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You’ve bought a home – congratulations! Whether you’re planning a complete renovation or just looking to redecorate, there’s a lot more to designing a property than you might think. But we’ve got your back at JJ Team Homes. Consider us your high-end concierge consultants.  We can help you avoid the 10 design mistakes new homeowners make. By educating yourself on the do’s and don’ts of making your home your own, you’ll create a space that truly reflects your personal style and taste. Don’t let the challenges deter you! Embrace this opportunity to turn your house into a home that you love.

1. Starting Renovations Too Soon

If possible, live in your house for a period of time before making any plans to overhaul. This will help you avoid key design mistakes from the beginning. You will want to know a few of these important things:

  • Learn its flow
  • Where the groceries land
  • Where the laundry wants to go
  • How the sun hits the house
  • Where the choke points are
  • Which way the rain slants
  • Bottom line: get a sense of your new home’s soul

2. Not Understanding Renovation Costs

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Most projects will cost more and take longer than you expect.  Because of this, always add 20 percent to what you think a project will total when budgeting.  If you can’t afford X + 20 percent, rethink your plans.

3. Not Starting With a Designer

Professionals know best.  Because of this, you may do well to hire an interior designer rather than trying to do it on your own. Another important point: become familiar with what an interior designer does and what an architect does. They both typically either charge by the hour or take a percentage of the overall job — a small sum compared to your total payout.  Normally it ranges from 8-10 percent depending on the person or firm. If you choose to hire someone or not, JJ Team homes is here to provide our feedback for resale value. We love this aspect of our job!

4. Hiring Someone Who Is Not the Right Fit

If you are hiring a designer or an architect – make sure you have a conversation or two with them before you hire them. Ask yourself the following:

  • Do you have the same aesthetic? 
  • Do you have the same priorities? 
  • How do they communicate?
  • How often do they want to meet?
  • Have they seen your home inside and out?

5. Not Checking References

When hiring someone – ask for references! Reach out to general contractors for an architect’s references, and vice-versa. Ask the interior designer for sample photos of other projects they’ve done similar to yours. Talk to a couple of their previous clients. In addition, ask to visit other homes they are in the process of working on so you get a feel for how they work.  If you know someone who is doing an overhaul – ask them who they used and why.

6. Not Creating a Timeline

Not setting up a timeline can create big problems when doing a home remodel.  Work with your contractor to put together a list of items that need to be purchased and deadlines for making decisions. Some appliances or pieces of furniture may take months to be delivered, so order those types of items early.

7. Starting in the Wrong Place

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Gutters, grading, lightning and roofs may sound boring when there are fireplaces, luxury baths and high-end stoves to obsess over, but you’ve got to have a solid foundation if you want your house to hold up. Reminder: there is no point in putting in a new floor if the roof is going to leak when it rains.

8. Skimping on Quality

Home items you touch every day should be quality items.  That way they wear well and look nice at the same time.  These quality items include:

  • Doors
  • Door hardware
  • Faucets
  • Appliances
  • Kitchen cabinets

9. Not Knowing the Measurements

We can help you avoid the 10 design mistakes new homeowners make. By educating yourself on the do's and don'ts of making your home your own, you'll create a space that truly reflects your personal style and taste.

Once you’ve determined what size couches, tables, and lighting you need, create a note on your phone with all the information.  Each room should have a separate note (Living Room, Kitchen, and more).  That way it’s always with you and you aren’t searching for that scrap of paper you wrote it on or re-measuring constantly. 

If you are working with a designer, share it with them as well.  That list will save you a lot of heartache when you fall in love with a 104 inch couch only to find out an 84 inch couch is max.  In addition, you can check items off as you purchase them, add links and more.

Before you go out furniture shopping, write down your door widths as well as the size of your staircase.  Don’t want to spend weeks shopping for the perfect sofa and when it’s delivered, they can’t get it in the door or up the stairs to a bedroom.

10. Buying Small Rugs

Adding undersized rugs to your home is the most common mistake. Important thing to remember: the rug should ground your furniture so that at least the front legs of the upholstery are on the rug.  Hot Tip: Hit up your local carpet shop—they can make any rug into a different size and shape.

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We work hard to be high-end concierge consultants for our clients. Our home buyer concierge services provide an enhanced, personalized experience for each one of our real estate clients. We focus on catering to your specific needs and wants, ensuring that your journey is as seamless and stress-free as possible. 

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