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10 Most Common Renovation Mistakes

10 Most Common Renovation Mistakes

Posted by John C. on 2021-06-29

Homeowners often make 10 common mistakes when renovating their kitchens or bathrooms. These easy-to-make mistakes can extend project timelines and hurt your bottom line. Having a list of what not to do can help save time and money!

Listing the 10 most common things homeowners should avoid helps ensure that you don't have any unpleasant surprises during a bathroom or kitchen remodel. Read on for more information about these important tips!


10. Skimping on Cabinet Storage

Storage solutions can be found in every room of the home, but they don't have to live there. For example, if you're looking for an awesome pantry or pull-out cabinets just take a look around your kitchen and see what's best suited! If you can find something that makes it more convenient, then why not use other rooms with storage options too?

It doesn't need to limit them from their original purpose; instead small spaces like bathrooms are given larger than life without being too big for any sized space at all!


9. Running Out Of Time

You never know what to expect when you renovate, but it's always a little scary. It seems like all the time and money in the world is being spent on your home with these renovations- can't afford one more thing! But as long as you take into account that things are going to go wrong along the way (as they inevitably will), everything should turn out well. Just remember: if something goes wrong with a renovation project, don't panic because there's always another solution.

Creating a schedule and budget at the beginning of your project can help you avoid this pitfall!


8. Don’t Choose Your Appliances Last

Planning to renovate your kitchen? Start with the appliances. Once you've found what appeals most, it'll be easy for cabinets and countertops because they will all match! If you go about designing everything else first and then choose a dishwasher or fridge; chances are high these expensive pieces won't fit into an inexpensive setup so spend wisely this time around when planning your dream kitchen renovation.

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7. Not Getting A Permit

Permits are a must if you want to do certain projects on your home. They make sure that the public's health and safety are ensured as well as ensure uniformity in the quality of construction, which makes it easier for evaluators should you choose or need to sell later down the road!


6. Don’t Skimp On Things You Can't See

It's tempting to cut corners on the things that go unseen, like your kitchen and bathroom infrastructure. But don't! It'll cost you more in repairs along the way if it goes unchecked.

If you don't take care of the little things, they'll grow into bigger problems. Your kitchen and bathroom are just as important to invest in because neglecting them could lead to more work than necessary down the line for yourself or someone else who may need access later on.


5. Not Ordering Extra Flooring

When ordering flooring, the most important thing to remember is that you can never have enough. It's not uncommon for there to be a few cuts or breakages during installation, so it’s always better to order an extra 15-20% of what your measurements tell you just in case. Delays are also common, which means if you have to order more flooring material, you could be looking at extended timelines and additional expenses.


4. Don’t Be Too Trendy

A large, traditional kitchen with dark cabinets.

One of the toughest decisions you'll face when remodeling your kitchen or bathroom is deciding how it should look. For example, a more subtle and traditional style will stay popular for longer than something flashy with bright colors that are out-of-style now. However, this doesn't mean to say that there's no room in every home for bolder styles—there just needs to be an awareness of what kind of long-term plan you have!

One way designers can help people make these tough choices is by helping them think about their future plans too: if they want resale value down the line or not; do they want less maintenance? Kitchen and bathroom trends come and go, but they can bring down property values if the style is less desirable by prospective buyers than it was originally.


3. Having A Budget That Is Too Low

The cost of a bathroom remodel or kitchen renovation can be difficult to estimate, but with the help of this handy calculator, you will have an idea of what it might take. It is important that your budget has space for any unforeseen costs and add about 5%-20% more than the amount you think is needed so nothing goes wrong if something unexpected pops up in construction time.


2. Hiring A Cheap Contractor

A contractor is an excellent investment for any remodeling or renovation project. Not only will they help you make the necessary renovations, but their workmanship and professionalism can also give a whole new look to any room in your house. But how do we know which ones are reputable contractors?

A good place to start would be checking out reviews online from previous clients of theirs that have worked with them before; this way, you'll already get some idea if the company has done quality jobs in past projects that could potentially lead into something similar-looking like yours!


1. Getting Your Cabinetry Measurements Wrong

A person measuring the cabinet face.

You can avoid costly mistakes by measuring and re-measuring before making a purchase! When people don't do this, they sometimes realize after buying the cabinet that their fridge or dishwasher doesn't fit. By taking time to measure beforehand you will save yourself from an expensive mistake in your kitchen design work!


Final Thoughts

Regardless of how far along the process you are on your renovation project, having a solid plan is vital to any job. It’s important that you remember that every choice has an impact and can increase or decrease your home's value depending on what it entails.

For example, adding walk-in showers or double vanities during a bathroom renovation will most likely raise its overall worth with buyers because they know there was thought put into this specific upgrade. Similarly, if kitchen cabinets were upgraded to solid wood cabinets or stainless steel appliances, then the overall value of the home is likely to increase.

If you are ready to start ordering or if you need assistance, please feel free to give us a call at 1-855-669-5222 or an email at info@cabinetnow.com. Our team of cabinet experts can help you with everything from measuring to ordering.