Home Renovation Mistakes To Avoid

A home renovation project is by no means a small undertaking.

Many steps go into the renovation process, which can make you more likely to make mistakes if this is your first time taking on a renovation project.

If you want to discover some common home renovation mistakes to avoid, this guide is here to help.

Home renovation mistakes to avoid include, but are not limited to:

  1. Setting an unrealistic budget
  2. Rushing the design process
  3. Failing to research & choose the right professionals
  4. Not considering sustainability
  5. Expecting everything to go to plan

1. Setting An Unrealistic Budget

The first mistake to avoid is setting an unrealistic budget.

The budget you set should be attainable for your personal circumstances. That said, you should set your budget with the knowledge that cutting corners to source the cheapest materials can quickly lead to problems and will undoubtedly hinder the project’s end result.

How Much Do Home Renovations Cost?

The answer to this question depends on the construction project. Variables include the location and the size of the project, amongst many other factors.

For instance, the average cost of renovating a 3-bed house is £82,900 – £164,300.

You must also set aside a contingency budget of at least 10 to 15% to account for any unexpected costs.

Assessing the costs involved with your renovation at the outset and incorporating a contingency will ensure you have the budget to complete the project.

A person calculating the cost of a home renovation project.
It's crucial to be realistic when coming up with a budget for your renovation.


2. Rushing The Design Process

Another common renovation mistake to avoid is rushing the design process.

While it’s normal to be excited about your renovation project, the design process plays a crucial role in turning your dreams into a reality, so you shouldn’t steam ahead before working out the finer details.

Every project is unique, and there’s no getting around to the fact that the design process takes time to consider the overall functionality of the space and ensure it suits your wants and needs.

Failing to set aside the necessary time to design the first time around can lead to costly reworks and delays, so it’s important not to rush.

3. Failing To Research & Choose The Right Professionals

The next home renovation mistake to avoid is failing to research and choose the right professionals. 

Not all tradespeople provide the same level of service, and the industry is rife with ‘cowboy builders’. That said, you should be wary of the people offering the cheapest services and ones that are available right away.

You need to conduct thorough research on any potential design and build firms. Read reviews and testimonials and check the company’s portfolio to understand its work and whether it’s the right fit for your project.

At Rose Line Premier, we have over 20 years of experience in designing and building beautiful properties.

We believe that a successful project results from a collaborative process with our clients.

Visit our website or contact our team today to learn how we can assist your project. 


Failing to carry out thorough research on the professionals you hire for your renovation project can lead to costly issues.

4. Not Considering Sustainability

Another renovation mistake to be aware of is not considering sustainability.

Years ago, green building materials were often more expensive, which led many people to opt for cheaper alternatives, but they’ve come a long way in the last decade.

Using green building materials and products is a good idea in that it can minimise one’s ecological footprint and reduce the costs of running one’s home.

Installing solar panels can minimise your electricity usage. Additionally, using eco-friendly insulation is one of the simplest ways to make your home more energy-efficient while using non-toxic and sustainable materials.

To learn more about the importance of sustainability in design and construction, be sure to check out our blog. 

5. Expecting Everything To Go To Plan

It’s no secret that delays are common in the construction industry, but it’s still a common renovation mistake to expect everything to go to plan.

Considering that a Toolstation study on renovations has found that 31% of renovators regret underestimating the likelihood of problems, it’s important to recognise that things don’t always go as planned. 

Reasons For Renovation Delays

Renovations can be delayed for numerous reasons, including:

  • Pre-existing conditions. 
  • Long lead times.
  • Inexperienced contractors.
  • DIY errors.

Carrying out work on older buildings can also result in many unforeseen events, so be careful to plan events around the completion of your renovation project.

For instance, you’ll want to avoid planning down to the last day when your renovation will be completed when looking to book expensive holidays, plan parties, or other events that could be impacted.

Being prepared for the unexpected and choosing the right design and build firm will help to minimise the stress associated with your renovation and will make the process much more enjoyable.

Delays are common in the construction industry, so you should prepare for the unexpected.

How We Can Help

If you’re looking to renovate your home, Rose Line Premier can help.

Our team has extensive experience in all aspects of design and build, and we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and high-quality craftsmanship.

Contact us today to discuss an upcoming architectural design or construction project at enquiries@roselinepremier.com or on 02079987679.

Written by Jemima for Rose Line Premier.

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