Common Pitfalls In Home Renovations In Sydney

Looking to renovate your home this year? In that case, we have listed some common mistakes to avoid.

No matter how big or small, there’s no denying that the idea of renovating is always exciting!

In fact, various reports point towards the increase in home renovation projects in the city over the past few years. One such report suggests that the value of residential renovation has gone up by four times in the past few years.

However, renovating a home is easier said than done. And one of the most neglected aspects of renovation is considering what can go wrong. So, in the following sections, we have discussed some common pitfalls of home renovation.

Let’s start!

6 Common Pitfalls In Home Renovation Sydney

1. Going With The Wrong Contractor

One of the most common mistakes that most homeowners make is hiring the wrong contractor for the job. This is especially true for first-timers, who tend to be attracted by flashy offers and fancy promises. Moreover, if you don’t have a lot of time to spare (during emergencies) for the renovation, there’s a high chance that you would hire any contractor without doing adequate research.

In such cases, it may so happen that the contractor is unable to accomplish specific tasks or leaves the renovation mid-way because of insufficient qualifications or preparations. And by that time, you’d have spent a fair deal of money for unsatisfactory workmanship.

A good way to avoid this hassle altogether is to invest some time in vetting various contractors and home renovation services. Look for their legitimacy, qualifications, the type of projects they have worked on, and client reviews. Your preferred contractor should maintain clear communication at all times, walking you through every step of the project.

Also, keep an eye on whether they have handled or are equipped to deal with your specific requirements. If you’re short on time, seek referrals from friends or family. All these checks will ultimately make your investment worth it.

2. Opting For Cheaper Offers

While we agree that saving money is an attractive prospect, it can often do more damage when you look at the bigger picture. In a bid to remain within budget or complete the renovation for less than the original budget, many homeowners may end up having subpar materials and unsustainable construction practices. As a result, you might have to spend more money on repairs than on the renovation itself.

It’s always advisable to keep track of the average costs of materials like paints, fixtures, furniture, and other such items that are usually required for renovations. This way, you will have a good idea if the contractor is supplying inferior quality materials. Additionally, we’d recommend getting in touch with a home renovation specialist if possible to get professional advice on the best plan according to your budget.

3. Ignoring The Kitchen And Bathroom

It’s not unusual for homeowners to devote all their attention towards the bedrooms and living room during renovation, primarily due to aesthetic reasons. However, a good renovation plan should factor in utility and repairs. That’s why it’s extremely important to consider getting the kitchen and bathrooms revamped to prevent plumbing issues from ruining the other renovated spaces at home.

If you’re on a tight budget and plagued with damaged plumbing or faulty water appliances and fixtures, you’d want to start by repairing or replacing them (as required). Otherwise, the costs will only pile up as you wait longer.

4. Overlooking The Simple Things

Homeowners are often so focused on making the big changes that they tend to overlook the simple aspects, the most common of which is lighting. For instance, a faulty light fixture may cause serious problems if not taken care of. Again, you’d require a lot more money to fix the mainline supply compared to installing new light fixtures.

Not only that, but the lighting can also make or break the ambience of a room. If the lighting isn’t adequate, even the biggest rooms with light colour paints will appear dark and cramped. When planning the renovation, make a list of such issues so that you don’t miss out on the important details

5. Ignoring The Exterior

Unless you’re absolutely fixated about indoor renovations (especially due to budget limitations), it’s a good idea to look after the exterior renovation as well. There may be some exterior surfaces that need to be changed or repaired. This will, in turn, help transform an otherwise dull or monotonous landscape. Plus, you can make your house stand out from the rest!

6. Going With The Trend

Don’t get us wrong- we aren’t saying that trending or modern designs and layout don’t yield satisfactory results. The problem lies in the fact that a lot of homeowners will choose any layout simply because it’s trending, without assisting its practicality.

Remember that not all designs will suit your home, both in terms of appearance and functionality. You may not follow the original architectural style, but the additions and changes should complement the existing architecture.

Furthermore, quite a few “trending” renovation ideas are expensive but have a short life span, meaning they won’t contribute to the resale value of the property. Hence, your investment may become futile in the future, requiring you to invest in new, compatible designs.

4 Things To Avoid In DIY Renovations

In case you’re opting for a full-fledged DIY renovation project, then here are some things that you should definitely avoid:

1. Installing Appliances Early On

No matter if you’re replacing certain appliances or buying some for the first time, installing them should mark the completion of the entire renovation. And there’s no rocket science here- installing fixtures and appliances before the paint or flooring is completely dry can damage the newly applied paint or tiles.

2. Not Ordering Extra Flooring

When it comes to flooring, order enough material to account for both the actual requirement and possible installation wastage or defects. Ideally, you should purchase an extra 20% of the total requirement for this purpose.

3. Inaccurate Measurements

Having accurate and precise measurements is of utmost importance, especially when you’re going the DIY way. In this regard, don’t rely on one-time measurements as being off by even a few centimetres can result in improper fitting and installations. Likewise, never purchase furniture like sofas and beds before measuring the space.

4. Choose The Wrong Upgrade

As we have mentioned before, an ideal renovation plan should strike the right balance between appearance and utility. And this can be achieved by focusing on the elements that add value in the long term.

For example, even the most expensive wall hangings can get damaged if the wall is prone to moisture. So, if you’re on a strict budget, consider getting the wall fixed with high-quality materials instead of purchasing an expensive decorating item.

Similarly, the walls, flooring, furniture, lighting and all other fixtures should come together. Hence, keep the colours and patterns in mind while choosing these items.

Doing Your Home Renovation Right!

That brings us to the end of today’s guide. Renovating a home isn’t something you will do every day, so it only makes sense to think about every aspect beforehand.

Before we take your leave, here’s a pro tip: ask for at least three different estimates before finalising one. At the same time, look out for discounts and sales on home furnishings to save on the budget without compromising on quality.

We will see you soon. Till then, goodbye!

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