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6 Tips to Avoid Home Renovation Problems

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Six must-do’s before renovating

While investing in your home does improve its value, renovating can have its challenges. Here are 6 do’s and don’ts to avoid home renovation problems.

  1. Before starting anything, scour the web for inspiration and ideas (see some of our website recommendations). Having a clear idea of what you want will save you money in the long run.
  2. Don’t use your entire budget. Keep 20% aside - 10% for surprises along the way and the other 10% for decorating.
  3. Manage your expectations when it comes to the deadline for completion. Unforeseen delays occur regardless of the amount of planning, so take a deep breath and carry on.
  4. If you can afford to, move out. There is a lot of noise and dust in renovating. Moving out will ensure a healthier family and more room for the contractors to work.
  5. Don’t DIY when it comes to plumbing and wiring unless you are a certified professional. You will require an electrical certificate when selling and for insurance.
  6. Consider hiring a project manager. They will take the stress out of coordinating contractors and builders etc. and will ensure your vision becomes a reality.

The information here will prevent you from being taken advantage of by a builder or contractor and advise you on the best course of action.


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