Are you attempting a major renovation of your home? Then read on below to find out what are the top five mistakes you should not be committing!

1. Don’t bother when it is pointless – the number one rule that all renovation builders will agree upon is that you should not renovate a house which obviously needs to be taken down. By this we do not mean that an old house cannot be renovated – in fact, there are many historic houses centuries old which do very well with a number of regular renovations even to this day. Then what are we referring to? Simply those houses which are in a state that is beyond what renovations can salvage. It just happens that older homes fit this description more than modern ones. Consult with a home builder or architect first: what is his or her opinion? If they believe renovations are futile, then stick to that opinion, because they obviously know more than you do.

2. Don’t start without a plan – if you are a fan of ‘do it yourself’ overhauls, then this might be the one fault you might be guilty of. Home renovations are similar to constructing a house from scratch: they need a proper plan which needs to be adhered to at all times of the project. Hire a competent architect or contractor who can come up with an economic and sustainable plan for the renovation before you attempt any modifications.

3. Don’t overstretch your budget – if you ever decide to renovate your home, it basically means you have some funds to attempt such a project. And since those funds are certainly not unlimited, you will need to set a budget on how much you will be willing to spend on those renovations. Make sure that you stick to that budget: do not go too much over it and end up requiring loans to complete the project. Naturally, understand that construction projects will often cost more than what you originally planned – it would be a good idea to allocate some extra funds for such eventualities.

4. Don’t live in the house during the renovations – this is one mistake many people commit when renovating their homes, especially if they are major overhauls. Renovations can cause a lot of dust to kick up, in addition to having substances or materials which can potentially pose risks to health. Children and pets are more vulnerable to these risks, so consider temporarily relocating for the duration of the renovations.

5. Don’t change the plan too much – and lastly, to conclude: the modifications to plans so dreaded by builders. Homeowners are all guilty of a fickle mind when doing renovations, and it is nothing new to want to change the plan of the project once or twice during its course. However, make sure to not overdo it – or you will potentially cause your modifications to have detrimental effects in the end.