5 home renovation mistakes and how to avoid them


Starting a new project is an exciting time, but in order for things to go as smoothly as possible, it’s really important that you’re aware of the most common home renovation mistakes, and how you can avoid making them yourself.

Below, we’ve put together a list of 5 mistakes you should try and avoid making during your next home renovation project. You should do as much research on the project as you can so that you know exactly what you need and can obtain it for the lowest price.

Then, when you’re ready to get started, speak to a skilled tradesperson in your local area to request a quote.


Not doing enough research

As obvious as it might sound, not planning sufficiently before beginning a project is one of the biggest mistakes homeowners regularly make.

It’s vital that you plan for your project thoroughly. Define your goals (is it more functionality, energy efficiency or to create space?). You can then use these goals to guide your project. Think about everything, from storage to ventilation and how much natural light you need. Proper research will ensure you establish an accurate timeline. Proper research will ensure you establish an accurate timeline.

Underestimating your budget for the renovation work

Another reason planning is crucial is that it helps you understand how much things might end up costing you, as well as additional factors that might increase the overall spend.

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A big mistake homeowners make is to not account for hidden issues like plumbing or structural problems that can cause your budget to increase during renovations. You should create a contingency to cover any unexpected problems that may arise. Simply request a quote to get started.


Not checking if you need planning permission or other permits

Not everyone knows that certain projects require you to apply and obtain permits or planning permission before you can get started. You may need to apply for permits and planning permissions well before the project starts. Some permissions are up to 8-12 weeks. or you’ll be at risk of having to undo any works you started without the permits.

To find out more about whether or not your project will need a permit, check out our planning permission guide.

Picking the wrong tradesperson

Picking the wrong tradesperson can lead to a range of problems, including disputes, delays and even a poorly completed job.

To avoid choosing the wrong person, make sure you do your research, verify (where necessary) that the tradesperson has the right credentials, and most importantly, check their references. On Rated People, you can read all of a tradesperson’s reviews on their page before you hire them, so that you can have peace of mind that other homeowners approved of their services.

Alongside this, a mistake homeowners often make is to opt to go down the DIY route for projects that should really be handled by an expert. We only advise you to do a DIY project if it is something that you are confident about. This could lead to expensive repairs or work in the future. For everything else, leave it to our skilled tradespeople.

We recommend you request a few quotes to get a good sense of how much your project might cost you. Find a rated tradesperson today to get started on your next project.

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Choosing the wrong materials

From ceramic kitchen tiles to stainless steel bathroom fixtures, when it comes to picking materials, the options are nearly endless!

Though you can certainly renovate on a budget and without spending huge amounts on fancy materials, choosing poor quality fixtures is often a mistake that homeowners make, and that costs them in the long run when things break and need replacing.

To find a durable but affordable option, research materials and learn about the pros and cons of your top choices, so you can make an informed decision about which to pick. Look for online deals that could reduce your purchase costs. The materials you pick should be ready to deal with your home’s lifestyle and interior design.

Lastly, though choosing the trendiest materials can make your home seem modern, we recommend you don’t focus too heavily on trends either, but instead choose what you actually like and will continue to like in the long run.

The best way to avoid making any of the above home renovation mistakes is to research thoroughly before you start your project. You’re on the right track if you’re even reading this! Check out our cost guides and planning permission guide for more information on prices and permits, so you can avoid getting disappointed by unexpected costs and delays to your renovation.