These Are the Most Common Mistakes by First-Time Renovators

Lauren Powell
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As our love for interiors continually grows, as does our dream of renovating our perfect abode. And while we’d love to skip to the end Instagram-worthy result, the renovation process is inevitable. If you’re lucky enough for said renovation dream to become a reality, there are a few key lessons to be learnt from fellow first-time renovators before you create your own real-life version of The Block.

Enter, Josh Mammoliti the founder of The Blue Space—an e-commerce website that guarantees kitchen and bathroom renovations to be stress-free—who knows the top regrets from renovators all too well. As well as pouring your heart and soul into your design, details, and fixtures, Mammoliti suggest using the mistakes of others to your advantage. Scroll down for the tops regrets from first-time renovators.

1. Not planning 

“Planning ahead is key! I always say, it doesn’t cost anything for your products to sit around your home waiting for installation, but trades waiting around your house for products to arrive will.”

2. Over spending

“Budgeting is critical. You need to know your boundaries, along with knowing what you really want to achieve with your renovation. If you’ve always dreamed of a freestanding bath, and don’t include it you’ll regret it. Also be prepared for surprises, especially when you start bringing up tiles or moving plumbing—what lies behind the walls can often be a shock to the wallet!”

3. Attempting DIY

“We all like to think we are multi-talented weekend DIY warriors—and the attractiveness of a DIY price tag and potential satisfaction of doing a job ourselves can sometimes overrun our abilities. Keep in mind that often when attempting to do a specialist trade job yourself, you will end up spending more in the end because getting the specialists to fix up mistakes comes with a high cost.”

4. Not choosing timeless finishes

“Matching products and making colour choices that last the test of time doesn’t have to be daunting, actually it can be the fun part! Make sure you choose colours and tones that are timeless, not jarring. If you get stuck, look at bathroom packages available for inspiration.”

5. Unrealistic time expectations

“It’s good to have your expectations at the right level when it comes to renovations. Remember, The Block isn’t real life—there are so many trades in the process, so lining up trades perfectly will always be a problem.”

6. Not using quality fixtures and fittings 

“When doing a renovation, keep in mind you will have this bathroom, kitchen or laundry for, on average, 15 years. These areas are the most used rooms in your home and also the most valuable when it comes to selling. Make sure you use quality fixtures and fittings and it’s done right. Repairing anything that needs doing while trades are in and tiles are out is worth doing, and worth doing well.”

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