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Pitfalls to avoid when renovating

Throughout a renovation project, you will be confronted with a multitude of decisions. Some decisions could be fantastic, while others could cost you dearly both financially and emotionally. We often hear from those who had negative experiences, that renovation is complicated, problematic and stressful. However, this process can be experienced differently! Here are some pitfalls to avoid to make this experience smoother.

Save at All Costs
One popular tendency is wanting to save at all costs, and not necessarily in the right places. When it comes to choosing materials, many are tempted to base their decision on the price instead of quality. Be careful, do your research, and take the time to analyze the product. A discount tile could save you $200, but if it cracks two years later, it will cost you a lot more. A cheap shower could still look nice, but if it leaks, it could cause significant and expensive damage. Of course, this also applies to hired contractors. It is essential to analyze the bids obtained and the quality of the work carried out. For more tips on choosing a contractor, check out our blog.

Do the Job Step by Step
Another pitfall to avoid is breaking down the work into small steps and spreading it out over a long period. Seeing the costs of a renovation, some are tempted to have the work done in small parts: change the floor now, renovate the bathroom in 6 months and renovate the kitchen next year. This solution is not advantageous from a financial point of view. At each stage, you will have to pay renovation costs which could cost less if everything is done at the same time. For example, you might have to pay for three different containers for construction waste, when one larger container might suffice. The contractor in charge could maximize his time and the hiring of subcontractors. For example, a plumber could come once to work on the bathroom and the kitchen. Also, if the renovations are major and you have to leave the house, it will be better to leave one time instead of several different times. It will be less expensive and less inconvenient for you.

Keep the Old
Whether for the sake of economy or sentimentality, some people ask the contractor to keep old elements in place during a renovation. Sometimes this choice is wise because it adds value to the home or the item in question is very important to the person (for example, a brick wall, a fireplace, an original exposed beam, an old built-in piece of furniture, etc.). Other times, the item will only add more work to the contractor and complicate the finishing work. For example, some will ask to keep the old walls and simply cover them with an additional sheet of drywall. However, if the walls are crooked, the work of the plasterer and the carpenter (to install the moldings) will be much more difficult and time-consuming. Sometimes it’s better to do everything new!

Use Spaces Under Renovation
It is not always possible to leave your home during a renovation. However, if it is realistic, we encourage you to do so. This will make it easier for workers and save you the inconvenience of living in a temporarily disorganized place. If this option is not possible, you must find solutions to avoid using the spaces being renovated. These areas can be closed, and the rest of the house will be protected from dirt and dust. Why not set up a small outdoor kitchen with a propane stove? You can also use storage shelves to relocate kitchen items. It might also be a good idea to rent a small warehouse for the duration of the work if you have several pieces of furniture to move. Instead of congesting everything else in the house and having to constantly move things around, you can rent a small storage space monthly. It will take some effort to make this mini move, but you will live in a more organized house for the duration of the work, which brings peace of mind!

Work Without a Plan
A final pitfall that we suggest you avoid for a major renovation is working without using blueprints. Some skilled people have the ability to imagine and visualize the work being done. They manage to make a rough sketch and have an idea of the dimensions of the elements to be installed. However, things do not always go as planned. These unexpected items can add up to hours of extra work and money. If you do business with a general contractor, he will probably ask you for plans before starting a major job. If this is not the case, keep in mind that analysis of the environment and choice of materials will still be done during the process, and that the contractor will also cover the costs. In this case, you will probably be frequently approached by the contractor during the work in order to make decisions on the spot and make unforeseen choices.

If you avoid these pitfalls, your renovation project should go much more smoothly! You can then disprove the belief that renovations are painful and complex! Enjoy your renovations!

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