Avoiding Renovation Mistakes

Common Renovation Mistakes to Avoid | Classic Exteriors

Even the smallest renovation mistakes can cost you dearly. Let experts at Classic Exteriors show you how to avoid them in your next home renovation project.

The Most Common Renovation Mistakes That You Want to Avoid


It is natural for us to want to be comfortable in our homes. To that end, we often have to invest in remodelling or repairs to ensure adequate maintenance. But these are not as simple as they seem and it can get really stressful. There are many things to consider and it’s easy to make renovation mistakes when you don’t have the know-how.

At Classic Exteriors, we understand this problem and have crafted this blog so that you can avoid making errors while working on your home.


Why Should You Renovate Your Home?


This is the process of refurbishing a damaged, broken, or outdated structure. It can also refer to improvements to the property and interior or exterior home restorations. Additionally, it may include upgrading lawns, gardens and outdoor structures.

People renovate their homes for a variety of reasons even though the process can be costly, time-consuming and messy. There are a number of benefits that one can achieve while completing a home renovation.
  • To increase the comfort level
  • To increase the value of the home
  • To fix a certain safety issue
  • To upgrade the home’s function
  • To update the home’s style
  • To prepare the home for sale

Common Renovation Mistakes to Avoid


There are a lot of unsuccessful renovation stories out there – some miserable and some funny. These failures happen because of mistakes that could have been easily avoided. It’s easy to make errors when you don’t have enough knowledge about the process.

The more prepared you are, the smoother the renovation will go and the happier you will be. Here are some of the most common mistakes you can avoid:


  • Not Hiring a Professional for the Job 
DIY is fine when you are fixing a leaky faucet, but when it comes to a renovation project, it’s better to leave it to the professionals. At Classic Exteriors, we have seen mistakes made when people were untrained and inattentive of their budgets.

Besides being experienced in construction and design, we offer expertise and knowledge in a number of areas. This includes building permits, providing accurate budget estimations, managing timelines and insurance.


  • Forgetting to Evaluate the Insulation
The importance of maintaining adequate insulation should not be underestimated during your renovation projects. It plays a big role in reducing your monthly utility bills while improving the energy efficiency and comfort in your home. It is also crucial in shielding you during the weather extremes of our country.

Upgrading your home’s insulation is a delicate procedure. It requires skill and knowledge to identify the best practice that needs to be followed. If you are adding insulation to your renovation project, you may review our information on how we can help you:


  • Using Cheap Materials and Cutting Corners
It’s true, renovations can become expensive but it won’t be an issue if you are planning your budget properly. Using cheaper materials might save you money in the present but it will cost you dearly in the long run. Remember, the least expensive price tag doesn’t guarantee the best choice.

It’s always better to build it right the first time.


  • Overcapitalizing
Don’t exhaust your budget on a lavish kitchen when you still have the sitting room and bathroom to renovate. Going over the top with high-quality finishes and high spec features may blow your budget. It may not add much value to your home either.

Always be realistic with your expectations.


  • Prioritizing Design over Function
While you may love designer hardwood floors and countertops, be aware of the materials which are the most practical for your home. Consider the longevity of each material that you select for your renovation project and not just the aesthetics.



  • Being Uninformed About the Project
When you hire a renovation contractor, ensure you stay informed on the project, the timeline and the budget. We have had clients that added extra to the original contract after the work had started. Such additions can change the scope of work, overall budget and the length of the project.



Avoid Making Costly Renovation Mistakes in Your Next Project


Remember that when you are renovating your home, the more you know the better. This will help you to make the most of your money and time. It also ensures your project won’t need a do-over in a few months. Take your time - research, plan and execute properly.

For over thirty years, Classic Exteriors has been providing comprehensive home renovations in Edmonton along with repair services on any of the products we install. Kindly visit our project gallery to view some of our work.
Give us a call to avoid costly renovation mistakes in your next project. We would love to talk with you about designing or repairing your dream home.
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