Remodeling is such a great way to get the home of your dreams customized to your own needs and preferences, without having to build from the ground up. Home remodels can range from small-scale updates of fixtures, appliances, and external features to more large-scale remodels that include tearing out walls and re-structuring the layout of the home. Either way, it can be hard to estimate on the frontend exactly what a remodel will cost and I have found that many clients end up spending more than they wanted to in the end. Because of this, I would love to offer some ways to be proactive about staying within your budget as you remodel your home. The goal is to cut costs, without cutting corners!
- Know what you want. It can save you money, and stress, in the long run if you go into the project with a clear picture of what you are looking for in your remodel. Browse the aisles of hardware stores and check pricing on the appliances, flooring, and fixtures you are interested in. Then clearly communicate what you want with your contractor. Oftentimes, rushing into decisions, or relying on your contractor’s estimates, can result in spending more money than is necessary and ending up with things you don’t love. Know what you want and communicate it clearly!
- Pick up materials yourself. You might be surprised how much money can be saved on shipping fees, simply by offering to pick up materials, appliances, and fixtures yourself. It requires your time but saves the budget!
- Do your own demolition. Doing your own demolition is another simple way to save on labor costs. Especially if you have the time and tools to do it, this can be an excellent way to cut costs on your remodel.
- Schedule strategically. Timing can affect your budget in some significant ways. For example, if you decide to start your remodel during the summer, which is the peak season for contractors, you will probably be looking at more competitive cost brackets. Allowing extra buffer in your “deadline” for your remodel can be helpful too, so you have the time to wait for ideal pricing on the materials that your remodel will require.
- Do your own painting. This is one of my favorites. Painting by yourself can be such a fun and easy way to cut labor costs on your home projects. You do have to invest your own time, but especially if you have family or friends who are willing to grab a paintbrush in exchange for coffee and donuts, it can really be a party!
These are just a few of the many ways you can plan for a smart remodel that doesn’t break the bank. As Jeff and I are remodeling some rooms of our own currently, I know what it’s like to remodel while watching the budget. In the end, I am confident that the extra planning, time, and elbow grease you invest in your project will be well worth it. Your budget will thank you!