Home Reno Mistakes to Avoid

Don’t Make These Home Reno Mistakes

Whether you are updating your house to sell, or simply for your own pleasure, avoid these common renovation mistakes to get the most out of your home.

home reno mistakes ignoring your front yardIgnoring Your Trees

Unkempt and overgrown shrubs, bushes, and trees are not only an outdoor eyesore; They can block light from getting into your home, obscure beautiful views, and promote the growth of nasty mould. Some basic landscaping to prune back greenery is a very inexpensive way to freshen your home’s appearance.

Putting in Fancy Upgrades First

Most people know that the upgrading the kitchen can bring a huge return on investment - and lots of personal enjoyment. But putting in granite countertops and new cabinets won’t win over buyers, or your spouse, if the faucet is leaky, the wiring is shot, and the HVAC system doesn’t work. Address the basics first, and make sure that everything in your house is safe and functioning properly.

A Boring Front Door

front doorFirst impressions are everything. Your front door should reflect the rest of the house: it should be in good repair, with fresh (not chipping!) paint, a working doorbell, and preferably a covered section so you can stay out of the rain while you fumble for your keys. Even if you aren’t looking to sell, a beautiful front door can make coming home that much more enjoyable.

 

 

Going TOO Neutral

wall muralHaving neutral walls and tiles can help prospective buyers project their own design ideas on the house. However, a beige-laden house will blend in with every other house the buyer tours. And if you aren’t looking to sell, why settle for a house that doesn’t reflect your personality? A few tastefully placed custom design pieces - such as an understated wall mural in place of a painting - can make your house unique.

Not Enough Space

Even if your house has a large square footage, too many divisions can make a space feel small and cramped. Knocking down a few non-structural walls can drastically change the feel of your entire home. Opening up the kitchen to the dining room or living room can help the flow of the house work more naturally, let in more light, and give the illusion of more space. And do not feel that a kitchen must have an island: if there isn’t enough room, an island can just take up otherwise usable space.

If you can’t knock down any walls, de-cluttering your counters can add space to smaller kitchens. Ditch the wine fridge, double oven, rice cooker, and other small appliances to make room on your counters.

Trendy Ins and Outs

red kitchenThat bright red refrigerator may be in this year, but before you’ve had a chance to go through a jar of pickle relish, it will be a dated eyesore. Just like clothing and shoes, trends come and go in home décor. Don’t get caught in the trend cycle! Going “green” is one of the few trends that will go the distance - but don’t expect stainless steel appliances and open shelving to stand the test of time.

 

 

 

 

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Being strategic with your renovations can ensure that your house lives up to its full potential.

Invest in good quality materials, opt for more classic styles, and build for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

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