1 Poor preparation
A proper renovation takes preparation, and lots of it. A detailed plan will help keep you on budget and on time. Set out a very specific agreement with your contractor before the work begins and get everything in writing. You should be able to see your renovation, laid out on paper before it even begins.
2 Buying stuff before you have a plan
Don’t buy materials or appliances until your renovation is planned out and all measurements have been taken.
3 Ignoring issues
When you tear down walls or rip up floors, there’s a good chance you’re going to find something you weren’t expecting. Electrical and plumbing issues need to be dealt with before you close the walls back up. It might be an unexpected renovation cost up front, but it will save you tons of money in the long run.
4 Cutting corners
Just like ignoring issues, cutting corners on materials or finishes is only going to cause you problems in the future. It’s better to go the extra mile and do it right the first time than have to go back and redo everything. Hire competent trades/designers to do the job, buy quality materials and take the time to complete all the necessary steps.
5 Unlicensed trades
There are projects that any reliable contractor can take on; then there are specialized projects that require a licensed professional to complete. Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, asbestos removal and anything to do with gas or the structure of your home should always be completed by a licensed professional in that specific trade. We only use licensed trades