Fail to Plane – Plan to Fail

We have produced this guide to express our experiences. Obviously it’s our opinion, but we feel it is correct and accurate. 

Unless you plan properly, you may find yourself out of your depth and in expensive territory

Even if you’re anxious to get started, DO NOT RUSH IN! Don’t underestimate the scope of a home renovation project. Mistakes are common and costly, and if you don’t plan ahead of time, you’ll quickly find yourself in over your head, with increased costs and over running in time and schedule. 

Here are 7 of the most typical blunders, along with tips on how to avoid them. 

1. A lack of preparation 

Before your builder arrives on site, make sure you’ve chosen and agreed on all of your fixtures and fittings. Waiting to choose something “just in time” exposes you to delays in shipping, change of specification. In 3 years time it will not matter of the item was “this” years hot item. 

Tiles, flooring, sanitaryware, kitchens, windows, and other fixtures & fittings are examples. You will know what everything costs and have everything ready when the builder needs it if you choose these items early in the process, reducing the need to make on-the-spot judgments. 

2. Making hasty purchases and judgments 

There are measures to take to ensure everything goes according to plan, whether it’s a small kitchen makeover or a major house restoration and addition. It may be tempting to take advantage of the sale and begin purchasing tiles right away. However, you should not purchase anything until your layouts are complete and you are certain of what you’re doing. If you make a hasty purchase, you may find yourself having to fit your design around something you wish you hadn’t bought. 

3. Being unconcerned about the future 

It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of creating a home to meet your immediate requirements, particularly if you have small children. When your children are toddlers, having a lot of open-plan spaces may seem like a good idea. However, as your children grow, your demands may vary, so it’s critical that you plan ahead and incorporate some flexibility into your home. When those young babies grow up and want their own room, the plan should work just as well. 

4. Failing to seek objective advice 

When refurbishing, try not to get too sentimental. It’s not always a valid justification to keep something just because it’s been there for a long time. Similarly, planning a layout based on how you now utilise your home will not result in a well-functioning space. 

Examine your goals and devise the best strategy for achieving them. It’s an excellent idea to hire an expert to assist you. They will have an unbiased opinion on your home and will be able to advise you on the best way to attain the outcomes you desire.

5. Failing to match your desires to your budget 

Make careful to set a reasonable budget and be willing to make concessions if necessary. It’s tempting to get carried away and try to fit everything on your wish list into your budget, but you’ll rapidly run out of money. When making selections, keep your budget in mind at all times. 

Prepare a budget before you begin construction and set aside enough contingency cash to cover unforeseen costs, such as discovering damp or structural difficulties. Be honest with your architect, designer, or contractor about your budget.They’ll work with you to adjust the scope of work to fit the budget you’ve set. An expert staff can assist you in compromising in such a way that you obtain the most value and return for your money. Being cost-conscious is preferable to running out of money in the middle of a project. Regardless of how much money a client has, sacrifices must always be made, in my experience.

6. Hiring the incorrect contractor 

You should never hire a contractor purely on the basis of price, and you should never hire the first contractor you meet. In reality, the lowest bid should be thoroughly investigated, it nearly always omits required items that are costly to incorporate. You should always receive at least two quotes and spend some time analysing and comparing them before making a decision. Make sure each contractor has a clear brief and scope of work to ensure you’re comparing apples to apples. Finally, double-check any references and, if feasible, talk to prior clients or see their work in person.

7. Overspending on the wrong things 

The areas where you should invest the most are those that will have the most impact on your quality of life and enjoyment of your property. If your property is cold, for example, you should save money on pricey finishes and reduce insulation. Invest now in anything that will be costly to repair later, then cut back on superficial goods that can be replaced or added later, is a solid rule of thumb.