Kitchen Remodeling

Remodeling On A Budget Basic Ideas
By: James McDonald


The basics of remodeling on a budget are not difficult to comprehend, but in most cases they are completely overlooked. Why is that you ask? The main reasoning is that people generally become very focused on the final outcome of the project and what it is going to look like when completed. Careful planning of the funds needed to get there is sometimes a secondary consideration, and one large reason why alot of projects get started but not finished. A little upfront planning can go a long way in achieving your remodeling goals.

The first step in creating your budget is to make a checklist of the prices of all the products you'll need to purchase. These don't need to be final prices at this point, just general ballpark costs. Try to be as accurate as possible, knowing that the final tally will be a small percentage different. You can walk around your local home improvement store or browse the internet to get some good quotes. You can even compare different suppliers and keep track of the best prices at this point.

If you don't plan on doing all the work yourself, you will need to factor in labor costs. The best way to do this is to ask contractors to bid on the project. Try to have all the products picked out ahead of time, as this will allow the contractor to give you an accurate estimate. Carefully examine each of the bids to make sure they include a breakdown of all the components so there are no surprises in the end. Not only should you compare the final prices, but also compare each detail. You can leverage these to make sure you are getting the most work for your money. Be courteous and professional when doing this, and expect the same from the contractor.

Once you have selected a bid, and you have your material costs mapped out as well, it's time to review your current financial position. Do you have the excess capital to pay for the remodeling project outright? If not, you will need to either borrow from family members or take out a loan. If you go this route, make sure you can make the monthly payments without sacrificing your quality of life. You should also try to set aside an extra 15 percent of the entire budget for any unexpected expenses, or last minute ideas you have.

Now that you are ready to start, remember to stay within your budget. Question anything the contractor says regarding additional costs, and question any changes you are pondering making. Since you took the time upfront to create a budget, it would be within your best interest to not stray from it. If you think of something that really needs to get in there, try to scale back on another area to make up the difference. Avoid adding too many extra details as these will quickly add up.

If you take the time to create a remodeling budget correctly, you will tremendously increase the chances of satisfaction with the project. Pick the right materials and contractors, or do the work yourself to save money. There is plenty of information available to help you get through just about any type of home improvement project.

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