Whether you’re thinking to refurbish and redecorate your house as a whole or a part of it, you might not know all the gamesmanship of renovation industry. All the first-timers out there, like you, must not readily jump into it without preliminaries.
Because of ample decisive factors out there, peers are seeing renovation as a tough and tricky project. Your goal oriented investment could take you to next level of property ownership which otherwise could be a costly setback.
So keep reading because you would now be introduced to those common yet deadliest home renovation mistakes that have been collected from worthwhile experience of renovation consultants and interior designers. As a gift I would also explain some tricks that would save many bucks for you, guaranteed!
1. Starting Project Too Soon
So the day you bought a house and you think it is eyeing fussy without living in there for a day or two. This is the most common renovation mistake and a blunder that’s why I’ve put it on the top. In a renovation project, your eyes are many at times deceptive and illusive without involvement of a wide-ranging analysis.
Try to develop understanding with your house in a way that instead of asking from your brain, your house speaks of itself with what areas require renovation. Try to discern the course of light in your house, the way how air rustles or how the rain water plunges in. Of course you can hire the services of some expert to add-in the knowledge and experience, you lack.
2. Making Too Many Changes along the way
As rightly said, renovation is tricky and is stressful, so why going for so many when you only have two hands and one brain? You might be too smart but forces of nature are there to make you fat. You must not confuse renovation with restructure and rebuilt because starting from the scratch would lead you to a never ending frustration.
So the golden trick is to be at ease and try to focus on one thing and centralizing everything around that. Never try to make cluster of changes which would be hard at you and at your pocket as well.
Do you know how many steps are involved in renovating the texture of false ceiling? Or how many elements are associated with it? As everything in your house is interwove and the homogeneity of your house is because of it, so never presume a single job to be a solo flight for you.
3. Going for the Lowest Bid
Renovation industry is glomming on the way, so never expect to get your job done gloriously on cheap rates. Be wary of the contractors available right away for doing renovation job on cut-rates because they would be compromising on the eminence and class required by a renovation project.
4. Going for DIY without Experience
You might consider yourself in a circle of humans termed as “Handy” and as you have searched on DIY House renovation tips in youtube, you consider yourself as no less than an idol. If that would have been so easy there would never be so many renovation consultant and contractor firms in every part of the world.
So without getting expertise and fair knowledge never jump-in because it would not help you and might even prove costly later on for making again the things right.
5. Not Expecting the unexpected
Whether you accept it or not, but home renovation hardly goes in accordance with preliminary plans. You never know what comes out while pulling off those insulation boards. This is also one of the common renovation mistakes committed i.e. not expecting the unexpected.
As you can’t divert the unforeseeable circumstances altogether, what only you can do is to be prepared and have Plan B or C in your pocket. You must have a safety factor of about 10 to 15% in terms of budget along with that of your completion deadline.
6. Compromising Quality and be a savior
Whether you are a billionaire or none, an elegant lifestyle is therein your dreams all the time. So now if you are provided with an opportunity, why to save some bucks and buy those ugly stuff you touch by and go. Compromising quality would apparently make renovation light on your pocket for a while but then be ready for incoming flood of problems.
7. Ask much and get answers
Conversing in a timely manner with your renovation Contractor would make it easier for both of you. In most of the cases, the home owners think it as an odd to ask. It is better to clarify things at the start rather than fighting at the end. Try to convey, in complete, all of your needs or demands and your expectations and imaginations to the Contractor for his better understanding.
8. Too many intermittent changes
Some confused house owners are so annoying that they demand too many intermittent changes which creates an unpleasant environment for your project. It not only increases the cost of your project but these decisions in a rush never be of productive ones.
For this you should go through all the preliminary design details at the start and if required you can ask for any type of change in it.
9. Not even bothering for measurements
This is also a very common mistake while renovating one’s house. You kick out your old stuff without even noting their size that was best suited and without using any measuring tool you order new stuff. This will disturb the harmony and uniformity of your home you were comfortable with.
So never ignore the need of noting down the measurements and get it written somewhere for you while purchasing for new things.
10. Working too much with things easily outdated
Can you remember what version of cell phone were you using some years before? Will you be willing to purchase a brand new mobile phone with everything updated except the camera of 2 mega pixels? So never overdo with such tech-stuff in your home because these are easily outdated.
Most of the new comers commit mistake of purchase lavish tech stuff but let me tell you that your this very investment would never be going to pay-off.
In a Nut Shell
A timely and effective home renovation is a very necessary for letting you get the right amount for your property. You can take it as your investment because whatever you pay now would surely be going to help your sale.
If you are looking for some elegant and professional renovation services in Bangkok we are here for your rescue. Bo Renovation Bangkok has experienced professional team focusing on quality and standards. We provide professional services for all of your house and condo renovation consultation in design and plan.
Going through a home renovation can be a though thing to do (especially in Thailand), so here are 6 things to consider before moving forward for your next renovation project :
Whether your budget is big or small, home renovation can often be over budget. I recommend to create a spreadsheet including all the project expenses so you can easily see where you are going through and adjust it if it's over budget by choosing less expensive material or cut things out. Consider to add 10% on the top of your overall budget for flexibility.
2. Define what you want
This stage can goes in same time than budgeting or after budgeting. Define what you want before start the project renovation and make a selection of all the materials that will be used during the project will help you to save a time and money, if you have the budget you can hire an interior designer to help you to bring your ideas to life but if not then you will have to select the material that fit to your budget by yourself. To select all the materials before find a contractor and ask for quotation will also help to get a correct quotation because for a contractor the labour cost will change depending of the material used (ex: install a classic or a recessed faucet won't be the same labour cost). Once you have selected all the materials you want to use (sanitaries, lighting, doors, painting...) then you are ready to go to the next step by finding a contractor.
3. Find a contractor
In Bangkok more than anywhere else it's not easy to find the right contractor, i heard a lot of stories about contractor who just disappear after got some problems with the customer regarding the work quality so be aware of it and you shouldn't hire any contractor in a hurry.
Here are a few tips that i can give you :
4. Before start the project
Once you have choosen the right contractor get a project planning and a detailed contract in place before any work begins
5. Follow up the project
During the project renovation a project manager will be there to follow up the progress of the project but you will have to go on site sometimes to check if there are no misunderstanding between you and the contractor to anticipate any further issues.
Before to make the final payment to the contractor, make sure that everythings is working properly (sanitaries, electricity...) and after that you can make the final payment.