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Top 10 Things Not To Do When Renovating Your Home

Renovating your home can be an exciting time. You think of everything you’ve always wanted to change in your home and suddenly the ideas keep flowing. But you need to be careful — you may get too caught up in the thrill of everything and forget small important details. While the TV shows and magazines make it look easy and achievable in a few days, here are the top 10 things not to do when renovating your home…

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1. Not Doing Enough Research
If you think that you can do a renovation job, make sure you do all the research before undergoing any project. Take all the precautions!

2. Thinking Everything is going to go exactly as Planned
Renovation jobs are never near perfect, so expect bumps in the road along the way.

3. Don’t Enlist the Help of Family and Friends if they aren’t Experienced
You might think asking friends and family to help with renovation jobs may save you money, but if they are inexperienced they could potentially damage your home. They could make costly mistakes and you might just end up spending more money in the long run.

4. Don’t Think That You Won’t Go Over Your Budget
Setting a budget is important when planning to renovate your home, but it is inevitable that you may go over due to unforeseen circumstances. So ensure that you have a budget for going over budget to stay on track.

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5. Don’t Assume that the Weekend is enough Time
A lot of planning goes into renovating your home, but things may go awry. It is unrealistic to think that you will be able to complete a renovation job within a weekend, especially if it is a larger project.

6. Don’t Risk your Safety by going for Cheaper or Quicker jobs
Just because a contractor or materials are cheaper, doesn’t mean that they will be good for your home. You want someone who knows how to do a proper job, and the best materials to ensure that your renovation job lasts for a long time.

7. Don’t Forget to Check Regulation Rules
Some areas may not allow homes to be renovated, which is why it is important to double-check with building codes and regulation rules to ensure that you can go ahead with renovating your home.

8. Don’t Order Things as you go
Make sure before starting any renovating jobs, that you have all the components necessary to complete them. This makes your job easier and quicker, rather than waiting for parts to arrive.

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9. Not Asking Enough Questions
When working with someone who is going to professionally renovate your home, don’t be afraid to ask any questions. It is your home after all and you want it to be the home you’ve always wanted.

10. Don’t Assume That Your Dream Renovation Isn’t Possible
The idea of renovating a home can be stressful, time-consuming and too expensive. But before you park the idea, make sure you do adequate research, talk to the experts and ask as many questions as you can. Taking the time to research your project and having a plan in place can make your dream renovation project come to life.

If you’re looking into renovating your home or looking into any sort of home improvement projects, contact our friendly team on 1300 943 640 or for free assistance in finding a builder that is right for your renovation project.

Shantelle Santos

Shantelle is a graduate of a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations). She loves all things social media, digital marketing, and has a keen interest in design.


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