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7 Renovation Problems To Avoid

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7 Renovation Problems To Avoid

 

Here are 7 renovation problems to avoid so that you will enjoy a smooth process from start to finish. Embark on your renovation at ease and see your dream home turn into reality. 

 

Unsatisfactory Workmanship

 

More often than not, many homeowners do not feel satisfied with the workmanship of their renovations. Granted, minor problems are bound to occur here and there. But in order to avoid major workmanship issues, try to be present throughout the renovation process. If possible, be there while the contractors are working on your home. Otherwise, make it a point to visit at the end of each day of the renovation to check if things are going well.

 

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Check in regularly during the progress of the renovations

 

 

 

Delayed Completion

 

A job such as retiling a bathroom can take two weeks or more to complete. So what you want is a realistic timeframe for the renovation process. Sure, your contractor can probably get extensive renovation work done in a month, but you might run the risk of slipshod work. Always ask your contractor at the beginning about the duration of the project with a realistic timeframe. To ensure that the project does not delay unnecessarily, ask for a detailed schedule of the renovation before it begins. At the same time, make sure you give yourself some allowance for your own matters, such as moving out of your current home, to minimise stress.

 

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Ask for a detailed schedule from your contractor

 

Errant Contractors

 

To avoid a nightmarish situation where the contractor does not fulfil the job after receiving payment, make sure the firm is certified and licensed. HDB has a list of Registered Renovation Contractors who are registered under the HDB Registered Renovation Contractors’ Scheme (RRCS). Other certifications include CaseTrust, RADAC and BCA Contractor Licence. Another great option is to ask for recommendations from people you know personally.

 

 

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Always get a registered contractor to avoid disappointment

 

 

 

 

Buying The Wrong Fixtures and Fittings

 

With the many options out there, you might find that buying fixtures and fittings for the home can be  fun yet sometimes confusing. Aside from the wrong colour and style, it is possible to buy the wrong fixtures and fittings because of incorrect measurements. It is important that you consult your interior designer before making any purchase so that the items go well together in terms of aesthetics. Do your own research, especially on practical matters like the depth of kitchen sink, so that they are of the right size for you. Speak to your interior designer before making purchases like lamps and furniture too.

 

Misestimating Costs

 

A common problem many first-time homeowners have is in estimating costs. Before you agree to any renovations, do your homework by asking around about the costs involved in engaging such projects. You would want to make sure that you are paying a fair amount, as well as not underestimating costs.

 

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Do your sums diligently for realistic budgeting

 

Wasted Spaces

 

Space is a constraint many apartment owners deal with today. Before renovating the home, carefully consider the spaces you need to live comfortably and effectively. There are many ways to make a home feel more spacious. Consider what you can do without and whether there are ways to improve the flow in the home. Would you need to restructure the layout? Or alternatively, opt for space-efficient storage options and double-duty furniture to free up floor space.

 

Choosing Energy-Guzzling Products

 

With rising costs in electricity and other household bills, it is important that you set up your home correctly right from the start. It is a hassle to replace built-in equipment down the road. By choosing those with low energy consumption, you will also save money in the long run. Many appliances, equipment and fixtures today – refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, air conditioners, lighting and faucets – come in energy-saving versions.

 

 

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Opt for energy-saving appliances for lower utility bills 

 

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