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3 Renovation Mistakes that You Need to Avoid

Save on costs and avoid delays by taking note of these problems and solutions

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Paolo Feliciano

Whether it's a full-blown renovation or a simple room redo, project delays and overextensions are inevitable. Fortunately, you can lessen the chances of problems during home improvement! Take note of these common renovation glitches and how you can best deal with them.

Read the original article in the November 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.


It’s easy to fall into the trap of “build as you go" without any firm plans. However, this can lead not only to delays, but also to considerable costs. As an important step, you should define the areas or things that you want to change or improve. “Identify existing areas to be touched, the purpose of renovation, and the extent of the improvement you want accomplished," Rachel explains.

Solution: List down all the things that need to be done. Afterwards, ask your designer or contractor about the cost estimate and duration of construction.


When it comes to renovating, we tend to get too excited that we forget the important and basic factors. The "bahala na" attitude often surfaces then we end up having an empty wallet and an unfinished project.

Solution: Prepare a budget breakdown that can guide you when it comes to tracking expenses. “Your budget can be 40% for construction and labor, 30% for furniture, 20% for equipment and appliances and 10% for accessories and accents," shares interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag. While it's important to be hands-on, you should also keep your focus and make sure your coordinate with the professional in terms of project stages and completion.


More often than not, renovations take longer than expected because of the people involved. Poor workmanship, a contractor who is not vigilant, and subcontractors who are hard to track down contribute to construction delays.

Solution: “It’s important that the professional is focused on the project and makes it a priority,” experienced renovator Eloisa Mallari says. Before hiring a designer, contractor, or architect do your research and review their previous works. Always have an open communication with the professional that you are working with.

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