Renovating a home, when not done well, can be a nightmare. Not only is it a very large investment, but you also have to rely on many different professionals to make a project that you may not have any technical knowledge about.
If your goal is to sell the house after renovating it, it’s very important that you make sure you don’t make a mistake, as it could be very expensive. If you want your renovations to go well, these are the mistakes you should avoid.
Not knowing what you want.
Planning is the key to success in many areas, and also when renovating your home. Before you start throwing down walls, take the time to sit down and decide what you need, what you are going to do, what priorities you have, and how the reform will affect you in the future. Don’t try to undertake too many tasks at once; it’s better to make a single reform, and do it well, than to try to reform the entire house and waste your time and money.
When making the plan, you may discover that the wall you wanted to get rid of is a load-bearing wall, or that the kitchen model you have fallen in love doesn’t fit well into your life. The planning moment is the best time to change your mind as many times as you need, since afterwards, once the renovations have begun, it will be a lot more difficult.
Besides, that way you will anticipate possible problems that may arise, and have a solution prepared at the right time.
Calculating the budget incorrectly.
Very related to the previous point, it’s very important to calculate your budget before starting the renovations. The more exact the number, the better: Call architects, electricians, plumbers, decorators, and any professional who will be involved in your reform, and ask for budgets for what you want to do. Thanks to your plan, you should be able to get a fairly accurate budget.
Always calculate that the reform will cost more than you think, so once you have the estimate of everything you want to do, add 10% to 20% for contingencies.
Piece of advice, we recommend that you allocate more budget to what you will be interacting with more, such as the cupboards or the kitchen, and less to decorative themes such as lamps or tiles.
Choosing badly who makes the renovations.
Just as you wouldn’t choose lightly someone to take care of your family, or be your doctor, don’t choose lightly when it comes to the procedures related to your home, renovations included. Make sure that the company or companies that you hire for your reform have all their documents in order, examine the projects they have done before to see if they fit with what you want, and compare everything that each one offers you.
A very common mistake is to choose the cheapest company, and not the best one. It may happen that the best is the most economical, but in general, the popular saying is not mistaken: You get what you pay for.
If after comparing several offers you hesitate between two, choose the company that makes you the most comfortable. The renovations will be a lot better if you feel you can speak freely with the people who are working in your home and there is good communication between you and them.
Ignoring the law.
Renovating your home means asking for a lot of permits, getting licenses and paying taxes. If you don’t inform yourself, or worse, if you openly ignore the law, you may end up receiving a fine or having to leave the work unfinished.
It’s likely that if you’ve chosen your reform company well, they will take care of the legal issues. Even so, if you prefer to make sure of everything on your own, go to the town hall of your city to get informed.
Lastly, although there’s no legal obligation, it’s better to let your neighbours know that you’re going to start the renovations. Especially in a place like Torrevieja, where many of those apartments can be for holiday use, or rentals, it’s a good idea to let people know so they can make their plans.
Letting yourself be carried away by your tastes.
To each their own, and precisely for that reason, when renovating your home you have to try to maintain a tone as neutral as possible. It’s better that you save personal details for items that can be easily removed, such as decoration and furniture, and ensure that things that are difficult to change can be attractive to anyone.
Be sure to look for the function before aesthetics, and don’t get carried away by current design trends, as they could change at any time.
This way, when selling your home, you will ensure that the renovations really increase the value of it, instead of making things difficult because you have customized everything too much.