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Renovating your home can be a rewarding process that transforms an outdated space into your dream vision.

It can also be an intimidating chore if you don’t do your homework ahead of time and avoid common renovation mistakes.

Read on for our round-up of the top 5 home remodeling don’ts you should be wary of during your next home upgrade.

1. Don’t be afraid to hire a professional. 

It’s true, DIY is the new design buzzword that makes homeowners feel like they can do anything. While there are many projects that can be tackled by just about anyone — think painting or changing lighting fixtures — there are others that may be best left to a professional. If you’re considering a kitchen or bathroom renovation, for example, you will need tools and skills that are very specialized. Unless you own a tile cutter and are experienced at installing new floors and counters, you may just save yourself time, headaches, and ultimately cash, by hiring a professional to come in and make sure the job is done correctly.

2. Don’t forget to include contingencies in your budget. 

Even the smallest projects end up costing more than you would originally think. Added expenses could be something as minor as needing more hardware than you’d planned or as major as a full-blown mold outbreak. Plan for the worst and then be glad if you end up spending less than your inflated budget.

3. Don’t underestimate your time budget either. 

Rarely is a quick, weekend project complete in one weekend. In order for things to be done correctly, attention to detail is essential. You need to remember drying time for painting or staining, allowances for materials being shipped, and installation allotments. Create a timeline for your renovation that accounts for each step of the process. Then add at least a week for good measure.

4. Don’t skimp on materials. 

You certainly want to do your research and keep your costs as low as possible. Be a smart consumer, but don’t sacrifice quality. Remember, you get what you pay for. If you can’t afford good quality materials, wait and save until you can.

5. Don’t buy into every trend. 

You want to update your home, but don’t make the mistake of choosing too many trends. Trends are only in style for a limited time before they need to be updated themselves. Choose clean, simple designs that are timeless and then layer in trendy accents that can be easily replaced when styles change.

For more information about renovation do’s and don’ts or to speak with a member of our experienced team, please contact us today.