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Mistakes Homeowners Make During Renovations

HomeInsightsMistakes Homeowners Make During Renovations

Renovating your home is a great opportunity to make it into what you want and increase the property’s value. However, you can’t go into renovations without knowing what you’re doing. Many homeowners make mistakes that can cost them a lot.  

Not Properly Budgeting

When you renovate, you need to set a budget. It is far too easy for you to spend more money than you originally intended if you don’t set a budget. You could land yourself in debt or at least some financial trouble. Additionally, without a budget and a plan it’s easier for you to take on more renovations than you can actually handle. To create your budget, you should decide what projects/updates are your main priority and focus on paying for those. This will also help to keep you on track with projects so you don’t get distracted. Next, you need to make a detailed plan for what materials you will need and how you will pay for everything. In general, it’s a good idea to give yourself a little extra wiggle room in your budget. Projects tend to cost more than you originally expect.

Being Cheap

In response to budgeting, a lot of homeowners will compensate by purchasing cheaper materials. They think that in doing so they are saving money. However, this is not the case. Cheaper materials simply don’t last as long. They quickly become scratched, dented, and damaged and you’ll need to replace them or perform constant maintenance. This will end up costing you more than if you had bought more expensive materials. Quality materials are expensive because they are more durable and long-lasting. It’s much better to spend money on your materials. Metal roofing may cost $2,000 more, but you’ll see more savings over the long-term. You won’t need to replace a metal roof as soon and there will be less maintenance required.

As you look for ideas for renovations, you might find lots of trends in styles, décor, etc. In most cases, you should avoid any trends. They often don’t last very long and your home can quickly become dated. If you don’t have the resources to renovate regularly, then avoid trends. Otherwise, you spend a lot of money on something that won’t be trendy for long. When renovating, focus on classic, timeless styles that will look good for 5-7 years.

When you renovate, you want to make sure you do it right. You spend a lot of money on your renovations and they should be worth it in the end. Make sure you are aware of common mistakes, so you can avoid them in your home.  

Check out these 6 best renovations to add value to your home!

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