Renovating your home can be an exciting and rewarding process, but it is important to avoid common certain steps that can potentially lead to costly and time-consuming issues throughout the process. From planning ahead to finding the right professionals for your project, these are the top renovation pitfalls and how you can best avoid them!
Planning & Budgeting
One of the biggest mistakes people make when renovating their homes is not properly planning and budgeting for the project. It is important to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve in your renovation and to create a detailed plan that outlines all the necessary steps and materials. Additionally, setting a realistic budget is crucial to avoid overspending. When planning your next home renovation, taking the time to carefully plan and research your options and budget is crucial in ensuring a smooth and successful experience.
When it comes to renovating your home, hiring a reputable builder and designer is essential. When seeking quotes from builders for your home renovation, the best way to ensure each builder has the correct information is to create proper design documentation. Many builders (including Perini Renovations) will provide a full design service where we will ensure your preferences are all detailed and included in your quotation. By providing your builders with complete design documentation, each builder will be quoting the same products and finishes, ensuring an accurate quote comparison. When it comes time to compare each quote, make sure to look at what items are and are not included in the price as these offerings may differ between different companies.
Permits & Inspections
Although most interior renovations will not require permits and building inspections, any works that will alter the building envelope will. This includes adding new doors or windows. Prior to setting out on your renovation journey, seek out advice from your local Council if you are planning on making any changes to your home that will affect its external appearance. Taking this crucial step will ensure you are well informed of what can and cannot be completed in your home renovation as well as prepare you for any costs involved in the process.
Contract Variations occur when changes are made to the design during the renovation process (and after any contracts are signed!). If these changes alter the cost of the project, you will receive a Contract Variation notice from your builder which will include any additional funds that will need to be applied to your overall renovation cost. Of course, there may be unforeseen circumstances involved in a home renovation that may require additional funds however, if it is a result of a simple change of mind make sure to consider this step completely before making that final decision as this can drastically affect the final cost of your project.
Timeless or Trending?
When renovating your home, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest design trends and want to incorporate them into your project. It is important however to prioritize function and practicality over trends. Trends will come and go but the functionality and practicality of your space will have a lasting impact on your daily life. Consider how you use each room and what features will truly enhance your lifestyle. Focus on creating a space that is highly functional and efficient, and meets your individual needs. This will ensure that your home renovation truly stands the test of time.
A home renovation represents a significant investment into your home. With this in mind, it is important to avoid these common renovation pitfalls in order to ensure the very best outcome in your next project. Our team at Perini Renovations will assist you through the design and planning process of your home renovation to ensure a smooth and pleasant experience – Reach out here to discuss your project!