We all want to live with our families in our dream homes. But building a dream home requires a lot of time, effort, money, and careful planning. So does its maintenance and care. And when the maintenance and repair works extend to every single corner of our home, we have to consider renovating our home so that all problems can be tackled at once.

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Like the construction of a dream home, the renovation of your dream home too can be time-consuming and costly if done without proper planning.

Even after extensive renovation and remodeling of their homes, homeowners can sometimes be completely unsatisfied with the result. To help you avoid this problem, we have compiled for you a list of dos and don’ts of home renovation. With this list in mind, you can avoid some of the common home renovation mistakes that homeowners make. So, continue reading as we list down the essential dos and don’ts of home renovation for you.

Dos

  1. Purchase electronic home appliances that are of high quality. It is a one-time investment if done correctly, so research well and buy products from trusted and reliable brands.
  2. You should always try to make your house eco-friendly and energy-efficient. It will help you to save hundreds of dollars on utility bills like electricity, water, and gas. Also, eco-friendly homes are good for health and well-being.
  3. Try to use neutral colors when designing the interiors of your home. Neutral colors like white, grey, beige, and brown make your home look big and spacious. Neutral colors also make your home look well-lit and clean.
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  4. You should consider a minimalist approach when renovating your home. Less is more. Reduce the amount of furniture and home décor where possible.
  5. Reuse and recycle old furniture, materials, and housewares as much as possible. You can easily paint over old furniture. With a few DIY tips and techniques, you can reuse your old houseware like lamps, chandeliers, curtains, and make them look brand new.
  6. It is always wise to start with the major repair works first. First, address the plumbing work, the floors that need digging, and roofs that are leaking. Then, move on to the designing work like painting, sanitary fixtures, furnishing, etc.
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  7. Keep in mind that you may go a little over your planned budget and timeline. Therefore, it is best to give yourself a margin of 20%. Always have money that is well beyond the 20% of your planned budget for the renovation. And if the contractor has given you a timeline of 3 months, then understand that if things don’t go according to the plan, the renovation work might stretch to 6 months or more.

Don’ts

  1. Don’t rely on friends and family to help you with your house renovation. Seek the advice of experts and hire a professional contractor or a home improvement company for major home renovations.
  2. Don’t compromise on quality just to save money. While purchasing the materials and home décor for your home, always go for the best quality products because you cannot afford to renovate your home after every 2-3 years. So, go for products that will give you a high return on investment (ROI).
  3. Don’t clutter your home with everything that’s trendy. Decide on your personal taste and only purchase items that suit your taste.
  4. Don’t prioritize style over comfort. Your home should be a space that is comfy, cozy, and intimate. Don’t make it look like the lobby of a 5-star hotel just to impress your guests. Opt for furniture and décor that speaks comfort.
  5. Avoid using bright and different colors in every single room of your home. Bright colors can make your home look small and dark.
  6. Don’t start renovation work in all the rooms at once. Go room by room, especially if you are living in your house while the renovation work is in progress. Turning the whole house upside down will make it impossible for you to live and renovate simultaneously.
  7. Don’t turn everything into a DIY project. Home renovation is a technical job so let the experts do it.