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20 massive home renovation mistakes you can avoid

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Any contracting team will tell you that taking on a home renovation project is no small or easy task, but there are some mistakes you can avoid in order to make the process a little smoother. 

We thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the most common errors that people make when taking on a large project, so that we could help you sidestep them. Remember, taking on a total restoration is a far bigger task than simply fitting a new kitchen!

Without further ado, let's take a look at what you need to avoid…

1. Taking inaccurate measurements will scupper you from the start. Measure twice, cut once!

2. Using the wrong tools for a job will prevent you getting a perfect finish, so don't just make do

3. Buying cheap materials will cut the longevity of your work significantly. Don't scrimp!

Fitted Kitchen, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, Scotland by Glenlith Interiors (Scotland) Ltd
Glenlith Interiors (Scotland) Ltd

Fitted Kitchen, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, Scotland

Glenlith Interiors (Scotland) Ltd

4. Skipping the boring prep work will only cause you problems and poor finishes later

5. Gutting rooms with no plan might mean more work than is necessary. Plus, had you planned ahead, you may have been able to salvage some things

6. Relying on duct tape is a dangerous plan. Step away from the roll!

7. Don't install full size suite items in a small bathroom as they will take up all the space

8. Trying to be too trendy with your design could leave you owning a house that you don't even like that much. Stay true to your style, not fashion!

Ice White House-Luxury home Minimalist kitchen by Quirke McNamara Minimalist
Quirke McNamara

Ice White House-Luxury home

Quirke McNamara

9. Doorways inexplicably don't have a standard size, so be sure you've built ones that everyone in the house can comfortably get through. So many people don't actually consider this

Adamson Doors: modern  by Adamson Doors, Modern Wood Wood effect
Adamson Doors

Adamson Doors

Adamson Doors

10 Underestimating the sheer amount of chaos that a renovation will bring is a grave error. There will be mess and you need to get used to it

11. Avoiding adding eco credentials to your home is a mistake, as something as simple as a green roof could cut your heating bills significantly

Residential green roofs Modern houses by Organic Roofs Modern
Organic Roofs

Residential green roofs

Organic Roofs

12. Don't underestimate the importance of lighting in your finished home. Think about this well ahead of time and add enough power supplies

An electric blue flocked 8 lamp Jasmine chandelier: classic  by Thomas & Vines Ltd, Classic
Thomas & Vines Ltd

An electric blue flocked 8 lamp Jasmine chandelier

Thomas & Vines Ltd

13. Use the right paints for different surfaces or your finish will be awful and have no longevity

Feature Wall Minimalist walls & floors by Madame Ant Minimalist
Madame Ant

Feature Wall

Madame Ant

14. Narrow stairs can seem like a great space-saver but will you want to be using them in 10, 20 or 30 years? Think about the future

15. Don't put the wrong windows in a heritage home. You might want uPVC warmth but you have to think about complementary styling

Advanced Bronze Casements on Staircase: modern  by Architectural Bronze Ltd, Modern Metal
Architectural Bronze Ltd

Advanced Bronze Casements on Staircase

Architectural Bronze Ltd

16. Ignoring safety protocols will create problems if you end up hurt and having to delay the project while you pop to hospital

17. Not doing enough homework before you start a renovation is a huge error! You need to know everything you can about the property and the team that you're going to have helping you

18. Failing to update the electrics in your home while you renovate the décor is a huge no-no. What if there is a problem somewhere? Think ahead, not just about your budget

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19. Trying to totally overshadow a property's natural style could lead to a jarring finish. Try to work with what will be remaining to guide your work

Les Prevosts Farm Rustic style kitchen by CCD Architects Rustic
CCD Architects

Les Prevosts Farm

CCD Architects

20. The biggest mistake people make is taking on more than they can handle. Be realistic about the time, money and help it will take to finish your project. That way, you can't be surprised or disappointed

Fore more sage home advice, take a look at this Ideabook: 12 Unnecessary Mistakes All New Homeowners Make.

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