Renovating a home can be a difficult process. You will want to ensure that you are making the right decisions, not cutting corners, and that you keep your mind and budget focused on what you really want in your home.

Home renovations can range from small home improvements to complete home restorations. You might only need a few light fittings changed, you could be looking at revamping an entire bathroom or kitchen, or you might be ready to renovate every space inside and outside of your home.

Small and large renovations are of equal importance, and the same mistakes should be avoided. We have collected the top seven home renovation mistakes, to ensure that you stay on the right path, and that you are satisfied with the end result.

  1. Following trends. Remember that trends come and go. There is nothing wrong with adding unique features into your home, but they will need to be practical and stand the test of time.
  2. Feeling the pressure to impress people outside of your family. Remember that your home is personal to you. While you will need to consider its resale value, the most important thing is that you are happy with where you live. Forget about keeping up with the neighbors, and design your home for yourself.
  3. Buying everything new. If you are smart and savvy you can save money on fixtures that are still in perfect condition, but that are secondhand. Check out the different markets and remember that not everything needs to be new.
  4. Not sticking to your budget. A budget is important for all projects, because you will not want to get half way through and realize that you cannot finish it, or that you have spent money on the things that weren’t of top priority.
  5. Not considering everyone’s ideas. Your family will have different ideas on what makes a great home. Your job in the planning process is to listen to everyone, meet everyone’s needs as best as possible, and make compromises as required.
  6. Trying to do everything yourself. While you may consider yourself to be a handy person, it is important to use trade professionals as required, especially for electrical fittings and plumbing. You might be aiming to save costs by doing things yourself, but a great trade professional will ensure that you stick to your budget and get the results you require without any unfortunate delays or mistakes.
  7. Doing everything at once. While it is important that you consider the complete end result, your renovations might take a long time as you could decide to do them in stages. Try not to get impatient, and focus on what needs to be done first, and what you can afford first.