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3 renovation mistakes you want to avoid at all cost...

Home renovations are so unique to every taste - its impossible to create a simple "how to" guide... Having said that, there are common mistakes which can easily be avoided if you take your time and do a little research prior to embarking on the journey.

Below is a list of common mistakes which we at Renovate A Space have seen time and time again. Read on to save yourself a lot of time and money.

1. Partial renovations.

It's enticing to believe that you can get away with renovating half of your bathroom. What we're talking about here is a partial demolition of your current bathroom and leaving a portion of the bathroom untouched. The potential benefits are savings, because the builders are only doing a part of the job, so the client is intending to pay a portion of the whole price, not the whole price of the renovation.

The worst part of the above scenario is that there are actually some builders out there that will take on this type of work. Usually they want to be paid in cash (so they don't have to warrant their work) and foolishly, the clients are usually happy to pay cash as they believe that's another potential saving.

The main risk with this type of renovation is a breach of the water proof membrane. Suddenly, saving yourself a few bucks has the potential to cost you tens of thousands of dollars...

2. No advice, DIY.

It's not the worst thing in the world to take on a renovation by yourself, however there are certain jobs which are best seen to by experienced tradespeople.

The biggest and most common mistake we've seen is where a DIY'er starts the demolition of their renovation program, realises that there is no way they will be able to complete this renovation by themselves and is forced to call a builder to complete (and usually fix) their unfinished work.

Less common are completed renovations where the mistakes the DIY'er made are starting to show through glaringly.

Understanding the BCA (Building Code of Australia) and earning years of workmanship experience does not come "naturally" - building is commonly not a common-sense affair, so using yours and call a builder before you start.

3. Biting off more than you can ... afford.

Budget. Budget. Budget. This really comes down to planning.

Here's the process before you start the first room:

  1. Have it in mind how many rooms you intend to renovate.

  2. Put the rooms into stages. (for example: the two bathrooms can be one stage.)

  3. Work out how much each stage will cost.

  4. Add up the cost of all stages including likely time frames.

  5. Can you afford the total amount? If not, it's time to revise.

It is important to put rooms into stages because you may be able to afford your renovation if you spread out the renovation across 12 months or more - so just because you don't have the funds to complete the renovation immediately, does not mean that you are not able to save money for each stage.

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