Common Brisbane East Home Renovation Mistakes

Renovating one’s home is one of the best ways to increase the value of the house and at the same time, make it even more comfortable for all the residents. It makes a home more livable, healthy, and fit for hosting family and friends over.

The decision to renovate is also one of the most financially demanding and time intensive activities that any homeowner will subject their families to. Once the process begins, it is a very slow race to the finish and there is not letting up on money and patience as the whole renovation is achieved. That is why there is a need for people to avoid the biggest renovation mistakes to ensure that they do not waste precious resources on their quest to improve their homes. Here’s a list of what not to do during home renovation:

1.     Leaving the decision making to the contractor

Remember, this is your house. No matter how good a contractor is in terms of experience or the budget they can provide, at the end of the day, they will not live in the home after the renovation is over. Although respecting and heeding the professional advice is good, stick to your guns when it comes to your budget, timeline, and preferences. Try to be discerning between what’s absolutely necessary from what is merely an additional beautifying decision.

For example, you want to have a more open layout but your contractor says this will one more month of completion. Ask yourself if this is something you can afford and if you can live with a non-open layout. The worse thing that could happen is you go back to the renovation period just because a seamless look between your kitchen and your dining area is really something you truly want – and this regret will cost you more than a month.

The key here is to balance things, listen but do not give up the full decision making 100 percent to your hired professionals.

2.     Not having a budget

Why are you renovating your house? Is it because you would want to continue living there or is the possibility of selling the house in the horizon? This is important to consider because that would play a role in the amount of money you should spend on renovation. For those who will resell their house after renovation, the total costs and fees should never exceed the current value of the home. This keeps the selling value more competitive. At the same time, it also keeps the whole project more manageable.

Having a budget keeps things in perspective as well. And it must include the alternative living situation such as living in hotels or rentals while the house is being fixed for the time being aside from the construction materials.

3.     Renovating based solely on what looks good

Make the whole process of renovation work better for you by taking consideration aspects of improving the house such as pest control and plumbing and electricity works. Bear in mind that a house is more than just a couch and a big television and painting the walls is always easy, but moving towards re-building a home that can stand years and generations – now that’s the kind of home improvement worth investing into.