Buying a home is such a rush. It is a huge commitment, but can also be very rewarding at the same time. Once you’ve signed on the dotted line and have the keys in hand, it’s time to make it your own! But before you get started with your dream renovation check out this list of mistakes to avoid.
- Not Hiring a Designer – Though you may feel qualified based on the amount of hours you spend watching HGTV, in all actuality, designing a home can be a lot more challenging than you would expect. Hiring a professional will ensure each detail will be considered and the final product will come out exactly you pictured it, sometimes even better!
- Underestimating Costs and Time Involved – There’s a general rule of thumb in the industry of home renovation. Take what you think it’s going to spend and add 20%. Especially if you are renovating an older home, unexpected problems always seem to arise adding a pretty penny to your bottom line. Additionally, adding a couple months to the end date will help manage your expectations and provide the potential to leave you pleasantly surprised rather than frustrated with the timeline.
- Going for the Lowest Bid – Good help does not come cheap. You will never regret paying a higher ticket price for quality work. Always beware of companies that are a good bit cheaper than the going rate, and that are available right away, and always check references!
- Spending Where you Should Be Saving – Though you shouldn’t go for the lowest bid, you also shouldn’t let yourself get talked into the most expensive options for every detail. Do your research and decide what is important to you. Splurge where you think you need to, but don’t be afraid to pinch pennies on the details that you don’t deem imperative.
- Not Asking a Lot of Questions – This is your hard-earned money you’re getting ready to spend, and a lot of it. There are no stupid questions. It is important that you have a complete understanding of what is happening and going to happen to your property, and that you are completely on board before it all begins.
- Not Knowing Essential Measurements – It is important to first figure out the measurements for all the new items you will need including furniture, windows, light fixtures, and carry it with you at all times. Whether you decide to go old school and write it on a piece of paper, or keep it as a Note in your iPhone, it is important to have because you never know when or where you will find the perfect item!