4 things to never do when renovating

We’ve got a few renovations under our belt at this point and a few mistakes to go with it, but you know what they say, there are no learnings without mistakes.


It pays to know the value of your home before you renovate. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

Do yourself a favour and learn from my mistakes and save yourself some heartache.

1. Underestimate power points

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Here’s something you should take note of before you start renovating – plan your electrical outlet. It might even take a few times to learn from this mistake. To avoid buying and placing too many extension cords at home, take some time to think about where you’d like to be able to have easy access to electricity in your new home and talk to your contractor about it.

2. Delaying window coverings


Don’t leave the decision around window coverings to the last minute. Picture: realestate.com.au

Anyone in the process of costing up window coverings for the first time is probably quickly discovering just how expensive they can be. It’s not because they come with an inflated mark-up. It’s simply the cost of time, labour and materials but for some reason, we tend not to give these things the value they deserve.

It’s not something you want to have to fork out for at the end of a renovation when you’ve already spent more than you budgeted for, so the best thing you can do is build the cost of curtains or blinds into the cost of the build.

It’s also smart to get your window furnishings specialist in to discuss your desires at the framing stage, that way you can allow for things like recessed curtain tracks.

3. Second-guess your aesthetic


Don’t second-guess yourself when it comes to making design decisions. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

Remember this, you’re going to live here for the rest of your life (or at least a good 10 years) so it’s important to know how you want your home to look like. If you’ve made up your mind on a layout or a colour scheme, don’t let anyone sway your decision or second-guess your decision.

Of course, you can always change it up in later dates, but that’s going to cost you money. A lot of money. So don’t make decision based on fear or intimidation or you’ll end up regretting it. Stick it to your guns! The only person you should answer to in your own home design and decorating is yourself.

4. Underestimate the value of a lighting plan


Don’t be afraid to play around with the lighting style before committing. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

Lighting is also another important aspect to consider when you’re planning for your house renovation. Most people only thought about how and what kind of lighting fixtures they want, but not so much on the lighting plan. While it’s not a major faux pas, you might end up having too much overhead lighting and not enough task or mood lighting. Another tip: make sure all your lights are dimmable so that you can just your lighting to your needs and desires whenever.

This article was originally published as Expert tips: Five things to never do when renovating by realestate.com.au written by Carlene Duffy