Nina Asusa, Broker

Nina's journey in real estate began in the early 1990's where her passion for real-estate quickly grew from an investor and home renovator, to where she is today. In 2006*, Nina launched her full-time real estate career and quickly found herself helping her clients, who many became friends, achieve not just any lifestyle, but the lifestyle they wanted for themselves. Her model was and always will be ''Don't follow someone else's story; create your own story, create your own lifestyle, because 'home is where your story begins.'''  From a single realtor, to developing a strong team of realtors she personally mentored and later owning a real estate brokerage firm, Nina's focus remained the same. She continues to channel her high energy and extensive experience into understanding her client's needs and wants, and in helping them in their real estate journey. Nina's greatest honour is the trust others grant her when welcoming her in their life's journey.

Top Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

By: Nina Asusa

Top Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

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Undertaking a home renovation is very exciting, but don’t let the excitement blind you into making a renovation blunder. Renovations can be expensive in themselves, and making mistakes can end up costing you even more. However, stay clear of mistakes, and a renovation can be one of the best investments you ever make in your home. A good renovation will make your home more functional, beautiful and will increase its value for when you’re ready to sell. Consider these top renovation mistakes and how you can avoid them. 
 
1. Rushing the Process
Thanks to home renovation shows, we’ve been programmed to believe that renovations can be done in the snap of a finger. In reality, that’s not how it works. There’s a lot of planning and hard work that goes into a renovation and it’s important not to rush the process. Make sure youaccount for enough time to properly plan your renovation, build a team and work out any hiccups that may come up. Rushing things can lead to choosing the wrong contractor and design professionals, resulting in a subpar renovation.
 
2. Poor Communication
Good communication is so important for a renovation to run smoothly. There needs to be communication between you and your partner, as well as with your designer, contractors and other members of your renovation team. A good contractor and design team will help you and your partner work through disagreements and figure out what will work best for your home. 
 
3. Ignoring the Budget 
Renovations typically cost more than you think they’re going to, and many homeowners end up going over budget. Make sure you set a realistic budget for your renovation, and have a big enough cushion in there that you’re not going to break the bank. Try your best to stay as close as you can to your number by allocating certain budgets to each home project you’re taking on. 
 
4. Putting Form Before Function
Of course you want your renovations to look great, but you should be putting function before form. Think about how you’re actually going to be living in the space and how your renovations can make your home function as best as it can for your family and lifestyle. This affects details such as door, window and outlet placement and can also determine traffic patterns throughout your home.
 
5. Buying Materials Too Early and Buying Cheap Materials 
Buying materials before your plans are finalized and the project is far enough along for measurements to be accurate can be a recipe for disaster. Wait to order flooring, appliances and other materials until you know what size and quantity you need. Don’t skimp on materials, either. Invest in building materials that are durable, safe and high quality. 
 
6. Neglecting Curb Appeal 
Landscaping is not something that should be ignored. It’s the first thing you, your guests and future potential buyers will see when they drive up to your home and it sets the expectation for what your home will look like inside. Sprucing up your curb appeal, even with a few small things like repainting your front door and trimming your tress and bushes can make a huge difference. 
 
Ready to take on your home renovation? Avoid these renovation mistakes and you’re on your way to a seamless reno!