research. So, as you get ready to revamp your home, develop a plan, set a budget and then work on it.

Also, assess the property's potential for certain high-intensity renovations.

Do not underestimate the costs

Renovation costs more than you anticipate while planning. It is due to various requirements or rework that pop up during the process.

Factors such as change of mind, design alteration and missing out on items from initial budget list also impact your total renovation cost.

Set a final budget with some room for unforeseen expenses. Set aside at least 20-25 per cent of the total project cost before the process begins.  

Do not overspend

When renovating, you would want good quality materials should be used. But don't just blow off your budget to get the best. Do not compromise on quality but don't go luxurious with fixtures and finishes, too. While setting your budget, break it down into separate elements from building expenses, products and labour costs.

Apply right measurements

Incorrect measurements can be one of the costliest mistakes in the process of renovation. Half an inch of glitch could derail the entire plan for fixtures and fittings.

Measure the appliances multiple times to be sure about the exact size and then compare it to the cabinet plans.

As they say 'measure twice but cut once'.

Do it yourself, only if you can

Do-it-yourself (DIY) is a running trend and it is good to exhibit your creative streak. But don't go overboard and plan to undertake a work that doesn't require much of your time and skills.

You could end up slowing the entire process and a failed DIY could cost you heavily, too.

Last Updated: Thu Mar 02 2017

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