Biggest Renovation Mistakes People Make in Their Home


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Renovating your home is a great way to increase its value, and make your home your own. Whether you are looking to put your house on the market and make it more attractive to buyers, or you want to upgrade your living space, a renovation is an excellent project to embark on.

However, it is a big project that will take a lot of time, and cost a lot of money, so you want to make sure you do it right the first time. 

Here are some of the biggest renovation mistakes that people make in their homes, and how to avoid them.

#1 Underestimating costs 

Renovation costs are expensive. One of the biggest mistakes people make is attempting to work out the costs and underestimating what they will be. This can often be a result of a lack of research and knowledge in the beginning, or a range of issues that they were not able to foresee in the renovation journey. 

To help you avoid this mistake, you should first start with in-depth research about your desired renovation project. This should include everything you need to know about your property, any rules you need to follow or permits you need to obtain, the type of work you will need in each phase of the project, the cost of labor and materials, and much more. Once you have an idea of what your project will look like, it is important to speak to contractors so that you can obtain quotes and advice. This will help you create a more accurate estimation of costs and reduce the risk of having to pause your project or fork out more money later down the line. You should always have an emergency fund incorporated into your budget, to cover any unforeseeable problems.  

#2 Not choosing the right contractors

You must choose contractors to work on your home renovation project that you have faith in. If you choose the cheapest contractor or one that is not a good fit, your renovation could end up as a disaster.

Remember that when you choose a contractor to work with, they are going to be in charge of undertaking the labor and sourcing the products and materials, to bring your vision to life. If the contractor you choose is the lowest bid, then you have to question why they are so cheap. It’s not always a problem, but it is something you should be careful of. Sometimes the cost of the contractor is going to be a reflection of the quality of work. It is, therefore, more advisable to conduct research into the contractors and find a professional at a reasonable price. 

It is also important that you find a contractor that is the right fit for you. They might be good at what they do, but can they see your vision for your property? Are they good at communicating in your preferred method? Do they have the same aesthetic as you? Are they good at listening to your needs? Your renovation project is a big one, so you want to make sure you choose the right contractor, not someone who has their priorities in the wrong place. Take time to speak with your contractor before choosing them, make sure they fit your criteria and are a good fit for your project. 

#3 Missing the small details

Most renovation projects focus on making a statement. This includes making big changes such as replacing furniture, changing the color of the walls, and installing new flooring. However, the small details are often neglected. This is one of the biggest design mistakes, as the small details are the ones that will bring the room together and complete the look. This can be anything from fixtures and fittings to art and decor. Make sure you do your research and be meticulous about the small details. For example, you might wish to replace your old sink with a modern, touchless gooseneck bathroom faucet. This change will make a huge difference. Without focusing on the small details, the space won’t look polished or complete as it should. 

Make sure you think about all the small details in your initial design and planning. There may also be ones that you cannot plan until the end. If this is the case, make sure you leave time and budget for them at the end of the project.  

Renovation projects are extremely costly and time-consuming. Make sure you consider these biggest mistakes, to ensure you avoid them and have a successful renovation project.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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1 year ago

Many people make such a mistake as trying to do everything themselves. I like the idea of DIY, cause it helps save a lot of money. But it’s important to make sure you can handle it. There are some things better left to professionals. HVAC, plumbing, electrics. Being unexperienced, you can overlook some important things which can lead to big problems in future. 

1 year ago
Reply to  Polestar

Totally agree. Speaking of electrics, I want to give one example. Just an oversized breaker can result in a disastrous fire. Initially, the breaker may work fine and you may thing you did a great job. However, a fire can break out years later after additional demands overload the circuit.

1 year ago

I think the main problem is bad planning. There are so many useful smart home gadgets and technologies that you should also include in your renovation plan to make your home look better. For example, I installed a smart light switch from and it was a good decision

1 year ago

Thank you for sharing such good article! Many people try to save money when hiring a contractor, and get insufficiently qualified specialists. It is always worth checking the reviews and first of all pay attention to the contractor’s experience.

Happy Hiller
1 year ago

Great article! By the way, we have an article full of interesting budget-friendly renovation ideas: I hope your readers will find it helpful.

Tate Runolfsson
Tate Runolfsson
1 year ago

Making a plan for your home renovation before you start can save you time, money and headaches. If you know what you want to do in a room, it’s easier to decide what materials are best suited for the job and how much time you need to spend on each task. Visit this site best renovations. You can also avoid buying things that aren’t needed or will be disappointing once they arrive (like an expensive window treatment when there’s no one home).

1 year ago

That is why I also pay attention to the proper services and high-quality. To make a renovation on your own is really hard, that is why it is important to refer real professionals. So, is a really professional company where are working specialists who are ready to create a modern design and effective look.