Our home renovation crew at Vancouver’s Cast Sustainable Construction would like to share some of the most common mistakes when renovating your home with useful home renovation tips.
1. Purchasing Cheap Materials:
If you can’t afford quality materials for your home renovation project, wait until you can. As the old saying goes “you get what you pay for.” Cheap materials aren’t as durable as quality materials, and chances are…you’ll probably regret your decision down the road.
2. Not Enough Time Prepping Work Area:
Some people think they’ll save time on a project if they don’t invest too much time or effort on the prepping stage…and some… completely skip this stage altogether. The truth is, this is one of the most important stages when you are renovating your home. What you do and don’t do will affect the success of your project. Don’t take our word for it… Check out more renovation tips from seasoned home contractor Mike Holmes and “Do It Right The First Time.”
3. Selecting The Wrong Sized Fixtures:
Always keep your room dimensions in mind when selecting fixtures, sinks and faucets. If you renovate a small area for your bathroom, selecting a narrower sink will appear more proportional and will help avoid making your space look crowded.
Proper lighting can make or break the ambience of a room. Different lighting options will provide you with effective lighting that will help you with specific tasks in the kitchen and other areas. Proper lighting techniques will also help you save money and energy. Your home contractor will be able to advise you on the best lighting products and options for your room.
5. Trendy Designs
Just remember… Trendy Now = Outdated Later
Trendy designs may look great now, but what happens when they go out of style? You’re stuck with an outdated kitchen that cost you a small fortune. It’s always wise to invest in something you love that will last.
6. Changing Your Mind
Before you begin construction, take the time to decide on paint colors, trim and cabinetry. If you change your mind midway into your project, your home contractor’s schedule will be affected along with your final project cost. When you take the time to make decisions before your project begins…you will save time, money and aggravation.
7. Purchasing Your Own Home Building Supplies:
Many people mistakenly think purchasing their home building supplies will save them money on renovation and construction… not so. Most established home contractors receive a discount from building supply centers that help bring down the overall cost of your project. You also benefit from the experience of your home contractor when he chooses the right products for the right application. He knows what works best and what doesn’t.
If you need some tips on how to select the best home improvement contractor, take a look at our contractor checklist here.
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