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Thu 21 Sep 2023

The Top Seven Renovation Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Property & Real Estate

Calling all renovation enthusiasts who can’t help but get more hyped about watching The Block than a festive feast—this one’s dedicated to you! We all love the idea of transforming our homes into Pinterest-worthy dream spaces, but let’s face it: renovations can sometimes turn into comedy acts gone wrong.

From budget blowouts to DIY disasters, I have gathered the top seven renovation blunders that will have you laughing out loud. But fear not! I’m here to save you from these calamities with some handy tips on how to sidestep them. So, grab your popcorn, settle into your favourite chair, and let’s dive into this rollercoaster ride of renovation mishaps!

The “Winging It” Fiasco

Picture this: you decide to renovate your kitchen on a whim, fueled by a midnight snack craving and a few glasses of Pinot. No plans, no research, just sheer determination. Well, let’s just say this isn’t an episode of “House Rules: Haphazard Edition.” Take a breath and plan ahead. Think about your goals, budget, and design preferences. Consult with various experts, gather inspiration, and create a solid plan. Trust me; it’ll save you from a kitchen that looks like a Picasso painting gone wrong.

The Budget Black Hole

Ah, the ever-elusive budget. It’s like a gremlin that multiplies when you least expect it. Underestimating your renovation costs for your property is a surefire way to drain your bank account faster than you can say “Caution: Slippery When Wet.” Take the time to calculate everything meticulously—materials, labor, permits, and even the unexpected. Add a safety net of 10-15% to your budget because, well, life happens. Stick to your financial plan, avoid splurges, and remember, you can’t pay your bills with a fancy chandelier.

The Contractor Catastrophe

Choosing the wrong contractor is like having a bad hair day that lasts for months. Trust me, you don’t want a stranger turning your dream home into a DIY horror show. For the love of god, please please please do your research! Ask for recommendations, check credentials, and read reviews.  Interview potential contractors like they’re candidates for parliament—ask about their experience, past home property projects, and communication style. Remember, you’ll be spending a lot of time with them, so pick wisely and make sure you vibe!

The “Cheap Is Chic” Delusion

I get it. Bargain hunting can be exhilarating. But when it comes to renovation materials, cheap can quickly turn into a tragedy worse than a reality TV show marathon. Sure, those budget tiles might seem like a steal, but believe me, they’ll crack faster than a dad joke. Invest in quality materials that will stand the test of time. Splurge on durable flooring, solid fixtures, and appliances that won’t quit on you. Your home deserves the best, not a shortcut to regret. So remember folks, when it comes to renovating your home, quality over quantity always!

The Permit Peril

Renovating without permits is like trying to sneak into a movie theater without a ticket—someone’s bound to catch you, and it won’t be pretty. Skipping permits and regulations can lead to fines, headaches, and possibly having to redo everything from scratch. Do your homework to ensure you’re ahead of the game. Research the permits required in your suburb and make sure to obtain them before swinging that sledgehammer. I’ve seen various renovation dramas emerge countless times, and you don’t want to be that guy! So keep in mind it’s better to spend a little extra time on paperwork than in a courtroom!

The Form Over Function Fiasco

We all want our homes to look like they jumped out of a design magazine, but let’s not forget the practicality factor. Don’t sacrifice usability for the latest trends that’ll be passé before you can say “open concept.” Think about how you’ll actually use the space and how you’ll want your property to feel twenty years from now! Ask yourself questions like: Is that ultra-modern sofa comfortable enough for Netflix binges? Will those sleek, shiny surfaces withstand the chaos of everyday life? Strike a balance between aesthetics and functionality and your renovation will continuously be the envy of all.

The “It’ll Be Quick” Illusion

Ah, the old “It’ll be quick, I promise!” trap. Renovations have a knack for stretching their legs and enjoying an extended holiday at your expense. Brace yourself and prepare for inevitable delays, unexpected surprises, and contractors who mysteriously vanish from your property for weeks on end. The key here is to set realistic expectations. Consult with your contractor, ask about the timeline, and then add a generous buffer. Think of it as renovating on “island time” – slow and steady wins the race.

You’ve now been armed with the knowledge to conquer the seven most detrimental renovation blunders and emerge victorious on your home improvement journey! So remember, careful planning, sticking to your budget, choosing reliable contractors, investing in quality materials, respecting permits, prioritising functionality, and adjusting your timeline expectations are the secret ingredients to a successful renovation. So, the next time you find yourself pondering a renovation, keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a space that reflects your personality, meets your needs, and avoids the pitfalls that can turn your dream property into a nightmare. Renovations can still be wild adventures, even with the best advice. While I hope these tips save you from any catastrophic mishaps, remember to embrace the unexpected, laugh off the blunders, and celebrate the journey. After all, the story behind the renovation is just as important as the end result. Happy renovating folks, and may your hammer always find the nail!


Are you ready to embark on a renovation adventure for an upcoming house sale in Bayside Brisbane? If so, allow me to introduce myself as the real estate agent who prides herself on creating property magic! I have been a local agent of the Manly and Wynnum area for over 17 years, guiding buyers and sellers towards property success! With a wealth of experience under my belt, I understand the Bayside Brisbane market like the back of my hand. From charming coastal cottages to modern urban havens, I know the ins and outs of the local property scene and will help you attract the right buyer through a deliberate strategy and my ability to navigate the process with finesse. In today’s competitive real estate landscape, having the right agent by your side is absolutely crucial. With inter-state migration on the rise and competition heating up, my market insight and expertise will be your secret weapon. Whether you’re buying an investment or selling a property, let’s make sure you’re well-prepared and ahead of the game.

CALL ME NOW and let the transformation begin!

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