Top 15 Biggest Renovating Mistakes

From ignoring prep work and safety to setting unrealistic budgets, find out how to avoid these renovating mistakes and more.


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Buying Cheap Materials
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to home renovation (is that) they try to be cheap when they buy materials. The bottom line is, you’re going to get what you pay for.

If you’re going to do it, do it. If you can’t afford to do it, wait.

Inaccurate Measurements
I can’t emphasize enough how an inch or even sometimes a half an inch can make a difference. And if your dimensions are off and it’s not equal and symmetrical, you’re not going to get the full impact and effect that you want. If you’re not sure about how to measure or you can’t follow the directions, don’t hesitate at all to call somebody. Ask them to come over and take the measurement for you, Flooring Creations does FREE measurements for your project, just give us a call to set one up!


Skipping the Prep Work
Do it the right way, right away. You shouldn’t avoid your prep work. You want to take the time to do it right and right from the beginning.

It’s a horrible, tedious process, and nobody likes it, but it saves so much time later on down the way. And that’s what you’re trying to do: save yourself money and time.


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Gutting Everything
Make sure you have a well-set plan before you start your renovations, because you don’t want to go in there and just clear everything out, when you might be able to work around some areas.


Using the Wrong Tools
There are really three problems with using the wrong tool: You can wreck the tool, you can wreck the project you’re working on and you can wreck yourself.


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Building a Small Bathroom
If you need, or have, a small bathroom, pick the right fixtures.”You can buy low-profile toilets and narrower sinks. Don’t try to put full-size fixtures in a tiny, tiny bathroom. It’s just going to be crowded. I’m a real believer in using bold colors and bold prints, because boldness in small spaces actually makes it feel better!


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Ignoring Lighting
Another mistake that homeowners will often make is not taking into consideration the lighting in their home. The lighting in your home can completely change the colors, the feeling, the ambiance.


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Going Too Trendy
People often make the mistake of wanting to be too hip and trendy in their new home by picking the latest, hottest, coolest thing. What they don’t take into consideration is that trendy means that it’s short term.

You want something that’s going to stand the test of time, and you want something that’s going to last for years and years.


Failure to Anticipate Chaos
I think it’s really important to anticipate the time and the pacing of your renovation. You probably want to do that up front, get it over with and then you can slowly start to piece your life and your home back together.


Not Doing Your Homework
You have to know what you’re getting into. Even if you’re not doing the work yourself, know what to look for, what your contractor is doing. That way you can keep a close eye on the project and know when something’s getting out of hand.

I think it’s really important to do at least some preliminary work. You want to be able to have enough information to know what questions to ask.


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Ignoring Your Home’s Style
You bought that Spanish home or that Craftsman home for a reason, because you liked that style. So keep your new design, your new build projects within that style.


Avoiding Permits
The bottom line is if you do perform work without a permit and something serious happens, your homeowner’s insurance will not cover it.


Hiring the Wrong Contractor
You need to make sure that the contractor is right for you, because he’s going to be in your home, and you want to make sure it’s the right contractor.

When you interview contractors and you check references, the thing you want to find out is, how fast do they return phone calls? A contractor who returns phone calls fast has nothing to hide, and it’s going to reduce your anxiety level.


Taking On More Than You Can Handle
When people make the mistake of not knowing their limitations, they often take shortcuts.

You really do have to know up front where you’re going, and you can’t jump into things without having a plan.


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Setting an Unrealistic Budget
I think that people often underestimate what it’s going to cost to do a big renovation, and part of that is because they don’t realize the biggest cost in a renovation usually is the labor.

You never know what’s going to happen once you start the demolition process. As soon as you open up a wall, you never know what you’re going to find behind that wall, so you need to pad your budget, and you need to be realistic.