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Five Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Meet me and my husband, Alec. Newlyweds that got married the summer of 2016 and upon arriving home from our honeymoon, moved straight into my in-laws' basement. Alec grew up on a lake that my parents now live on too, so when we saw a house go on the market that was close to both of our families, we knew we wanted it! The only problem was the house would require lots of work and a year-long remodel, which is what led us to move in with my in-laws for the first eight months of our marriage.

When the eight months finally wrapped up, we were so happy to finally get situated in our new home as a married couple. People always warned us that renovating a home is a huge undertaking, but we had no idea just how huge until we took on a home renovation ourselves.

Whether you are completely gutting your home or just fixing up a closet or bedroom, I hope that these 5 home renovation mistakes to avoid will be helpful for your next big project: ?

1. Identify your goals and create a budget.

Not adhering to this was probably our biggest mistake. I think we would have done a way better job budgeting if we had a plan. When creating a home renovation budget, you need to think about how much money you want to put into your home and how much the investment will help the value of your home in the long run. Some questions you can ask yourself: Is this renovation a good investment and will it increase the value of your house? Or are you just making this update to make a specific space more your style? We definitely did a little of both!

2. Focus on one area at a time.

If you are living in your home during the renovation, it's important to make sure you always have some sort of living space, or you'll go crazy. Take it one area at a time so you don't feel like you are living in a construction zone.

3. Figure out what rooms in your house are the most important to you.

My husband and I talked about this before our renovation and knew that our kitchen was the most important room to us. After that, we prioritized the main areas (living room, entrance, etc.) that our guests would see and be entertained in. Since we had discussed this prior to the renovation, we were able to cut costs from other rooms in order to spend more in our kitchen and the surrounding areas.

4. Pick / research your contractors.

This seems like a no-brainer, but I cannot express how important it is to hire someone who knows what they are doing and gets your style. You want to make sure you and your contractors are on the same page and they know exactly what you are looking for. The best way to do this is by researching online. Use review sites like Yelp or ask a trusted friend.


Try not to stress over every decision, because a home renovation is a huge project! Make sure at the end of the day you do what's needed to unwind and enjoy the process of making your house your dream home. Make sure you get a good night's rest to feel refreshed (and ready to deal with contractors ?) the next day.

If you're having trouble sleeping, the fix could be as easy as replacing an outdated mattress. We went to a nearby Mattress Firm location to pick out a new mattress that was perfect for both of us and our sleep styles. Truth be told, it was the simplest part of our home renovation! We picked it out, and the Mattress Firm employees delivered it. As soon as we started using our new mattress, we realized what a huge difference a supportive mattress can make in your sleep and your attitude when making it through a home renovation.


I hope you found these tips helpful - most of all, I hope that you take time to enjoy the experience of remodeling your home. If you want to see more from me, you can follow me on Instagram or find my blog at www.xxkarlierae.com.

Happy renovating!

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