1. Selecting/Buying Cheap Materials

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to home renovation is that they try to be cheap when they are selecting materials. The bottom line is, you’re going to get what you pay for. Whether it’s paint, flooring, or fixtures.  An educated contractor will know where best to save money and what materials will work with your space.

If you’re going to do it, do it right. If you can’t afford to do it, then wait until you can.  This will save you money in the end.


2.Inaccurate Measurements

We can’t highlight the importance of how an inch or even sometimes a half an inch can make a difference. If measurements are off or your room is not symmetrical or equal you may not be getting the right measurements. If you’re not sure about how to measure, don’t hesitate at all to call a contractor.  Ask them to come over and take the measurement for you.

3. Using the Wrong Tools

A good contractor will have the appropriate tools to get the job done properly. It is their  job to provide what works best and believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way of doing things.  Using the wrong tools can and will ruin the tools you are using, ruin your renovation project and likely cause harm to the person using the tools.  A painter showing up without a ladder is usually a bad sign.

4. Failure to Anticipate Chaos

It is very important to know and understand the timeline of your renovation. It is always a good idea to sit down with your contractor to discuss the entire project and have them outline the project for you. Yes, sometimes there are minor set backs or small changes that may need to take place during that timeline, but knowing what to expect will make you happier throughout your renovation knowing when to expect your home space back to normal.

5. Using the Wrong Paint Type

People often make the mistake of picking the wrong paint for their projects. There are many different paints for just about every surface.  And quality paint does matter.  If you are receiving multiple estimates for a painting project, you may want to confirm the product with each contractor to ensure you are receiving the very best for your project.  Again, this will save you money in the end and you will be happy with the r

6. Not Doing Your Homework

You need to know what you’re getting into whether doing the work yourself or hiring a contractor. That way you can keep a close eye on the project and know when something’s getting out of hand.  Ask questions, ask questions, ask questions.  If your sister or neighbour has told you something about a product or have had it installed in their home, it doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for your home.  It’s important to do some digging around for yourself and you want to be able to have information to ask your contractor the right questions.

7. Avoiding Permits

If you are renovating your home without a permit and something serious happens, your homeowner’s insurance will not cover it.  This applies mostly to the larger renovations such as basement developments, removing walls, electrical work, plumbing and gas fitting.  A licensed and reputable contractor should insist on permits.  This not only ensures coverage in the event that something goes wrong,  but also holds the contractor accountable to perform the renovation or development to its highest standards as their work will be inspected and passed.

8. Hiring the Wrong Contractor

You want to make sure that your contractor is right fit for you and your project.  They will be in your home and in your way for the duration of your project which could be a few months.  Chances are you will see them more than you see your family.  When you are ready to start your project, it is important that the contractor meet with you at your home.  If they are only interested in “beating any legitimate estimate” they are not what you are looking for.  It is important to develop a sense of trust and put a face to the name.  Check references, licenses, business insurance and of course ask to see some of their previous work.  Cheaper is always better!

9. Setting an Unrealistic Budget

People often underestimate what it’s going to cost to do a big renovation, mostly because they don’t realize the biggest cost in a renovation usually is the labor.  If you are receiving an estimate that is lower than the rest, this is usually a red flag.  Underestimating usually means they have not considered the full scope work, they will give you what you pay for as far as quality and chances are, they will find “other issues” along the way that will end up costing you much more.