Not getting the proper permits
Although it sounds rather dull, getting the proper building permits from your Toronto municipality is a must and will save you a lot of headache in the long run.
Not keeping style consistent
If you have a Craftsman style home with quaint finishes and lot of cachet, then whatever renovation you plan should remain within the same style – otherwise future buyers who are attracted to Craftsman-style homes will be turned off if the property’s brand new kitchen would be more at ease in a sleek, modern condo. The same could be said for a more contemporary designed home – adding a country-style kitchen to such a dwelling would definitely be a mistake as it would turn off buyers who wanted a modern residence. So, always make sure that whatever renovations you do are consistent with the style of your home.
Not planning for convenience
Look at the space you want to remodel and think carefully about how you use it and how the changes you want to make will impact flow, function and even ambiance. Sometimes it is hard for someone to imagine the finished work, which is why it might be a good idea to consult with a designer who can provide you with insight on how best to implement the changes you want. Designers are not cheap, but are certainly well worth the price if you are planning on taking down walls and moving plumbing and other fixtures.
Not having enough in your budget
Getting started on a renovation without knowing all of the potential financial pitfalls is not something you want to ever do. Renovations that include major structural changes can quickly balloon your costs and it is important that you are aware of the hidden dangers of such renovations and have money set aside to cover such costs should they arise. Otherwise you could find yourself biting off more than you anticipated.
When planned properly, renovations can be enjoyable – after all your are transforming your Toronto home into what you always wanted.