Property Renovation

5 Reasons Why Your House Renovation NEVER Goes To Plan

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Once we make those important first steps and buy our first home, many of us can’t wait to roll up our sleeves, dig out the old toolkit and start renovations. The problem many people have is that they don’t adequately prepare in a number of different ways, meaning their work leads to further complications.

To make sure you can manoeuvre around these renovation pitfalls and make it to the safety of a new and improved home, here are five of the most common reasons things usually go south.

Your time management is WAY out

There are two main ways you can go about renovating your home, no matter how big the job. One is to do it quickly, taking a week or two, booking time off work to do it yourself or planning to have contractors do it for you. The other option is to do it in your spare time or only contract sections of it, stretching out the time it takes to complete the renovations.

Understandably your hand can be forced to go for option two if your budget restricts you from taking time off work or spending money on contractors, however if you can afford it, option one is certainly the best.

Renovating your home can leave one or more rooms effectively out of action, so why run the risk of prolonging this by choosing to renovate over a long period of time? Gather your funds, set a deadline and work to it.

Your budget falls short

 Whether you do it yourself or employ a contractor, there are more often than not nasty and costly surprises awaiting you during the improvements. Whether it’s a water leak, discovery of woodworm, planning permission fees or simply human error, the chances are your initial budget is wrong.

This blog from Aussie is a great example of all of the things you need to look out for which might cost you extra, showing why budgeting extra is always a must.

This is something plenty of people don’t account for, and end up having to stall their home improvements whilst they source the money to continue. Whenever you think you have gathered your budget, THAT is the time to save a little more.

You dont plan waste disposal

skip hire The obvious by-product of home renovations is waste. Whether it’s the remnants of your dining room wall, your old bath or a sofa set, it all has to be disposed of. Its easy to assume you can store it in your garden, garage or shed until you’ve finished and then run it to the local tip.

The problem is most councils have different rules about what rubbish they accept, meaning you might end up being stuck with that bath tub as a new garden feature for some time.

The best way around this is to hire a skip for all of your waste, that way you both have somewhere to store all of your rubbish whilst not having to worry about moving it later.

The only trouble some people have is not knowing the difference in size between skips, meaning they could potentially send way too much on a skip which is to big for what they need. Thankfully this skip size guide from Reds Skips can help make sure you get your moneys worth.

Choosing DIY despite having no skills

 Probably the most common mistake people make is also the most foolish, choosing to tackle the renovation yourself despite having no manual skills. Of course DIY is much cheaper if you don’t mind giving up your own time and you have all the appropriate skills, but if not it could cost much much more.

The problem with “having a go” when you don’t really know what you’re doing is you could make some really dangerous mistakes, like breaking a gas pipe, messing up your water system or make a ham fisted job of painting the staircase.

You begin work without planning permission

 It has become popular over the last 15 or 20 years to extend your home by building things like conservatories. While this is a great idea, you may not actually have planning permission. Lots of things come into play when applying for planning permission, it’s not all about the length of your garden, there’s your neighbours to consider, the nearest roads and any environmental damage.

These are the five most common mistakes make by people when renovating their home, so now you are aware of them and the alternatives, you can hopefully make a successful job of it.