The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Renovating Their Homes

Picture this: You just came across a "charming" fixer-upper in your ideal neighborhood—and it's in your price range! Crumbling 1950s cabinets, musty carpets, and frumpy rooms quickly become a vision of crisply painted walls, beautiful wide-plank oak flooring, and beautifully ornate weathered brass fixtures. You can already picture all the boho garden parties you'll throw once the current backyard/dump yard is landscaped and free of rusty nails, and you just know that the extra spare room could be transformed into a smashing walk-in closet. But before you sign the dotted line, you'll need a reality check. Unlike on our favorite renovating shows, gut jobs aren't over and done with in 22 minutes. Most of them take months—even years.

To help you tackle your future renovation as proficiently as possible, we called on a few experts. They say it takes a village to raise a family—we believe it takes a family to complete a renovation project. We asked a builder, a designer, an economist, and even a psychologist as series of questions to shed light on every aspect of a renovation project, from budgeting to hiring professionals, to maintaining your own sanity. Ready to roll up your sleeves and pick up a hammer? Learn from these trusted experts first, and tackle your renovation with competence and peace of mind.