Top Five Homeowner Mistakes to Avoid When Renovating your Space

Save yourself time, money and frustration.

1. Not Knowing Your Style and Taste

Many homeowners have a sense of what they like and don't like in their space, but if you don't have a fairly consistent look throughout your home, it can look disjointed and thrown together. Remedy this by browsing furniture stores and gathering pages from home decorator magazines. Soon you will see your style develop. This will help you avoid many decorating and renovating mistakes.

2. Not Having a Plan

As in any project, if you don't have a goal in mind, you’ll never reach that goal and your home won't reflect what you want! Write down your priorities and the changes that are most important to you. In the remodeling world, certain projects have to come first before others (such as working on ceilings and walls before floors). If you're not certain which you should do first, enlist the help of a real estate friend or get some free estimates from contractors and design professionals.

3. Setting an Unrealistic Timeline

Don't think you're going to renovate the entire kitchen and living room two weeks before Thanksgiving or before your mother-in-law visits. It is one of the top mistakes people make, ensuring stress on family members and all the people who do the work. On average, any home change takes at least four to five times longer than originally anticipated. Start way in advance to allow for hidden surprises along the way, and to clean up and put the space back in order.

4. Not Enlisting the Help of Professionals

Not everyone can do everything themselves, even experts hire other professionals. Ask anyone who has done remodeling! For example, you discover you should have called in that plumber because you used the wrong tool to install an expensive faucet, damaging it in the process. It's not easy to live with daily reminders of your mistakes, having to do projects over and not getting that look you want. A couple hours of hiring a trade professional or an interior designer will definitely save you at least hundreds if not many thousands of dollars.

5. Using the Least Expensive Products and Materials

Everyone has a budget, and one of the biggest mistakes is using the cheapest products, even with the good intention of upgrading later as the budget allows. Poor quality materials really do wear rapidly, causing the need for them to be replaced more often, costing more in the long run. Even if you only focus on one major project this year, look at higher end products, and plan for excellence and wearability.