Renovating a house to make it fit your wants and needs is a great idea to make it feel more like home. When thinking about undergoing home renovations, it’s important to be aware of how these changes are going to affect your home in the long term. Are these changes going to make your home harder to sell? Are you making a change that doesn’t actually work with your lifestyle? Check out some of these top mistakes that people have made so you can avoid the same fate.
Choosing a Trendy Design
While it can be very tempting to want to choose something that’s currently trendy, it’s not something that will last style wise. Because of this, it may not age well, or you may grow out of liking the design. When it comes to design, try to choose something that’s more classic and timeless. While you can incorporate some trendy pieces (perhaps a paint color, or couch pillows), don’t do renovations that restructure your house based on a trend.

Not Choosing the Right Contractor for the Job
When you meet with only one contractor, you have nothing to compare his or her estimate to. Picking someone for the project is an important step to the process that shouldn’t be rushed. Before making your decision, be sure to get all of the estimates first. Then compare estimates and go from there. Be careful though – choosing the lowest estimate is also a mistake. Often times if the lowest estimate isn’t even close to the range of the others, you will find that they’re not calculating everything within that estimate. To avoid this scenario, ask each contractor you meet with to be extremely detailed and to account for any miscellaneous items. Additionally, don’t choose a contractor based on the cost alone, be sure you check references and see if you get along with them.

Sacrificing Function for Style
Style is important as you want your home to look great and really fit with the aesthetic you’re looking for; however, more important than style is function. You can have the most beautiful home, but if it’s not actually functional for your lifestyle, there are better ways to do your renovation. It’s crucial that you don’t make the mistake of not thinking through your workflow. This is especially important in rooms like the kitchen. For example, the most important parts of your kitchen’s functionality are the sink, stove, and refrigerator. Ensuring that you can get to each of these stations to the other seamlessly is important for cooking efficiency.
Not Leaving Wiggle Room in Budget
Having a budget is great to keep yourself accountable, but when it comes to seeing what you can do within that budget, it’s best to leave some room for accidents. If something unexpected comes up during the renovations, you want to ensure that you have the money set aside to handle to situation.
Too Many Personal Touches and Customizations
Personal touches and customizations are what makes a house a home, but when those customizations dramatically alter the feel and space of a home, it can cause you trouble when you’re looking to sell. Making expensive customizations like installing high tech accommodations, buying more property to make your land much larger than the surrounding homes, or putting in features that come with a high upkeep cost could end up costing you more in the long run by forcing you tick down the selling price.
Choosing to renovate your home is a great way to fix any problems and make the house more livable for you and your family. Keep these tips in mind while going through the process. If you’re looking to do some home renovations and are trying to figure out the best way to afford it, consider a Home Equity Line of Credit from Sikorsky Credit Union. You can tap into your home’s equity to help fund the cost of the renovations. Our low rates coupled with no closing costs or application fee make this a great choice. Contact a home loan consultant for more information.