Top 4 Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

The idea of renovating a home can seem like a challenge. After all, there are so many decisions to make, fixtures to choose and overall design of the space to consider, trying to organize it all in your head can seem impossible. Along with making the right choices with your renovation, there are also mistakes that should be avoided at all costs. Being in the business for over 30 years, we've seen some costly mistakes from homeowners that could have been avoided, and we've narrowed it down to our top four renovation mistakes to avoid.

Choosing the Wrong Contractor

This is number one. When you're looking for someone who can tackle your project properly, you need to find someone who is well-versed in home renovation in your area. You see, each area has its own unique style. Here in Southwest Florida, we have embraced beachy, contemporary themes with our homes, whereas in areas more North, warm, rich colors reign, providing a more traditional feel in these homes. Your contractor needs to understand our Southwest Florida area and should be able to provide you with the look that you wish to accomplish in your home. It's important to note that skimping on your contractor is a big mistake that could end up costing you a fortune if you get involved with the wrong company. A lower bid doesn't always mean a better product.

Incorporating All of the Trends

Making certain areas of the home too trendy can drive down the resale value of your home, should you choose to sell it later. Super trendy ideas tend to be bold and they also tend to get replaced...some sooner rather than later. Since these trends go out of style frequently, areas of the home, like the kitchen and bath areas can pose a problem for potential buyers who see outdated styles that will be costly and time-consuming to replace. Instead of incorporating too many trendy styles into your home, focus on essentials, like adequate storage space in the kitchen or overall flow of the home.

Selecting the Wrong Paint Finish

Paint finishes vary from room to room. That's why it's important to choose the right finish to complement the space. For example, matte finishes do well on ceilings, while for the rest of the walls, semi-gloss works better. Satin finishes work well also and are best for light reflection in the room and high gloss options can work well on trim. It all depends on the style of the space, so consider that when you're choosing paint finishes.

Forgetting About Landscaping

Curb appeal is hugely important, especially if you ever plan on selling your home. Potential buyers will think twice if the outside of the home is less than impressive, so keep the following in mind for maximum curb appeal:

  • Well-manicured bushes and shrubbery

  • Maintained lawn

  • Pristine flower beds

  • Bright (not faded) mulch

  • Clean, working water features

How your home looks on the outside is a direct reflection of what buyers expect to see on the inside. Don't skimp on landscaping and maintaining your yard, even if you're not planning on selling your home. Keeping a well-maintained appearance is key.

By keeping these mistakes in mind, you'll be better able to get the most out of your home renovation and avoid unwanted stress, cost and time on your project. Together, you and your builder can design the perfect space for you and your family.

Luxury Renovation Expert, Jay DeAngelis has been assisting clients in Southwest Florida for over 30 years. Call (239) 450-4811 or visit to get in touch today!

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