Home renovations usually spring from a positive place, where updating a property in order to add value and influence the ambience is the primary objective. Therefore, it should be an inspiring journey full of optimism. However, without careful planning and preparation, sometimes these once noble intentions can lead to missteps that cause more hindrance than hope.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be clairvoyant to navigate this territory. With a little conceptual organisation, you can approach home remodelling with a level of confidence, excitement and even some compliancy that you are on the road to reno success.
So, in order to alleviate some of that anticipated stress, we have traversed the home remodelling trajectory to reveal the five avoidable renovation mistakes…
1. Having a Budget, but Not Sticking To It
When refreshing your home aesthetic, sometimes it can be tempting to ignore the numbers and literally go for broke. However, by knowing your budget and keeping to those set limitations you are more likely to maintain a positive mindset on your home renovation project and avoid any potential financial upsets or unexpected pitfalls along the way.
So, after understanding the costs (see below) we suggest stubbornly sticking to your budget to ensure the process of your home reno remains a positive one and not something that you look back in horror.
2. Underestimating the Cost of Your Renovation
As well as sticking to your budget, it’s important that you don’t miscalculate those renovation costs either. Home remodelling costs in Australia can range anywhere from $20,000 to $300,000 depending on the level of renovation required and the size of your property.
The biggest factors that influence price are labour and material costs and these can vary according to your location, the size of your property, and the complexity of your reno. For example, altering the layout of a home would be significantly more expensive than a relatively minor aesthetic refresh by comparison. Perhaps you only need a cosmetic refresh rather than a full-on home facelift. You should also keep in mind that renewing your home’s flooring, will increase your budget as this is one of the most expensive aspects to replace.
3. ‘DOING IT YOURSELF’ AS OPPOSED TO HIRING PROFESSIONALS
While it can be tempting to try and save a few dollars by doing a home renovation project yourself, there is a multitude of reasons why selecting specialised professionals is the more sensible solution.
Licensed tradespeople come with invaluable home renovation experience, as a result, they can anticipate any unforeseen problems. In addition, choosing a company that specialises in home renos means they can manage all the heavy lifting so you don’t have to.
Also, from a practical perspective, ‘doing it yourself’ could be potentially dangerous and illegal particularly where electrics and plumbing are concerned. In fact it could cost you more capital later down the line to repair any cost-cutting mistakes that you have made. Due to the insurances involved, there’s peace of mind when you have a registered company or licensed tradesman complete your home renovation too. They will have a sound understanding of the plumbing laws. So, if something does go wrong, parts can be replaced or reworked at no additional cost.
4. PURCHASING CHEAP FITTINGS AND FIXTURES
You know the old saying, ‘you get what you pay for’. Doing things cheap now will have a greater cost down the track. Therefore, it’s important to invest in quality fittings and fixtures for your home renovation, especially for regularly used products that can sustain the usual wear and tear. The best products come with competitive peace-of-mind warranties too, guaranteeing the level of quality that you are purchasing. In addition, sophisticated products that have their functionality and durability guaranteed are more aesthetically pleasing too.
ABI is dedicated to creating high-end tapware, fixtures and fittings and other space transforming accessories that enrich spaces. We focus on innovation, durability and thoughtful design and our products are made using world-class technology and processes, with up to 25-years warranty. The bottom line: it pays to invest in quality products.
5. NOT CONSULTING A DESIGNER
While it can be tempting to let your inspiration lead you, obtaining an expert opinion for your home renovation is often the best way to ensure your overall interior design aesthetic is pleasingly consistent.
Therefore it’s always a good idea to consult a team of experts. We offer a free design consultation to accommodate your dream home renovation. Our friendly team will help feed your inspiration by listening to your intended reno plans and offering the best advice to turn those interior design dreams into a reality. They will help you pick the perfect ABI fixtures and fittings for your home renovation. Book an appointment below.