Avoid Renovation Regret with These Tips

by | Jan 18, 2022 | Remodels

Everyone has that dream room they’ve always wanted in their home. But what if you don’t like it once you get it?

Read more to learn how to avoid disappointment and how to navigate it if you end up with it.

What is buyer’s remorse?

Buyer’s remorse usually occurs when you make big decisions on an impulse. It’s simple: people tend to get disappointed when something doesn’t measure up to their dreams.

For example, you may love a paint color online or in-store, but the color will look different in your home setting.

That’s why it’s important to always test swatch the color you love before painting every wall.

It’s also common with furniture. Especially a large piece like a sofa or dining table.

Examine your space and determine what will fit before making that big purchase.

Take it step-by-step

As exciting as it sounds, never rush into a renovation. Doing so will increase the likelihood of experiencing remorse.

And don’t tackle a big project all at once. Take it step-by-step.

Pick your top three favorites and decide what you want as your project progresses.

If you’re surrounded by an abundance of options, you’re more likely to be less satisfied with your final decision.

It’s much easier to pivot a renovation when you’re only a few steps in.

Be realistic

Most people will spend a ton of money on a renovation and expect perfection. But in construction, that’s rarely possible.

Homes tend to settle over time. This means walls, ceilings, and floors that were once perfectly square may have shifted.

So, an accent wall that looks great from a few feet away may look imperfect if the wall is no longer straight up and down.

Make sure to keep this in mind when renovating. You may scrutinize subtle flaws upfront, but you might find that after a while you won’t notice them.

Make peace with your decisions

Instead of blaming yourself for something you hate, take action. Sell a piece of furniture or get a slipcover.

You can also repaint the walls or add paintings and mirrors to change how a room’s color feels.

It’s okay if your initial design vision doesn’t match the result. Modify your mindset. Add something adventurous that makes the whole room work.