Home Renovation: Where Do Most Projects Go Wrong?

One thing you’ve probably noticed about those home renovation TV shows is that nothing ever goes exactly as planned. There are always problems and challenges, because it wouldn’t be entertaining otherwise. It’s actually seeing things go wrong (and later corrected, in some way) that gets our attention as viewers.

But as homeowners investing in our own renovation projects, we’d like them to be as far away from reality TV as possible. We really would like them to be boring, without any major problems. Unfortunately though, this is often not the case. There comes a point in many home renovation projects when things take a wrong turn, and problems begin to compound as a result. Here are some of the most common.

1. When the contractor is chosen

A lot of people don’t realize this, but it’s fairly obvious when you look at it logically. The process of choosing a home renovation contractor is critically important, and when you sign with a given contractor, so many aspects of your renovation are determined in that moment. From staying on budget, to ensuring the right materials, to addressing any flaws that may be identified later — working with a quality contractor makes a huge difference across the board. By contrast, signing with contractor whose reputation is questionable is the beginning of a whole laundry list of potential problems.

2. When the plans are signed off

Signing off on plans before you’re absolutely sure is another wrong turn for home renovations, and it happens more often than you might expect. People may feel pressure to accept the designs of a renovator or architect, but it’s always more important to nail the designs completely, and make sure you’re getting what you really want.

3. When the materials are chosen

Everybody wants to save a buck, and trying to maximize your renovation budget is only natural — especially since the average home renovation (large scale, multiple rooms) can easily surpass the $30,000 mark. But trying to stretch your budget should never come at the cost of quality materials. This approach may seem good in the short term, but it leaves you liable to problems down the line.

4. When the measurements are made

If you’re working with an experienced professional, measurements should never be a problem. The pros know how important it is to be absolutely meticulous about measurements. If you’re going for a DIY renovation, however — and you don’t have much experience with this kind of project — it’s much easier to make mistakes. And if mistakes are made in key measurements, the project can definitely go off course.

Keep your projects on course!

It’s certainly true that hiring the right contractor can save you a whole lot of stress and frustration when it comes to renovating your home. If you’re going DIY, it helps to get professional advice before you start, and plan your steps carefully. Either way, stopping mistakes before they happen — and especially before they become truly difficult to rectify — is an important aspect of home renovation work.