Is it time to remodel your Florida home? More often than not, you’re only going to remodel a home once so you want to make sure you are doing it right from the start! One mistake can cost you time and money – not to mention could affect your resale value. Whether you’ve hired a contractor or are taking it on as DIY project, here are a few Orlando Florida home renovation mistakes to avoid.
Not Planning Ahead
Don’t rush into a remodel. A proper renovation takes careful planning to be successful. Start by creating a master plan and budget. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to low-ball their budget. Don’t set out with an unrealistic number. You should consider a budget that is 20% more than expectations to allow for a cushion, as unexpected issues can arise at any time. Another common planning misstep is inaccurate measurements. Always double and triple check the measurements before you commit to cabinetry, appliances, flooring, etc.
Doing it on the Cheap
As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for,” and this is especially true when it comes to home renovations. Don’t skimp! This applies to everything from materials and tools to hiring a contractor. Make sure you are purchasing quality materials, using the appropriate tools, and are vetting out your contractor. Never go with the lowest bid just to save money. You’re taking on a major investment – make it a sound and quality one!
Forgetting About Lighting
Don’t ignore the light! This is a common oversight but can be a costly one. Lighting affects everything from the color of paint to the overall ambiance of the room. It’s worth the time to investigate what works best and invest in proper lighting fixtures/styles for every room type.
Being Too Trendy
Beware of jumping on the latest trend(s). More often than not, the trendier the something is, the sooner it will go out of style. This is especially true when it comes to resale value as it will be less appealing to the masses.
Not Including Sufficient Storage Space
Storage is critical to buyers and resale value. Think twice before sacrificing closet space for an additional bathroom or converting the basement or attic into extra rooms.
Why spend all this money on aesthetics when you fail to acknowledge the core of the house. If the home has outdated electrical wiring, plumbing, HVAC unit, or insulation – don’t skip the update! You need to keep the core up to date as well as the design and décor. Why update only to keep dated systems in place. Do it right from the start. You might want to consider going green with your appliances and windows while you’re at it. These energy efficient updates will save you money in the long run and increase your resale value.
Orlando Florida Home Renovation Mistakes
Keep these Orlando Florida home renovation mistakes to avoid in mind when you start planning your remodel. And remember, don’t rush into it, expect delays, have realistic expectations, and add some cushion to that budget! Contact us for a free consultation on your home renovation plans. As experienced Orlando home building and renovation experts, we can help you make smart decisions about your investment.