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Whether you’re a seasoned renovator or it’s your first time, there are many mistakes that you should actively avoid when starting out on a new project.

Here are some key renovation mistakes that you should avoid to ensure that your time and money is used effectively.

 

Underestimating material and labour costs

Failing to research material and labour costs is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to property renovation. Remember to factor in any indirect renovation costs including local council fees, professional fees, finance repayments, rental payments (if you have to move out during the renovation) and so on.

 

Not setting yourself a timeline

While a lot of people emphasise the importance of budgeting (which is important, of course), many forget to create a project timeline. Estimate how long each task will take and come up with a project completion date. If you don’t set yourself a deadline, you’ll never finish!

 

Going overboard with DIY tasks

There are some tasks you can do yourself but there are also certain things that you shouldn’t attempt. When it comes to more complex work such as plumbing or carpentry, you should always consult a licensed professional.

 

Renovating the wrong areas/rooms

When planning out your renovation project, focus your energy (and money) on the areas that are most frequently used.  Generally, you should focus the majority of your budget on areas like the master bedroom, the living room and the kitchen.

 

Relocating electrics and plumbing

Moving around your electricals and plumbing can be extremely costly, so if possible, you should try to leave them in the same location.

 

Planning and seeing through a renovation project can be timely, costly and emotionally draining, so it’s worth doing some research to learn about common mistakes and how to avoid them so that you can achieve your dream home.