With the current state of the housing market, some of you may be considering an update without the move. Renovating your home can be a great way to experience a little change and increase the future value of your home. Here are some mistakes to avoid when planning your renovations to make sure you are happy with your results!
Choosing Cheaper Materials
It can be tempting to choose cheaper materials when trying to make updates. While it may look great in the beginning, that fresh look will only last a short while. Overtime, cheaper materials will wear down and look like they need to be replaced again- ultimately costing you more money. When renovating your home, be aware of the material’s quality before making the purchase.
Neglecting Curb Appeal
Landscaping will be the first thing that visitors will see when they arrive, and will set an expectation of what your home looks like on the inside. Landscaping can be a great way to spruce up your home- and it can even be done on a budget.
Purchasing Furniture Too Early in the Process
A common mistake is spending money on furniture before all of the plans are set in place. Once you know the exact layout, measurements and the look you are going for, then you have the green light to purchase furniture. Purchasing furniture too early will either leave you with the risk of buying the wrong size of something, the wrong quantity, or even worse- something that you don’t think matches what you envision for the space.
Focusing too much on Current Trends
It is completely understandable to want to follow current trends when renovating your home. To an extent, that should be one of your goals! However, heavily leaning on current trends may hurt your home’s resale value when that trend eventually fades.
Poor Planning and Scheduling
We know that making changes to your home can be an exciting time. It can be easy to get distracted from the plan and budget when picking out materials and knocking down walls. However, it is vitally important to communicate with your contractor and set realistic expectations when it comes to timing, layout, etc. so that you have direction and goals in place.
Overall, renovations can not only increase your home’s value, but creates an environment that feels brand new. If you are able to, we recommend you focus on the value rather than the cost. Renovations are investments, and will help you in the long run!