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Renovating is a big job. It’s stressful, it’s messy, and there’s no guarantee that everything will work out the way you envision it. However, if you want to really enjoy your renovation and make sure everything goes smoothly, there are some things that homeowners should be aware of before they start working with contractors or demolishing walls. Here are some common mistakes people make when renovating their homes.

Skipping the inspections

You should always have a professional inspect your property before settlement. Inspections are important because they ensure that the work is done right, and they can also help you get a good deal on your renovation. Most importantly, though, inspections can help you avoid problems later on.

For instance, a routine checkup of the current HVAC system will allow you to determine whether there is a need for investing in a new, high-performing heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. If so, it’s important to keep in mind that AC installations, for example, can be messy and lead to leaks and punctures on many occasions. This, in turn, can result in a more expensive renovation overall.

Not getting a receipt for your deposit

Receipts are important for more than just keeping track of your expenses. You also need them to file your taxes, as they can help you confirm that you’ve spent the money on renovations and not something else. That might be hard to do if your contractor doesn’t give a receipt that shows which invoice(s) were paid with the deposit since it’s likely all lumped together as one sum.

If there is ever any dispute about who paid for what work or when, having a receipt will help you prove your case.

Accepting a Verbal Contract

You should never sign a contract without having it reviewed by a lawyer.

A verbal contract is not enforceable in court. If you enter into a verbal agreement, you can’t force the other party to make good on their promise. This means that any oral agreements made between you and your contractor will probably not hold up in court if something goes wrong later on down the line after work has been completed or materials have been purchased and paid for by you.

Be sure to get everything in writing (or at least email) before work begins so that both sides are clear about what is expected from each side during the renovation process—and how much each side will be contributing financially toward the project costs.

Not making sure you have other estimates first

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Getting an estimate from a contractor is the first step in any renovation project. It’s also one of the most important ones, as it will give you a good idea of how much your project will cost and what kind of budget you need to work with. But if you’re new to this process or don’t know where to start, then getting an accurate estimate can be difficult and frustrating.

First things first: always get at least three estimates before choosing a contractor. When comparing prices, ask each contractor for their estimate by breaking down all costs associated with labor, materials (including any extra fees), taxes, and permits so there are no surprises when they submit their final invoice at the end of an already expensive renovation project! After narrowing down our options based on price alone, take time out from looking after renovations so that we have time left over later; this way there won’t be too much stress during those last two weeks before moving back into our house after having lived out-of-state for 2 years while building one from scratch!

Not paying attention to how much your renovation is going to cost you as a homeowner

It is possible for you to renovate your home and still be able to afford it, but you need to know how much the project will cost. How much does it cost to have a bathroom renovated? How much does it cost to have a kitchen renovated? How much does it cost to have a basement renovated? And how much does it cost when you convert your basement into an apartment and want someone else living in your house while they do the work? All these questions point towards one thing—you should do some homework before starting your home renovation project!

You need answers that can only come from specific companies that specialize in this type of work. These are contractors who know every aspect of what goes into these projects, as well as how long they take and what materials are needed for each one. They will also give you an estimate of how much they would charge if they were hired by you.

Trying to do the work on your own if you’re not qualified

As you probably know, many DIY projects can be dangerous. If you’re not skilled in a particular trade or craft, then there’s a good chance you could end up hurting yourself—or worse, someone else. And if that does happen and someone gets hurt, it could lead to serious legal complications for you.

One way or another, by trying to save money on your renovation project by doing it yourself rather than hiring a professional (or paying them extra), there are some distinct risks:

  • You may end up paying more in the long run if the project turns out badly because of the mistakes and errors that have been made along the way;
  • You might get injured by accident while doing something incorrectly (or even just through carelessness);
  • Your valuable time is being spent away from other activities that would otherwise be profitable to your business (or other personal interests).

Forgetting about things like permits and legalities that could cause issues later on

  • As much as you may want to, don’t buy a house that doesn’t have all the permits and legalities in place. You will end up spending more money on things like inspections and renovations than you should have, and the process of getting them all done could take months.
  • If you’re leasing a property to renovate, make sure it is legal for a tenant to live there before signing anything or handing over any money. There are lots of people who try to get away with renting out their homes without having proper permitting in place—which can lead to some big consequences!

Showing up at the wrong time during construction

If you’re considering getting a renovation project done, it’s essential to show up at the right time. You can have a disaster on your hands if you don’t! But what exactly is the right time?

The worst time to show up is when there are still workers at your house, and they haven’t had enough coffee yet. This usually happens in the morning as they drag themselves out of bed or later in the day when it’s just too hot outside for them to be working hard. If you see a crew putting ladders up against your house, but no one is currently climbing on them or leaning over edges with tools in their hands—then this is probably not an ideal time for you to arrive.

However, if there are no workers around—and if all their tools are neatly organized on racks outside—you might want to go ahead and stop by anyway. This may mean that everything has been finished for a while now; so why not take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts? You could also ask friends who live nearby what times work best for them and try those out whenever possible (or vice versa).


If you’ve taken the time to read this article, we hope it has helped you avoid these common mistakes. We know from experience that an unprepared homeowner can be a nightmare to deal with and cause unnecessary delays in your renovation project. So we hope that by avoiding these errors now, you’re on your way to having a great experience and a beautiful new space!