You started out with a home renovation project, about which you were really excited. You invested so much efforts, time and money into it, but despite everything, it didn’t turn out as you thought it would. Huge disappointment it is, but what’s done is done. Still, where exactly did you mess up? And is there something you can do now?

For starters, identify and educate yourself why  your home renovation has turned out to be not that good.  At least, it would ensure your next home renovation project doesn’t go this way. And then, maybe you could opt for some quick and budget-friendly fixes around your home.

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You didn’t hire a proficient home renovation agency

Your chosen home design agency plays an important role when carrying out renovation. If they fail to incorporate your requirements or demand unnecessary charges for the smallest of tweaks, your project will likely go off the track.

The next time you decide to take help from a home remodelling company, be sure to look for referrals. Read reviews, check out their existing projects, and ask about insurance and compliance. Also ask them to provide you with detailed estimates of the costs involved and also a timeline.

Discuss how they would handle changes, and get all of this in writing. Lastly, negotiate the price, compare it with rates from other agencies, and make sure you are getting good value for your bucks. Needless to say, the lowest isn’t always the best; quality and customer satisfaction are other important factors to evaluate.

You didn’t plan a budget properly

Indeed tough but significantly important, if you want to make sure that your costs stay well under control throughout the home renovation project.  Most of you would already know how much you want to spend on home renovation right from start, but how many of you can actually stick to it is the real deal.

Plan your budget thoroughly; itemize every expense, big or small, and then go over it with your chosen contractor. Ensure you have enough funds, and choose products and supplies wisely.

You opted for renovations that didn’t increase the value of your home

A new, fresh and chic look is a common aim for home renovation projects. But still, many of you go for it in an attempt to increase the value of your home, yet end up choosing an idea that doesn’t boost it much. Here are some of the things you should avoid, if your primary goal is to create a higher value for your home.

Focusing on just the kitchen and bathroom

Yes, kitchen and bathroom almost always are sure shot ways to increase the value of your home. But still, they are not the only way. There are others, and even better ways to do so. Attic insulation provides 110% ROI, a new garage door has an ROI value of 92% and for a steel entry door, it is 91%.

Did that overprice your house?

Every neighborhood is associated with a specific range of home values. If any of your renovations cause the price of your house to go higher than this, you are better off not doing it. So, for instance, granite is a popular countertop material, but if most of the homes in your locality have laminated counters, you should probably stick with it as well.

Smaller yards are so ‘out’

Smaller yards are usually not preferable. So, if you are thinking about expanding your home, don’t eat up the ample outside space; it can hurt you more than it benefits.

Fancy is good, but only to a certain extent

While fancy products may add some classiness, don’t go overboard with it. A hotel styled bathroom in a neighbourhood where most of the houses are valued at $200,000 wouldn’t increase the value of your place to $300,000. Swimming pools are another example. So restrict the fanciness element to a limit.

And same can be said for customisation

Don’t customise your home to a huge extent or give it too many personal touches. While you may love the recording studio or the gym room, others may not. Similarly, you may want a large stove along with oversized ventilation in the kitchen, because you cook big meals and often have parties, but many others woud prefer a smaller and simpler to use stove that gives them more space.

No, don’t eliminate the bedroom

Generally, the more bedrooms your house has, the greater will it be priced at. So never turn a spare bedroom into a walk–in closet, study, or sitting area.

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What can do now?

We are going to suggest some quick and budget friendly fixes that will increase the value of your home.

A kitchen facelift

Kitchen renovations are usually considered to be expensive. Despite that, some tricks can give your kitchen a new look, while keeping costs at minimum. Paint the cabinets in a neutral shade to hide scratches and nicks. Got old appliances? Give them a new paint coats as well, but use a durable epoxy which has been designed for those appliances. Also replace some of your outdated hardware with new pieces.

Get rid of clutter

The only thing that you need to spend on this tactic is time. Remove all clutter in your house so as to enhance the space. Unorganized stuff distracts visitors and gives a messy look. So, clear off all those counters, straighten the bookshelves, clean your desk, hide the cables and remove all unnecessary stuff from the floor.

Let’s increase the lights

A dull and dark room is not appealing unless you want to doze off. So, either get some new lighting fixtures or just pull back the curtains to increase light in a room. Doing so also enhances many attractive features that otherwise go unnoticeable.

Step outside

The outside is just as important as the inside. Clean the deck, porch and the backyard. Cut the grass, remove weeds and rake up leaves. Get some potted plant, and if possible, paint the walls a new color; you can do this yourself to save costs.