There’s a lot that can go wrong with any home renovation. Accidental damage to load bearing walls, plumbing, or finding you have termite damage. While there are some mishaps that cannot be accounted for (though, this is the prime reason to always include an emergency fund), there are a certain number of all too common mistakes that can be avoided to make all home improvement projects easier. While they aren’t a walk in the park, take heed of these pitfalls ahead of time to ensure your renovation is a success from start to finish.

Shoot For The Moon

That’s great and aspirational and all, but you won’t be landing among the stars if you miss the mark on a renovation. This happens in a number of ways. The worst is when you set an unrealistic budget for yourself. Renovations are meant to add value to your property, but that value simply isn’t worth it if you find yourself mired down in impossible debt as a result.


Another way folks fall flat in their high hopes is when they renovate or remodel in an attempt to be right on top of the trends. If it’s a matter of paint and fabric choices for your trappings, those are fairly inexpensive and easy to transition as times change. But that’s the thing about trends. They always change. This is particularly tricky if you’re renovating or remodeling with plans of selling in the next five years or so. Once that trend is gone, potential home buyers will only see a room that needs updating (which adds to their cost, forces you to drop the price, etc.) and that can make your home harder to sell.

Jumping The Gun

In the process of renovation there’s always this cute little incubation moment, when you’re thinking about it, shopping the home improvement or decor stores for inspiration and then you see it. A sale on what you think is the perfect x. This could be floors, tub, counters, cabinets, doors, anything. It’s on sale, so it might not last. You simply must get it now before it’s gone. Right? Wrong. Too many homeowners waste money by purchasing supplies before they even have the estimate from their contractor. This is a problem because you might need more than what you purchased by the time work begins and now – since it was on clearance – that material is no longer available and you’re stuck buying all new wood so that your build is uniform. 

Not Enough

Materials are tricky. Especially when it comes to flooring. You want to buy more than what you need in the event something goes pear shaped. It could be as simple as a mismeasured board, or improperly cut corner. When you don’t purchase enough flooring with room for error, you run the risk of – again – running out and not being able to purchase more, which means you have to start all over again from the buying to the installing process. 

Hodge Podge

Whether you’re adding on to your existing house, or just making major changes and converting a room into something new, it’s vital that you stick with the design of your home. Sure, a new room is always going to look new comparatively. But you don’t want to renovate a boho kitchen to go with a minimalist, futuristic house. In the end, your home should be a fluid meshing of style and form.

Accidents will happen. But be smart about your impulses. By taking these measured steps, you can avoid the pain of having to spend more money than is necessary and save yourself some major heart (and head) ache.