7 Renovating Mistakes That Can Sink Your Project

7 Renovating Mistakes That Can Sink Your Project
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    A renovation project can be an enjoyable process, one that yields a home that is updated, stylish and meets your requirements.

    That's the best case scenario, however just one mistake can sink your project. Let's take a look at seven renovating mistakes and how these can be avoided.


Plan your home renovation project carefully.

1. Incomplete planning

— You would think that a renovation project would be well planned, but some clearly are not. If you’re doing the job yourself, you need to plan the job out just as a contractor would. That means sketching out a blueprint, obtaining permits from your town and figuring out the costs. Do this job by the seat of your pants and you’ll get burned or find yourself out of cash.

2. Cheap materials

— Saving money is important, but if you rely on cheap materials, you’ll pay for it in the end. Use only those materials that are right for the job. If you cannot afford quality materials, then put your renovation project off until you can.

3. Wrong tools

— Every project should be approached with the right tools in hand. Use the wrong tools and you can wreck the tool and mess up your renovation. Buy, borrow, but do not steal the tools that you need to get the job done. Tools such as a circular saw can be rented.

4. Help wanted

— You may have a design idea in mind, but do you have the resources to do the work yourself? If not, be realistic and ask others to pitch in. If you can’t afford to pay for the service, consider bartering. But, also accept the assistance of a friend that wants to freely give it. Swallow your pride and ask for help.

5. Incomplete job

— Your renovation project is a sound one, but it lacks one thing: a complete job. You be trying to save money by not updating your plumbing or electrical system, but you’ll run into trouble especially if your home is not up to code. Avoid hazards and do the job right from the start.

6. No permits

— You may be able to do the job without building permits, but that doesn’t mean you should. Besides, that’s illegal. You may be able to get away with not obtaining permits, but when it comes time to sell your home, your town will catch up with you. That means penalties and fines, perhaps costing you thousands of dollars in back property taxes.

7. Overdone project

— Your home is worth $200,000 and you poured more than $100,000 in renovations into it. Trouble is, your neighborhood home values are closer to $200,000, making your $300,000 home an oddity. Don’t expect to recoup much of your expenses when you decide to sell your home.

Smart Planning

A home renovation project requires much consideration including a realistic evaluation of your time, talents and money. If you want a renovated home, you may find that selling your current home and buying a different home with your desired amenities in place is the best approach to take.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".