By Sophia Rollins
Remodeling your home is stressful while it’s in progress and pure bliss when it’s done. To make sure that you’ll end up with that heavenly feeling once its complete, plan ahead and avoid these eight common home remodelling planning mistakes.
1. Neglecting to do your homework
Another useful saying here is: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Do your research, discuss your ideas with your partner and other family members, and be sure of what you want and why you want it before you hire a contractor or do it yourself. If you need design help, consult a designer or gather up all the designs that inspired you to do it in the first place.
2. Focusing only on one area of your home
Try to see your home as a whole, making sure that your remodeling job will result in a cohesive style for the entire home. Avoid over-focusing on one room and neglecting the others. Keep it consistent.
3. Prioritizing fun, instead of functional renovations
Sure, a gorgeously revamped kitchen or convenient built-in storage is exciting, but you won’t enjoy the finished result as much if your roof is still letting in the rain or your master bedroom windows are still too small to let the sunlight in. Allocate your budget right, especially on the necessary fixes.
4. Ignoring traffic patterns
Make your doors and hallways wide and high enough to avoid congestion and stooping. Moving a bathroom? Put them where people can get to them quickly.
5. Limiting your vision
Choose timeless styles that doesn’t have an expiration date. Bear in mind your young family may grow in both numbers and physical size – and tall teens needs taller doorways and bigger bedrooms than two-year-olds do. If you are planning to stay in your home for many years to come, viable “aging in place” may mean hallways that are wide enough for a wheelchair and showes rather than hard-to-get-into bathtubs.
6. Letting your light shine a little too h2
In today’s uncertain economy, you never know when you might have to try to sell. Should you end up putting your house on the market, you’ll have a better chance of making a sale if your property has a pleasantly natural vibe to it.
Buyers prefer homes they can see themselves setting into comfortably with a minimum of work. That just won’t be possible, though, in a place where the eccentric owner has installed floor to ceiling metallic tile or replaced the landry room with a wet bar. If you absolutely must express your inner artist, do it with paint or another inexpensive fix, and be prepared to undo it when you decide to sell your property.
7. Not going for green
Using high quality, non-toxic materials, and energy efficient updates in your remodel is likely to cost more upfront. However, you’ll save money in the long run. Your utility bills will drop and you’ll have to replace items less frequently.
Not to mention, going green adds to your home’s resale value.
8. Failing to budget realistically
Speaking of ignoring to go green, you must do the following before you even pick up a paint sample: A) Make a budget. B) Make sure that all the funds you’ve budgeted are available to you in liquid form. C) Allow a healthy margin for cost overruns and extra expenses such as alternative accomodation for the household while the work is being done.
This article was originally located at Networx.