7 Ways to renovate and remodel your house on budget

7 Ways to Renovate and Remodel Your House on Budget

When it comes to revitalizing or remodeling an old home or a historic building, the idea of a restoration project can be deeply enticing. The romantic vision of breathing new life into a forgotten space captivates many.

However, restoration projects have hidden pitfalls and complexities like any significant endeavor. That’s where this guide comes in. Suppose you’re considering diving into the world of restoration. In that case, these are the 7 things you want to avoid hearing about restoration and remodeling projects but need to know.

This article will discuss the issues that you might face during home renovation and you can ease this process with the help of a few consultants or precautions.

Issues That You Might Face During Renovation

There isn’t much you can do to avoid these 7 frequent concerns that arise with every renovation project. However, being aware of potential concerns that may arise during renovation might help you mitigate them to some level.

1- Cost is Significantly Higher than Estimate

You’ve crunched the numbers down to the last penny, rechecked the design many times, engaged your architect, and got an estimate from a quantity surveyor, but brace yourself—cost overruns are almost a given.

Unforeseen circumstances like mold, pests, electrical, or foundational issues can blow up costs exponentially. That initial assessment you got from a contractor could also be way off the mark. Once you get into the thick of things, you may find more (or less) work than you initially thought.

New wall construction in F-6, renovation of house

According to HomeAdvisor, 45% of homeowners surpass their initial budget in home improvement projects, and this figure is no different for renovations in Pakistan. This can be frustrating, especially if the additional costs were not anticipated.

2. Unseen Structural Problems

Ah, the old “looks can be deceiving” adage rings true here. Even thorough inspections can miss underlying issues like rotten wood or old, unsafe wiring.

If the building has significant structural damage, it may be necessary to undertake extensive repairs or renovations to make the building safe and functional. This can be a costly and time-consuming process. You have to engage your structural engineer in the renovation process, also.

New skylight in remodel

In our renovation project of a house, we proposed to demolish a room on the ground floor to make way for double parking, for this, we had to lift the first floor’s load on newly erected columns and beams. Which were finalized after consulting the structure engineer.

3. Skill Gaps with Reconstruction

Think you can do it all, or what you have designed from your architectural firm can be replicated easily on-site? Often, homeowners find their skills expectations falling short when it comes to specialized tasks like electrical work or roofing in renovation.

Remodelled this 5 marla house roof while under construction

For example, in our project in G-11, which we did for our client Mr. Aashiq Hussain, the house was built 10-plus years ago, and they asked us to renovate the interior and exterior. They wished for a modern style exterior for their house, for which to implement our design, we had to demolish almost all exterior, cut and demolish into the slab to allow us to join extended steel bars with existing ones to give it stability.

All this demolition was not expected to this extent in the start, which added two months and other setbacks in our time estimation, inevitably increasing your costs.

4. Lengthy Time Commitments

Your 3-month project could extend to a year, with unexpected complications, new renovation goals, decisions you were not expecting to take at the start of the project, and “life happening.”

Labour issues while renovating this one kanal house in Swat, Pakistan

Time is money, and the longer a project takes, the more expensive it becomes; those labor, site visits, and consultation costs will quickly add up.

5. Legal Hurdles or Permissions

From building codes to zoning laws, navigating the red tape is no walk in the park. It can take months to get your new plan approved by the authorities, and you have to move with renovating house the house within these permissions.

Painting of house kitchen and remodelling of kitchen

Falling afoul of these can result in fines or, in extreme cases, a halt to your project.

6. Emotional Toll

It’s a rollercoaster ride, and not just financially. Complexity can snowball quickly. What started as a simple flooring project can uncover issues with subfloors, plumbing, and more. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by how intricate and interconnected tasks become.

Renovation of roof

The stress, the second-guessing, and the constant decision-making can take an emotional toll that many underestimate.

7. The Human Element

Whether conflicts with contractors or balancing family life during chaos, the human element should never be underestimated. There will be human error during the project and contractor mistakes that will cost you both time and money. Everything has a price, whether you are renovating a house or buying a new one.

White wash on exterior of house while on remodel of house in DHA Phase II

Remodeling the house takes time, although it may increase the value of your estate and become a hot cake for future buyers. You have to go through this long major renovation process yourself, along with your home.

Making the Most of Remodeling Your Home with Few Precautions

Many ways can ease the process of renovation or remodeling your house or even office.

Office before remodelling, we were short of funds to texture coat this wall

1. Smart Budgeting

Financial setbacks can be mitigated with smart budgeting. Always keep a contingency fund—industry pros suggest an extra 20% of your estimated budget.

2. Hire an Architectural firm

An architectural firm can help you design an efficient and cost-effective building, which can save you money in the long run. If you are doing renovation or remodeling, get your floor plan or any other item if you have reservations about discussing it with them.

A minor change in plan improves the overall layout of the house.

3. Emotional Readiness

Prepare for the emotional highs and lows. Speak openly about the stress and challenges with your family or partners involved in the project to keep the emotional toll at bay.

4. Cost-Saving Opportunities

Your consultants can help you identify potential cost-saving opportunities during the design process, such as by approving the design first in 3D, standardizing certain elements or consolidating spaces.

5. Coordination and Time Management

An architect or architecture firm can help you coordinate with contractors and other professionals to ensure the construction process goes smoothly and efficiently. And other teams are lined up to start their work without delay.

6. Construction Administration Services

An architect can provide construction administration services to ensure the project is completed on time and within budget.

7. Reviewing Progress Payments

You should review progress payments to ensure they are accurate, fair, and paid on time, which can help prevent overpayment. Suppose any contractor or party leaves the construction in the middle. In that case, you will avoid further hassle if you have payments in order.


Office after remodelling, we embraced the short coming and integrated the unfinished wall in our design 

Frequently Asked Questions about Renovations and Remodeling of Homes

Question: How much should I budget for unforeseen expenses?
Answer: As a rule of thumb, allocate 20% of your initial budget for unexpected costs.


Question: Are permits required for all types of restoration?
Answer: No, but it’s crucial to consult your local authorities about what work requires a permit.


Question: What kind of professionals should I consult for my project?
Answer: Contractors, architects, and legal advisors are the cornerstone professionals you’ll likely need.


Question: How do I deal with stress during the restoration project?
Answer: Communication and proper planning can go a long way in mitigating stress.


Question: How do I choose the right contractor?
Answer: Research, references, and interviews are key. Make sure they have experience in restoration projects similar to yours.


Question: What environmental hazards should I be aware of?
Answer: Lead paint, asbestos, and mold are common in older structures. Hire an inspector to assess the property for these hazards.