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December 20, 2019 at 9:23 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Here Are The Top Home Renovation Mistakes To Avoid

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When it comes to renovating your Auckland home, the last thing you want to do is make mistakes. Unfortunately, home renovation is a big project that can easily get out of hand. So before you raise the hammer or hire the contractors, here are some of the top home renovations mistakes to avoid.

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Doing it yourself

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Not surprisingly, this is one of the most common mistakes people make when planning to renovate their home.

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Doing home improvement projects yourself is not only a way to show that you are handy with tools, but it is also a way to save a few bucks, and for some people, breaking things down and building them back is a hobby. But it is not every home improvement project that can be done as a DIY activity.

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The truth is that it is possible to overestimate your DIY abilities and underestimate the scale of the renovations work. When this happens, instead of ending up with your dream home, you end up with a nightmare.

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Of course, you can do some of the simpler tasks, such as removing wallpapers, replacing faulty electrical fixtures, refinishing the cabinets, and even demolitions, but when it comes to the complex aspect of the project, especially the structural parts, it is best you leave these for the professionals.

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Ignoring local building regulations

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Every area has a set of laid down rules and regulations that govern how people build. In some areas, this is known as the building codes or building regulations.

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Before you begin any renovation, it is important that you find out the building codes, regulations or zoning laws that apply to your project, because even if you are doing the work by yourself, you may still need to apply for and get a permit before you can start work.

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This is especially important for renovations work that affects the structure of your house as well as electrical and fire safety. Failure to get the necessary permits and meet the relevant building laws may put you in trouble with the law.

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Poor budgeting

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Before you commence any renovation project, you must have first sat down to determine how much the project will need. Maybe you even got some quotes from contractors and tradesmen that helped you arrive at your final budget. Unfortunately, when it comes to building a house from scratch or renovating one, there is nothing like a final budget.

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Even the best contractors and designers are always revisiting their budgets to account for changes in market prices of materials, an increase in labour costs, and so on. So, if you set a fixed budget and stick to it, you may have money problems before the work is done.

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The rule of thumb is to be optimistic with your estimates and allow for between 10% to 15% extra funds when planning your budget. This extra money should be enough for any unplanned events or project running behind schedule.

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Ignoring your instinct

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In the first point, we talked about not doing serious renovations by yourself. To get the home of your dreams, it is important that you engage the services of a professional building contractor who will bring in qualified workers to handle your project.

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But it is not enough to read contractor profiles on their website, you have to confirm that the individual or company you want to work with is qualified to handle your renovation. To choose the right Auckland renovations for your home, be sure to check for the relevant licenses and insurance. You should also ask to see a portfolio of some of the projects they have handled in the past.

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If you dont feel right about a contractor go with your instinct and look elsewhere. It is important that you hire someone you can trust; therefore you should definitely follow your guts when hiring a building contractor.

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Being unrealistic

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Finally, another mistake you should avoid when planning for or renovating your Auckland home is being unrealistic. Being unrealistic with your renovations can happen in different ways. For example, you can be unrealistic with the results you expect and this can cause friction between the contractor and yourself.

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While it is true that you have the major say in the designs and plans for your new house, the contractor knows best how to implement your designs and plans, and trying to impose your will may only cause needless delays.

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It is also unrealistic to expect your house to look like what you saw on Pinterest when you are only carrying out minor renovations in different areas of the house. Of course, the contractor and workers will do their best to give you a good result, but unless you want to tear the entire house down and start from scratch, there is only so much you can get when you renovate.

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