Top 5 Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

By Luster Custom Homes Posted Thursday, August 25th, 2016

When renovating your home, there are many decisions that you have to make. Depending upon the room being renovated, everything from the color of paint, type of materials used, and architectural style needs to be considered. And that’s just the decisions you are making prior to the work actually starting.

When you have renovation work done in your home by a third-party, there is always a chance that things can go wrong. We’ve outlined a few of the key renovation-related mistakes that are common throughout the industry:

  1. Inaccurate Measurements. Whether it’s done hastily or the wall or floor is slightly uneven, capturing wrong measurements for something can literally derail a project. Even an inch or half an inch can make a difference on the end result. If you have to special order an item and it takes weeks to arrive, and it was mismeasured you can be set back weeks if you need to reorder due to a too large or too small measurement.
  2. Don’t skimp on materials. No matter what your budget, there are quality materials to fit. The last thing you want to do is cut corners when it comes to things like wood, flooring and cabinets. These are the things that will provide the greatest return on investment when it comes time to sell.
  3. Permits matter. When you work closely with your general contractor to know what is happening at each stage of the renovation, you’ll know when things like permits are required. This is an important step that you want to make sure gets completed. If your general contractor doesn’t secure the right permits, your renovation may not be covered by homeowners insurance.
  4. Hiring the Wrong Contractor. A home renovation is a large investment so it’s important to find a contractor who is experienced and has a solid reputation. Ensure your contractor is licensed and has a solid rating by doing your research.   Visit industry specific sites like the AZ Registrar of Contractors and Better Business Bureau, along with other popular sites like Houzz and Angie’s List. Transparency and good communication skills are two other key signs we tell clients to be aware of when selecting a contractor. If you contractor isn’t up front about timelines, expectations and providing you detailed estimates, then you should keep looking.
  5. Mixing Styles. When you add value to your home with renovations, make sure you keep the home’s existing style and décor in mind. The best value for resale is to keep your home’s décor consistent throughout. If you have a Mediterranean style home, fight the urge to make your master bath ultra, modern and contemporary. You will get more return on your investment if you keep your home one style and keep a consistent look and feel throughout.

The key to a successful home renovation is partnering with a reputable, quality general contractor so you know your job will be done right the first time. We always tell prospective clients to do their research and don’t be shy to ask potential home remodeling contractors for references from past clients. A little bit of research on the front end can make a huge difference in your home coming out the way you envisioned.

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  • Eli
    October 12, 2016, 4:52 pm

    Getting the permits and choosing a contractor are the biggest impediments to our current plan for renovation. I’m glad to see that both are on your list. My parents still have a few children living at home, but they are all grown, and my mom is ready to start using her time to have a more comfortable home. Actually, I think she really just wants to finally have her own library, study big enough to hold all her books.

  • December 20, 2016, 12:20 am

    I really like that you warned against incorrect measurements. I think that a lot of people don’t understand the importance of measuring their renovation projects properly. If they don’t, they won’t likely have the ideal situation for their remodeling. Do you have any other tips about finding someone good to remodel your home?

  • January 4, 2017, 7:45 pm

    Thanks for bringing to my attention the importance of using quality materials in a home renovation. My husband and I are going to be remodeling our kitchen, and I want to make sure the project goes well. Perhaps it would be a good idea to make sure we account for getting high quality materials in our budget for this remodel.

  • February 24, 2017, 5:13 pm

    I like your tip to not mix styles when renovating. I can imagine how awkward it would be to have an extremely modern bathroom and an outdated bedroom. I’m thinking of helping my parents with a home renovation this summer for their twenty-fifth anniversary.

  • June 30, 2017, 10:20 am

    Well, renovation is a popular and effective way to do some changes with our home infrastructure. Before any kind of renovation programs, we should follow some things about renovations. In most of the cases, we do various kinds of mistakes during renovation and to avoid these kinds of renovation mistakes, we need to take the suggestion of experts. I would like to follow the tips from here.

  • Dan
    October 26, 2017, 4:07 am

    For next year, my wife and I are looking into having home renovations to add value to our home. Keeping our home in one style, and keeping a consistent look and feel throughout is the best value for resale. I’ll keep in mind to never mix styles when doing home renovations. Thanks!