The Most Common Renovation Mistakes & How To Avoid Them
16th November 2021
Exciting as it is to get cracking on your home renovation project, if you’ve done one before, you’ll know it’s rarely straightforward. Tanu Jandu – interior designer at ABODE has outlined the most common mistakes and how to avoid making them yourself.
Not planning your purchases:
Ensure your new furniture actually fits inside your newly designed doors and up the stairs. Know your measurements so that everything fits nicely into your space. Do not overfill.
Splashing out on the wrong things:
Invest in things you use every day – door handles, light switches, joinery. Because you interact with these elements daily so they’re worth splashing out on. Our advice is also to invest in brassware in bathrooms too as cheaper options will not stand the test of time and will need replacing sooner than you think.
The big one; underestimating your budget:
Most jobs will take longer and cost more than you expect. We recommend always adding 20% to what you think a project will cost initially when it comes to the grand budget. Our advice is to get a variety of quotes and do your research before committing or signing any paperwork.
Not sticking to your schedule: Work closely with your builder and interior designer to know when they need decisions from you. At ABODE we share a schedule with everyone involved. The more transparent everyone is, the more expectations can be managed. This also enables us to plan when we need contractors and supplies.
And lastly, do not expect everything to go perfectly: Lead times are harder than ever to predict at the moment with COVID-19 and Brexit supply chain issues. One of our main suppliers Danetti have a time frame of six weeks – much sooner than other suppliers we often use. Naturally delays can cause a domino effect to your timings, our advice is be relaxed and prepare for the unexpected.
A house renovation is an exciting process but can be overwhelming. If you’re unsure as to where to start – have a chat with us, we’d love to hear from you.