Six Renovation Lessons You Don’t Have to Learn the Hard Way

Six Renovation Lessons You Don't Have to Learn the Hard Way

When it comes to home renovation, there are a lot of things you need to take into account. However, even if you have a strong DIY spirit, there are bound to be some mistakes you make. In this article, we’ll be going over 6 lessons that will help you avoid making costly mistakes when renovating your home. From choosing the right contractor to budgeting properly, these tips will have you on the right track and making smart choices for your wallet.


1. Plan your renovation carefully

When planning a renovation, it is important to think about every detail, including how much work you want to do yourself versus how much you want to hire professionals for? What kind of materials do you want to use and what’s your budget?

It is also important to plan the timeline for the renovation. If you are doing most of the work yourself, you need to allow enough time for the project. If you’re hiring professionals, they will need time to schedule the work.

Be sure to also plan for any disruptions that may occur. If your family needs to live in the house during the renovation, make sure there is a place for them to stay. If you are living in another part of the house during the renovation, be sure to have a backup plan in case of unexpected delays.

2. Get permits if required

Renovating your home can be a great way to improve its appearance and increase its value, but it’s important to make sure you plan ahead and get the necessary permits if required. Failing to do so can result in fines, additional costs, or even having to stop the renovation altogether.

To find out whether or not you need a permit for your renovation project, contact your local planning department. They will be able to tell you what types of projects require permits and provide you with the application form.

The application process can be time-consuming, so start early to avoid any delays. Make sure you have all the required documents and information ready, including detailed drawings of the proposed renovation. The planning department will review your application and may request a meeting with you to discuss your plans in more detail.


3. Don’t get too trendy

Renovation and decorating trends come and go. While it can be tempting to jump on the latest bandwagon, it’s often a better idea to avoid them altogether. Why? Because trends are often expensive and don’t always stand the test of time. A better strategy is to plan your renovation or decorating project carefully, taking into account your own personal taste and what will look good in your home for years to come. There are plenty of timeless design classics that will never go out of style, so focus on those when planning your project. And if you do decide to go with a trend, choose one that is affordable and relatively easy to change if you get tired of it. That way, you can enjoy your trendy new look for a while without having to spend a lot of time or money on it.

4. Have a realistic budget

One of the most important steps in renovating your home is creating and following a realistic budget. Whether you are doing the work yourself or hiring a contractor, it is important to have an accurate estimate of the cost of the work. This will help you set a realistic budget. Keep in mind, that it’s always good to have a 10-20 percent cushion for unforeseen expenses. (And take it from us, there are always unforeseen expenses.)

Besides the materials and labor, remember to take into account permits and inspections. You may also need to account for demolitions and dumpster rental as well. It is also important to be flexible with your budget. Unexpected problems can arise during a renovation project, so be prepared to adjust your budget as needed. Stay on top of your spending and make sure you are not overspending on unnecessary items.

5. Choose the right contractor

When it comes time for a renovation project, many homeowners feel overwhelmed. There are so many details to consider and one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing a contractor. A good contractor will be able to help you plan your renovation and guide you through the process. They will also be able to give you an accurate estimate of how much the project will cost. To find a good contractor, ask friends and family for referrals, or do a search online. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, interview several contractors and ask them questions about their experience, their approach to renovations, and their rates. Be sure to get written estimates from each contractor before making a decision.

6. Plan for mess and disruption

Renovations are never a clean, quiet, or easy process. If you plan on living in the house during the renovation, prepare for disruption to your daily life as workers come and go, loud tools are being used, and dust and debris pile up. If you have small children or pets, it may be a good idea to find a friend or family member who can watch them during the renovation. You may also want to consider putting up temporary walls or barriers to create some separation between the work area and your living space.

Money-Saving Renovation Options

If you’re diving into a renovation because you think your house needs it in order to sell, think again! Did you know we buy houses in as-is condition? That means we don’t mind if the kitchen hasn’t been updated since the house was first built. We also don’t mind out-of-style carpets or paint colors. 

By selling to a cash buyer like us, you not only avoid costly renovation projects, but you’ll shave months off your selling timeline by not having to complete the work before you sell. We’d love to give you a cash offer before you take on the work, stress, and mess of a renovation! Contact us today for a competitive offer, and no agent commissions.