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Renovating a home can be an exciting time. A new design can really make an existing home look brand new, and there are many elements in the renovation process. There are also mishaps that can occur, so it’s important to steer clear of common renovation mistakes, so that you can get the most out of your project and the finished product. From slight remodels, like a fresh coat of paint and new appliances to more serious upgrades, such as floorplan and layout changes, renovations come in many shapes and sizes. Here are some of the top renovation mishaps and how to avoid them.

Not Having a Clear Vision

When it comes to home renovation, it’s all about the design. That’s why it’s important to have a clear vision of what you want in each space that you’re renovating. This is a process that shouldn’t be rushed, because you want to ensure that you’re getting what you want out of your renovation. The last thing you want is to be unhappy with the final product and have to live with it for years. Explore your options when it comes to home design and choose what will work for your home.

Being Too Trendy

There’s no problem with adopting some trends here and there in the home, but being too trendy can cause trouble. Sure, your home may be long overdue for a remodel, but be careful about how many trends you choose to incorporate. What’s in right now may not be what’s in a few years from now, so it’s recommended that you choose wisely on the trendy designs. Try to choose styles that are more timeless in appeal, instead of “right now” so that you’re not discouraged if and when these trends end up disappearing from the radar.

Having Unrealistic Expectations

Your timeline and budget should be realistic and everyone should be on the same page about what is being accomplished and when. This is when being in open communication with your contractor is key. Discuss your timeline and budget before the project begins, and keep in mind that things happen. Materials can be on back-order or changes in the design can occur, often pushing the timeline back on completion. It’s important that you don’t rush the process.

Choosing the Wrong Contractor

It’s recommended that you shop around for the right contractor for your project. Don’t just pick the first company to give you a bid or the lowest bid without doing your homework first. Choosing a contractor should be based on their knowledge, expertise and experience in the field. Be sure to do a little research before reaching out to anyone. Ask around…who is recommended by fellow homeowners? Is there a trusted name in the area? The wrong contractor can wreak havoc on your renovation project.

Avoiding Renovation Mishaps

Keep these important tips in mind when it comes to your project. Remember the following, so that you can have a successful experience with your renovation:

  • Have a clear design in mind

  • Choose design elements that can stand the test of time

  • Have realistic expectations, especially about timeline and budget

  • Choose the contractor that is right for your job

If you stick to these tips, you’ll be on your way to getting the newly renovated home you’ve always wanted, complete with the perfect design.

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