If you have noticed that your plaster is crumbling or you do not have quite as much space as you need for your growing family to live comfortably in your home, or maybe you want to create a reading nook, but you don’t know how to DIY it all, you might be thinking about paying for some renovations. If that is the case, and you want to be savvy about it, instead of spending over the odds to transform your humble abode, you need to be aware of these 6 things that can end up adding needless expenses to your renovation bill.
Are you gearing up to give your humble abode a facelift, but your wallet’s already trembling at the thought? Renovating can be as thrilling as a rollercoaster ride, but those costs can spiral faster than a dizzy toddler if you’re not careful. Let’s chat about a few cheeky culprits that can make your renovation bills balloon up like a birthday party gone wild!
1. Cowboy Builders: Yeehaw, but No Thanks!
First up, the notorious cowboy builders. These are the chaps who promise you the moon but deliver a lump of cheese instead. Hiring them is like betting your hard-earned cash on a three-legged horse; it’s risky! They might seem cheaper at first, but shoddy workmanship can lead to costly repairs down the line. Do your homework, get recommendations for excellent renovation builders, and avoid these wild west outlaws like the plague.
2. Changing Your Mind Mid-Reno
Ever popped into the supermarket for milk and come out with a trolley full of things you didn’t need? Changing your plans mid-renovation is kinda like that. Each alteration can add unexpected costs, so it’s crucial to stick to your guns (or your paintbrushes) once the work starts. Remember, decision indecision is a wallet’s nemesis!
3. Skimping on Materials
We all love a bargain, but scrimping on materials for your reno can be a false economy. Cheap paint might seem like a steal until it starts peeling off like sunburned skin. Invest in quality materials that won’t have you redoing everything faster than you can say “not again!”
4. Overdoing the DIY
Ah, DIY – the siren call for the frugal and brave. While doing it yourself can save money, biting off more than you can chew can end up costing you more. There’s a fine line between a DIY triumph and a ‘what on earth was I thinking?’ moment. Know your limits and call in the pros when needed.
5. Ignoring the Need for Permits
Skipping necessary permits to save money is like playing hide and seek with the council – and they’re good at this game. Getting caught without the right paperwork can lead to hefty fines and even having to undo your hard work. It’s about as fun as a rain-soaked picnic.
6. Following Fads Over Function
We’ve all seen those trendy home design fads that look fab in a magazine but are as practical as a chocolate teapot. Opting for the latest design craze over timeless, functional choices can lead to regret (and extra costs) when that trend fades faster than a British suntan.
As you can see, there are a lot of pitfalls you can easily plunge into when you are renovating your home, but as you can also see, it is totally possible to avoid them and transform your space in a way that is as frugal as it is satisfying, and I know which one sounds best to me!