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Bathroom renovations: Top regrets first-time renovators have

Read the full article here on Better Homes and Gardens. Renovating your home is a big job, so it’s important to get it right the first time. Josh Mammoliti, Managing Director, The Blue Space shares four common regrets people have after renovating their bathroom.

Four common bathroom renovation regrets

Going over budget

Setting a budget is an important first step before you begin your bathroom renovations. What’s even more important is sticking to it. “You need to know your boundaries, along with knowing what you really want to achieve with your renovation,” says Josh. Failing to do this could mean not being able to fully enjoy your new bathroom because of how much it ended up costing.  

Attempting DIY 

Sure, you can teach yourself just about anything on YouTube these days, but that doesn’t mean you should put your new skills into practice. Josh says, “The attractiveness of a DIY price tag and potential satisfaction of doing a job ourselves can sometimes over run our abilities.” Doing so could end up costing you more in the long run. “Keep in mind that often when attempting to do a specialist trade job yourself, you will end up spending more in the end because getting the specialists to fix up mistakes comes with a high cost,” says Josh.  

Mismatched bathroom

Just because something looks like it works on Pinterest and Instagram doesn’t mean it will translate in your bathroom. If you aren’t sure, get a professional, or a second opinion. “Make sure you choose colours and tones that are timeless, not jarring. If you get stuck, look at bathroom packages available for inspiration,” Josh says.  

Having unrealistic expectations 

Renovating a bathroom involves hiring lots of different tradespeople, so at the very least allow for delays. “It’s good to have your expectations at the right level when it comes to renovations,” says Josh. “Remember The Block isn’t real life; there are so many trades in the process, so lining up trades perfectly will always be a problem.”
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