Top 5 Singapore Home Renovation Mistakes
Top 5 Singapore Home Renovation Mistakes & how to avoid them
If you are doing home renovation by yourself, it is important that you understand the power of planning and knowledge to avoid big boo-boos in renovation that could cause you a lot of frustration, money, time and effort. From ignoring prep work and safety, to setting unrealistic budgets and selecting the wrong fixtures, this is a list of the most common renovation mistakes that you should avoid if you do not want to waste your precious time, money and effort.
MISTAKE # 1 : JUMPING ON WITHOUT A PLAN
Most do it your self renovators will say that planning is a very important part of the renovation process. However, if you took this project on as a weekend project and is very pressed for time, then planning may seem a complete waste of time. Why would you sit and stare at the room when you can just start it? Well, the answer to that is pretty simple. Going on without a plan could do you more harm than good.
First, when renovating – for example your kitchen without a concrete plan, you would be running blind. You do not know how much material to buy when you get to the hardware and may waste time and money going back and forth if you buy the wrong materials, too little, too much or the wrong size of fixtures. Jumping on without a plan would also be dangerous because you may actually hit some things that you are not supposed to.
The solution to this problem is quite obvious. PLAN YOUR RENOVATION before you go head on into it. If you have a good plan going, you can actually save money, time and effort because you have a guide on how to go about your renovation efficiently and effectively.
MISTAKE #2: HAMMERING WITHOUT LOOKING.
Before you begin hammering nails and screws into your walls and floors, you need to know where your water pipes and electrical wires are located in the house. You need to make sure you protect yourself from avoidable flooding or electrical shock.
If you start hammering and poking your drill into walls without prior planning or checking, you may make a very big mistake of poking holes in your wall that you didn’t have to because of trial and error. This will give you a bigger problem and more things to work with – like that pokey hole wal!
Solution to this is easy too. CHECK BEFORE YOU HAMMER OR DRILL. Most homes have plans/blueprints of their electrical wiring and you can check that if you have them. It not, Most hardware stores sell wire and pipe detectors that may help you avoid renovation disasters. As an added precaution, use insulated power tools with circuit breakers while you work to protect yourself from electrick shock.
MISTAKE #3 UNDERESTIMATING COSTS:
Most renovation work always costs more than you expect. This is because some problems are not revealed until you start work and uncover them, but mostly because items are forgotten from the budget, or because you change your mind and alter the design or specification. If you do not prepare for this contingency then you are going to be in trouble.
You could actually spend more than you meant to if you are not careful. The solution to this problem is for you to do a true estimate of the project and allot at least 10% or 20% more money for contingencies and PREPARE A BUDGET.
To do this, you need to have a good idea of your proposed plans, your specification for fixtures and fittings, and have decided who is doing what. To estimate costs, you can talk to friends who have done similar renovations and expect to spend a similar amount, taking into account how much work they did themselves, when the project was completed, and the variation in labor costs. After this, , prepare your own budget by listing all tasks, the materials required, and who is going to do the work. You can then go out and get quotes for materials and estimates for each trade.
MISTAKE #4: FORGETTING ABOUT SAFETY.
What could ever happen to me? I am at home! Well, truth be told most accidents happen at home. What more if you have a renovation going on. Sometimes, in our rush to get the project done, we forget the value of safety until a major accident happens and you are in the hospital.
The solution for this is quite obvious. It is SAFETY FIRST. If you are going to be installing heavy, wall-mounted items, like cabinets, shelves, and vanities, wear a hard hat. If these heavy items are not installed properly, they can cause serious head injuries if they fall down. Always follow the instructions provided during installation carefully. Use the proper fittings and screws so that the cabinets will remain mounted to the wall. You will also want to invest in a level so that your shelves will have a level surface. Never settle for anything less.
MISTAKE #5 USING CHEAP MATERIALS.
Because we want to save money, we usually settle for for something less expensive and cheaper. However, one of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to home renovation is thatthey try to be cheap when they buy materials. The bottom line is, you’re going to get what you pay for.
Cheaper materials could probably do the trick, but remember that these materials are made of less quality you cannot expect top quality with them and they may end up costing you more in the long run because you may have to keep reparing over and over again.