5 Home Renovation Mistakes That Could Cost You

paintbrushThe weather is as unpredictable as ever, but Gray homeowners are starting to look past the dreary cold to the bright renewal of spring. Landscaping tasks like tending flowers, laying sod, and planting trees may depend on warmer weather, but February is the perfect time to plan home renovation. Before you buy building materials and fresh home décor, take a look at the 5 biggest home renovation mistakes homeowners make:

  1. Buying cheap materials. Purchasing subpar building materials and equipment undermines your renovation. Flimsy cabinets and cheap flooring may save money now, but soon you’ll be shelling out cash for replacements. Using cheap power tools and renovation equipment guarantees poor results and increases your risk of injury.
  2. Failing to plan. Don’t get knee deep in ripped-up carpet before you purchase hardwood flooring. Before you begin any home renovation project, recheck your measurements, prepare materials, start with a clean space and quality tools, obtain necessary work permits, and hire the necessary contractors.
  3. Ignoring the constraints of your home. No matter what your dream room looks like, you have to work with the home you have. Don’t buy overlarge furniture or dark hued paint before you assess your home space. Pay attention to permanent fixtures, natural lighting, and available room for expansion before you determine what renovations are right for you.
  4. Shortsighted renovating. Your new outdoor kitchen may be picture-perfect, but if it doesn’t match your home style, it will probably seem out of place. Before you add, remove, or refurbish an area of your home, determine which other rooms will need an update. There’s nothing worse than a gorgeous, modern kitchen beside a den with dirty shag carpets.
  5. Getting swept up in trends. The key to home renovating is balance. Instead of implementing the latest home trends in your spring renovations, choose timeless fixtures and classic colors. You can always add bright hues and bold prints on interchangeable décor like pillows and pictures.

Stop by Ace of Gray for renovation tips, building materials, and classic design trends.

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