By Ema Globyte on Mar 31 2018

If you’re thinking of kick-starting a home renovation project, then you have probably spent a long-time planning and preparing for the improvements you’re about to make (we sure hope you have!).

However, we wouldn’t be doing our job well if we didn’t warn you about the potential pitfalls.

The painful truth is that, if you’re not an expert in the field, things can go awry. Remodelling mistakes happen more often than you think – and they can be a costly and unpleasant experience.

We wouldn’t like you to waste thousands of pounds correcting expensive remodelling errors, so we have listed the biggest home remodelling mistakes, along with some advice on how to avoid them.


1. Hiring a contractor that isn’t licensed

That’s a given, but hey – sometimes we all need a reminder. If you want something done professionally, hire a licensed professional.

Sure, getting ‘John’ – an unlicensed builder who you’ve heard does a ‘fine job’ – might cost you less because John doesn’t have to pay a licensing fee. But by hiring an unlicensed contractor you’re taking several risks that could cost you tens of thousands of pounds down the line.

For example, let’s say John injures a passer-by while carrying out works in your property. Who’s liable? Not John – you.

Someone who doesn’t have a licence will rarely have workers compensation insurance, meaning that once you hire them, you become their employer. So, if John happens to injure himself or there’s an accident while he’s working on your property – who gets to pay the price? You guessed it. You.

Oh, and if you ever think of selling the property, having hired an unlicensed contractor could damage its value.

When you’re selling a home, you must disclose specific facts to the buyers. Having hired an unlicensed contractor to carry out any building works could reduce the value of the property. So… don’t hire an unlicensed contractor – it’s not worth it.

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2. Skipping inspections

This mistake is often made because of too much confidence – and wanting to cut the costs where they shouldn’t be cut.

Yes, most inspections won’t be free, but investing in them is a must. The ultimate goal of your project is to successfully complete it and achieve a result that you’re proud of. To improve the property you live in or have plans to sell, without making costly mistakes.

In fact, you should do yourself a favour and arrange every kind of inspection you can think of (electrical, structural, plumbing, etc.).

Inspections will make sure you are doing things right – and that the money and time you are investing in the project aren’t being chucked down the drain.

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3. Compromising on the quality of your materials

Spending less on your home remodelling project is always going to be tempting – just like an item that’s on sale will be more appealing than one that’s sold at full price.

But buying cheaper, poor quality materials is one of the biggest home remodelling mistakes you can make.

You might be saving money initially, but in the long run, using materials that have poorer quality will result in more loss than gain.

Quality materials will outlast the cheap ones – that’s a fact.

They will almost certainly guarantee a better result – another fact.

There’s nothing wrong with picking up a good quality material in the bargain aisle – we all get lucky every once in a while. But make sure you’re buying quality materials – using poor quality materials isn’t worth it, even if you’re only paying a fraction of the cost.

Whether it’s a newer and nicer home to return to at the end of the day, or a property with a higher sale value – your project will go a lot smoother (and will cost you less) if you avoid these home remodelling mistakes.

Saving money may be appealing – but it shouldn’t be at the cost of achieving a successful project outcome.

Now – let’s get to work and do things right!