Renovating can be an exciting chance to personalise your home and make it a more luxurious space. However, a lot can go wrong during the renovation stage that could turn your dreams of a more lavish home into a nightmare. Here are just 7 common blunders that you should try and avoid at all costs when renovating.
Forgetting to seek planning permission
Many home improvements require planning permission. Land or a building may be protected due to natural or historical reasons. In other cases, an extension could invade on people’s privacy. Seeking out planning permission before getting started is essential – your local planning committee could force you to undo your work if it wasn’t permitted, or they could respond with a heavy fine. You should also check with your neighbours as angering them could cause them to file a complaint.
Failing to budget effectively
Most people go a little over budget when renovating their home. What you don’t want to do is drastically underestimate your budget – you’ll either be unable to finish the project or you’ll be forced to take out multiple loans, putting you in huge amounts of debt. This debt could cause you to regret your renovation instead of being proud of it – make sure that you can afford your dream renovation and delay it if necessary so that you can save up extra funds.
Forgetting to protect the carpets
Paint and builder’s dust could ruin your carpets if you’re not careful. Make sure that you’ve got some kind of carpet protection sorted – you can see more information on carpet protection here. Furniture and glass could also be worth protecting in certain cases.
Overestimating DIY skills
Taking on a DIY project that’s beyond your capability can be costly and potentially dangerous. Mistakes may need professional intervention in order to repair. In other cases, you could injure yourself or cause a future safety risk such as gas leak or faulty wiring. It’s best to leave certain jobs such as electrics, gas plumbing, knocking down walls and installing windows to professionals. When it comes to other tasks, make sure that you know your own ability and spend some time doing some research.
Not warning home insurers
Home insurers should be alerted before you carry out any renovations. Not telling your home insurers could breaks the terms of your contract and prevent an insurer paying out compensation in the future if they find out (if a burglar breaks into your new extension, it will be hard to make an insurance claim without mentioning the home improvements you’ve had done).
Not asking contractors for a warranty
It’s worth hiring contractors that offer some form of warranty. If there’s a problem encountered afterwards, this could allow you to get your money back or get the problem repaired for free. Many contractors have insurance that will cover you against major disasters, but it’s worth still having a warranty to protect against those smaller problems.
Not considering ROI
ROI (Return On Investment) is an important factor to consider. Certain improvements could improve the energy efficiency of your home – ideally you want to look for improvements that lower your energy bills rather than raising them. Other improvements could affect the value of your home, which could be useful if you plan to sell your property soon – make sure you’re not making a home improvement that could potentially lower the value of your home.
*This is a collaborative post.