Every renovation comes with its own set of challenges and surprise twists. This is why renovation projects are so tough to organize, even for those that have gone through several on their own. In most cases, the most critical element that is lacking is preparation. When you’re well-prepared for a big renovation project, you’re going to run into fewer problems. Here are a couple of things to watch out for before getting to work on your project.

1. Plan ahead and overbudget

Renovations never turn out just the way you planned them. There are just too many elements that you have to look out for. It's pretty much guaranteed that you'll run into some problems that will stall the project or require modifications.

This is why you have to plan ahead and make sure you give yourself ample time for the renovations. Whatever your original estimate for the renovations, you need to add another ten to fifteen per cent. People often forget about some crucial expenses in their projects. The cost of materials doesn't include the cost of transporting them to your home. Always remember to overbudget for your projects. You can only be pleasantly surprised if it ends up costing less.

2. Leave the pro stuff to professionals

We all like to fancy ourselves DIY home improvement experts. Some renovations are easily handled by an amateur with some common sense and an internet connection. However, there’s a limit to how much your own DIY skills can match professional knowledge.

Some parts of home renovation projects require extensive knowledge of building integrity and design. You can’t rely on your intuition when it comes to knocking down loadbearing walls and installing wires. In these scenarios, you really should leave it up to contractors and professional renovators.

3. The pen is mightier than the hammer

There are a lot of things to keep track of during a renovation project. Keeping every idea and plan in your head simply isn’t going to be doable. You should write down every important element down before and after your renovations begin.

This is especially important for your contractors. They’re only human and you can’t expect them to understand and implement your ideas without a thorough briefing. Remembering instructions for such a big job will be just as difficult. Give them your written instruction on what has to be done, and you can be sure that things will turn out just the way you planned.

4. Declutter before you get to renovating

To renovate your home, you’re going to need to clear it out. It’s difficult enough to redo and paint a room without furniture and pieces of décor getting in the way. Before you get down to renovating, make sure that anything that is too clunky or delicate is properly stored away.

Most NSW homeowners find it difficult to get rid of leftover materials and renovation debris. Getting rid of the debris ends up being very costly when you attempt to do it on your own. This is why some locals make use of skip bins Parramatta instead. It’s a lot easier to use bins for short distances instead of personally taking care of it.

5. Feel free to mix and mash materials

Homeowners often like to stick to a theme when they do their renovations. This means that everything needs to match. It’s a good idea that can end up looking gorgeous, but there’s no reason to overdo it.

Some parts of your home won’t do well with certain materials. Renovate for practical things first, and introduce design changes later on. You would be surprised how well you can match different materials and end up with a thematically consistent design. A design that incorporates more varied materials is going to give off more personality anyway.


Home renovation projects aren’t all that difficult to organize. With proper planning and a good list of contractors, you can make it through any project with relative ease. Just make sure you understand the scope of your desired project and don’t overshoot your budget. Keep some of these things in mind and you’re sure to end up with a successful renovation project.

Author's Bio: 

Mia Johnson is a writer with a ten-year-long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourne, she now lives in Sydney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.