You’ve done it! You saved your money, spoke to your investment analyst (multiple times!), signed a mortgage contract, and bought the perfect home. The next step are moving into your dream home is to personalize it and make it feel like your special space.

The issue is knowing whether to start with a big house renovation or to simply redecorate. Remodelling a home requires many design skills that not everybody has. We came up with a list of important factors that design and renovations experts want new home-owners to consider before diving into a total house remodelling.

1. Not budgeting enough funds towards the renovation plans

When starting to imagine a new and improved home, many people see their renovations designs in their mind that are more costly than they realize. Renovating a home often starts with one project that once begun, leads to other necessary projects that have additional costs. Whatever you’re budgeting for, add at least 15 percent to that amount so that you have money available for any unexpected costs. Plus, if you manage to stay within the initial budget, you have extra money available for your next renovation project!

2. Being overly eager right away

Before you jump into the interior remodeling of your new home, take some time to get to know the space. Try moving things around until you find what works best for your needs, while exploring the quirks of the home. Living in your home before you begin any major renovations will give you a better sense of what you love about each room, how the space flows, and what your personal needs or desires are to enhance your home. The following are some things to when moving into a new house.

If you rush into changes right away, you may make mistakes or changes that are not exactly fitting for the home. You want to make the right choices when spending time and money on your home so that your needs make sense for the home.

3. Not using a design professional from the beginning

Using an interior designer can help bring your house renovation vision to life. A designer will help you make the best decision for your space that falls within your budget. While the cost of hiring a design specialist may be high, the benefit you will get from using one will help you avoid mistakes, since you will already be spending a good chunk of money. They can help you make smart and worth-while decisions, which will make remodelling a home a breeze.

4. Choosing cheap instead of quality

Your home is your investment, and it doesn’t just stop when you purchase the house – it requires ongoing maintenance. The areas of your home that you encounter each day, the places you touch, and the spaces with the heaviest traffic are where you should be focusing your attention. These areas deserve to have quality furnishings, hardware, and material, otherwise, they will not stand the test of time.

5. Thinking that renovating a house will happen perfectly

You may think that you know everything about how to renovate a house, but one thing that happens even to the most detailed perfectionist is that things don’t always go according to plan. Renovating houses, whether new or old, the job rarely gets completed exactly as hoped. Mistakes happen. Delays on shipments can stall a whole project. Discovering unexpected, but necessary changes can cause more expenses. Being prepared for the worst, while hoping for the best is the only mindset that you should have when beginning major renovations to your home.

6. Not consulting renovation experts throughout the designing process

Creating and planning the design for your interior remodelling is important but consulting the plan as it develops with your general contractor can help you make smart decisions that make sense for your budget and space.

Waiting until the whole design is complete to it with your renovation professionals may result in more costs, as certain plans may not be feasible and will require further time and money spent on the design plan. Keeping the contractors up to date with your plans can also help ensure that you have the right person to take on the job that you desire.

7. Not asking questions throughout the project

You may not understand everything to do with renovating a house, so ask the experts when you’re unsure. Since you are the one paying for the remodelling, it is important that you know why certain decisions are being made and how they will affect you. After all, it is better to ask a multitude of questions to make sure things are how you like them, rather than realizing after it is too late that you should have.

8. Not looking into references

Word of mouth can have a huge influence on whether or not the professionals you choose to work with produce good work and are easy to create with. Before hiring anyone to help with your renovation project, ask the potential candidates for references from recent jobs they have been involved with. Finding out from firsthand encounters can help you make the most informed choice when it comes to who you decide to work with.

Not looking into references can cause headaches later on in the project, which can result in shoddy handiwork, poorly designed layouts, or simply just a bad attitude from the workers. Avoiding these types of issues can easily be alleviated by making a few phone calls to previous references.

9. Not keeping everyone informed about the plans

Making a renovation plan that keeps people up to date with any changes, purchases, or upgrades will help to eliminate miscommunication and frustrations. Doing this, whether manually or digitally, can allow for a smoother and more cohesive renovation project. Plus, keeping the details accurate as the remodelling happens, can be a great resource to show to potential buyers when the time comes to sell your home.

10. Starting too many projects at once

Being overly ambitious and starting multiple renovation projects may seem like a time efficient way to take care of everything at once, but it can quickly become overwhelming and costly. Since renovation plans tend to change along the way, it makes more sense to properly complete one project or room before starting work on the next. Doing too much at once can be chaotic (especially if you are living in the home through the changes), so start with what makes the most sense to you, your budget, and your renovation team.

11. Working with experts that you don’t mesh with

When looking for quality experts to help bring your design vision to life, it is vital to find someone that you enjoy working with. You will be spending many hours with them, discussing exactly what is needed, how you want the project to progress, and a multitude of other details, so make sure that the person or people that you hire for the job are compatible with you. If you hire someone that is highly talented, but you are constantly arguing or clashing with them, they may not be the right person for the job. Remember, you are the boss in your own home, so if you are unhappy with the people constantly working on it, and you’ve tried to have reasonable discussions without success, you have the power to change professionals.

12. Regularly changing your mind about the project

While making changes along the way can sometimes be necessary, however, constantly changing your mind can cause delays, higher expenses, and frustrations for your hired professionals. A small change for you, can be a big change for your renovation experts, so make sure that there is a clear and consistent plan that is agreed upon before major alterations begin on your home.

13. No set timeframe to complete interior remodelling

Once you have the plan for what you want, the next step is to determine how soon you want it completed. Discussing the timeframe that you have in mind with your contractor, where they can give you a realistic estimate to get the work completed. Be generous in your timeline because home renovations often take longer than what is planned for, so give yourself extra wiggle room.

By not creating and sticking to a set timeline as best as possible, your hired renovation team may not feel the rush to get it complete in time. While delays can happen, avoiding wasting time and money are less likely if people know what they need to accomplish with a determined deadline.

14. Wanting all the modern technology

It may be desirable to add modern tech when upgrading your home, but it can require a good chunk of your budget. Spending a lot of money on cool technology can make your house more efficient, and might seem like a useful tool, it can become outdated quickly. If you plan on reselling your home right away, it can be a selling point, but if you plan on living there for several years before selling, it is unlikely to look appealing to buyers to have out of date tech that will need updating.

15. Attempting to handle all the renovations on your own

You may think you know how to renovate a house, but there is a lot more to it than that. Having the expertise of interior designers, architects, contractors, electricians, and plumbers can ensure that projects are completed safely and properly. Trying to handle all the work yourself can create frustrations and mistakes, whereas using a professional, while more expensive, can eliminate risks of dangerous and irreparable damage.

Posted by Calgary Homes Real Estate Partners Team on
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