1. Out With the Old
A common mistake that people make when updating their homes is to remove the original fixtures.
Now, that might sound strange, given that sounds like the whole point of home renovation in the first place. You often need to remove older fixtures to make way for new ones. However, in most cases, updating your home shouldn’t require changing your fixtures around too much.
Changing the original fixtures in your home is a difficult job, to say the least. It often requires reworking your piping and electrical setup, meaning you have to hire a specialist. Even worse, all of that major reworking will quickly escalate the scale of your renovation project exponentially.
So, with that in mind, really think about how you’re going to treat your fixtures and how much value that sort of change is likely to bring to your home.
2. Money, It’s a Gas
If there’s one problem every project faces, it’s budgeting. Budgeting is a core skill that everyone should know. Yet somehow, when it comes to renovations, everyone’s budget seems to wildly spiral out of control!
The best way to deal with this problem is to make sure your budget is water-tight and can, from top to bottom, account for everything you’re likely to encounter. Then, once you’re done doing that, add another 20% of extra funds to your budget to make sure you can cover anything unexpected, which will happen.
It’s crucial to stick to your budget and make sure you’re not increasing the size of your project. However, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the cheapest option when available.
It’s common sense that often, the cheaper materials available are also lower in quality. But, unfortunately, that lower quality of the product can mean that, more often than not, you’re not going to get the same longevity from your materials as you’d probably hope.
So, when budgeting, make sure you’re choosing suitable materials with the sort of quality that maximizes their longevity and ensures that you don’t have to make further repairs down the line when you’re done.