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  • Writer's pictureAlyce Lopez

DON'T MAKE THESE 3 RENOVATION MISTAKES

I love a good home renovation and I know you do too! There's nothing more exciting as a homeowner than demo day-Am I right? Renovating your home can be a rewarding experience. However, it's essential to proceed with caution and avoid common pitfalls that can turn your dream project into a nightmare. We want your remodeling experience to be enjoyable!  Let's talk through 3 of the most common renovation mistakes we see in our industry and how to avoid them.


1. STARTING DEMO & CONSTRUCTION WITHOUT PLANS



One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when renovating their homes is jumping into demolition and construction without a clear and detailed plan in place. While it may be tempting to start tearing down walls and ripping out fixtures right away, doing so without a solid plan can lead to costly mistakes and delays down the line. The pre-construction phase is just as important as construction. Before you pick up a sledgehammer, take the time to work with design professionals to create a

comprehensive renovation plan. This plan should outline the scope of the project, including structural changes, material selections, and an estimated timeline for completion. By starting with a well-thought-out plan, you can ensure that your renovation stays on track and within budget.


2. PAINTING AND INSTALLING FLOORING FIRST



Another common renovation mistake is selecting paint colors and flooring materials before making other crucial design decisions. Making selections can feel overwhelming as a homeowner. It's not uncommon to want to select flooring and paint as these seem like "easier" decisions. While paint and flooring are essential elements of any renovation, they should be chosen in conjunction with other design elements, such as cabinetry, countertops, and fixtures. By selecting paint and flooring first, you risk limiting your design options and creating a disjointed look in your home. Installing new floors early in the construction process can create problems with cabinetry installation, floor plan changes, flooring transitions and more. Instead, focus on choosing foundational elements like cabinetry, appliances and plumbing before finalizing paint colors and flooring materials. This approach will help you create a cohesive and beautiful design that flows seamlessly throughout your space.


3. EXHAUSTING YOUR BUDGET ON CONSTRUCTION



It's easy to get carried away with the excitement of a renovation project and overspend on remodeling without considering the cost of furnishings and decor. While investing in high-quality materials and finishes is essential, it's crucial to budget wisely and allocate funds for furnishings and decor to complete the look of your newly renovated space. I would argue that furnishings have a larger impact on how a space makes you feel than any form of remodeling. You can have a beautiful shell, but if you haven't consider the floor plan of your living spaces and made appropriate selections, you're left with a cold and empty space. To avoid this mistake, create an estimated budget that includes not only the cost of renovation materials and labor but also funds for furnishings, decor, and any unexpected expenses that may arise during the project. By planning ahead and prioritizing your spending, you can ensure that you have enough money left over to furnish and decorate your space once the renovation is complete.


Let's recap, renovating your home can be a rewarding experience, but it's crucial to approach the project with careful planning and consideration. By avoiding these three common renovation mistakes, you can ensure that your project runs smoothly and timely, stays within budget, and results in a beautifully renovated space that you can enjoy for many years to come.


Ready to renovate with The True House? Head to our services page to book a complimentary discovery call or email us at hello@thetruehouse.com for more details about working with us!

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