Taking on any home renovation project can be a big move to make.  But renovation is a much more cost-effective option compared to building from the ground up. It is also a great way to get a home in a desirable neighborhood without paying a fortune for it. Whatever the case may be, you need to make sure you avoid some of the common issues homeowners face when it comes to renovations.

While there are certainly plenty of mistakes that can be made when it comes to renovating your home, these are some of the most common ones.

  • Using cheap material– Like everything else in life, you get what you pay for. Either have enough to do it or wait and save more money to do it the right way. Inferior materials will make for a cheap home and could detract from the property value instead of adding to it.
  • Losing track of the budget– Too many people make the mistake of either not sticking to the budget plan or simply not bothering to have a budget. Without a budget you could end up running out of finances before the project is complete.
  • Incorrect measurements– We have all heard the saying “measure twice, cut once”. There is a good reason for this saying, and you should certainly follow it if you do not want to end up making some costly and time-consuming mistakes.
  • Ignoring the lighting– Natural lighting is a terrific feature and of course it disappears with sundown.  Many homeowners forget to consider what the home needs on dark days or once the sun sets. It is better to have too much lighting that you will not need to use than not planning for enough and trying to add it after the fact.
  • Too trendy or too bold with colors– Trends fade and obscure color choices grow old quickly.  The last thing you want to do is base major decisions of your home on details like this. There is nothing wrong with adding decor details that reflect design or color trends, just be sure to make them details that are easy to change or replace without tearing down walls or costing a fortune.
  • Choosing the wrong windows– Your doors and windows are the only aspect of your home that impacts both the interior and exterior design elements. Yet it is a common mistake to choose these items based on budget not aesthetics or functionality. This is one area you should certainly not skimp on!


The best way to avoid these or any other mistakes when renovating your home is to use careful planning techniques. And this is most-easily accomplished by hiring a professional remodeling contractor to take care of the job for you. Find a reputable company who will work closely with you, and who will make sure things go as planned and within the budget.