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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Renovating Your Home

Planning some home improvements? Here are five mistakes to avoid to ensure that your renovation project is a success.

Not having a strict budget

Getting into lots of debt could cause you to regret your renovation project rather than being proud of it. Try to keep to a tight budget – if you take out a loan, make sure that it’s something you’ve planned for in advance. Having a budget will also urge you to find ways to cut costs such as shopping around for contractors and materials, rather than accepting the first quote you get.

Not hiring professionals

There are a lot of jobs that can be DIYed, but it’s important to know your limits to avoid doing something potentially dangerous. Electrics and gas plumbing are two jobs generally best left in the hands of professionals. Similarly, you may want to get professionals to carry out jobs such as installing windows and knocking down interior walls. Hiring professionals can be more expensive, but it can ensure that the job is done properly.

Not getting planning permission

Planning permission isn’t required for all improvements, however if you’re hoping to build outwards such adding an extension or raising the roof it could be wise to check. If you don’t get planning permission and decide to go ahead anyway, your local planning committee may order you to revert your home back to how it was if they find out. You will have to pay to get it reverted back on top of the costs that you paid to install it in the first place, making it a huge waste of money.

Not considering the neighbours

On top of getting planning permission, you may also want to consider how your neighbours may feel about the project. It’s good manner to warn them, just in case of the noise. It’s possible that you may be able to use less noisy alternatives such as non-destructive excavation as opposed to regular excavation. On top of the noise, you’ll want to ensure that your renovation project doesn’t invade on their privacy or block out the sun to their garden as is common with some extensions.

Not considering the ROI

It’s worth also considering the ROI (return on investment). Many renovations can add value to a home – for example, converting your attic into a bedroom could help to add value by giving your home an extra bedroom. Other renovations however may deduct value from your home such as painting your walls a controversial colours like pink or getting rid of a bedroom. It’s important to the ROI if you plan to sell up in the future. As well as the impact on your home’s value, you may also want to consider the impact your renovation has on your home’s energy efficiency. Adding insulation could help to cut your home’s energy bills, potentially making you future savings.

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