Nobody wants to overspend his or her budget when doing a home remodeling project. Whether you’re planning a kitchen remodel, a condo remodel, or a whole home remodel, it’s important to set a realistic budget and to stick to it.
We’ve all heard horror stories about remodeling projects that spun out of control and ended up costing much more than planned. It can be easy to get excited about the process and the possibilities and lose sight of the prices of the “extras” that you want. Sometimes, you simply have to cut out some of those “nice-to-have” features because they don’t fit your budget (and they’re not really essential). There are, however, some places you should never cut when you’re remodeling your home. Let’s look at three.
Why is design so important to the remodeling process? Design isn’t just about how things look—it’s about how things work together to make your home flow better and make you comfortable. The design captures your wishes, ideas, and essentials (the things that are really important to you) and translates them into “marching orders” for the builder. Part of good design is communicating clearly exactly what you want to happen. Without a clear plan—that’s clearly communicated to the builder—your chances of getting what you really want can be severely compromised. Saving a few dollars to get a plan that isn’t quite what you wanted simply isn’t worth it.
The materials your builder uses in your home make a big difference. When we talk about quality materials, we’re not talking about elaborate, over-the top, things that you don’t need. But spending a reasonable amount on the materials that go into your remodeling (whether it’s cabinets, flooring, countertops, or fixtures) ensures that your home will look great when the job is done—and for years to come. Buying “bargain” materials can actually cost you more in the long run if you have to replace items.
Even great design and quality materials aren’t enough if you don’t have craftsmen who have the skill and expertise to actually do the work. I’ll be blunt: Florida attracts a lot of laborers who prefer to work here in the winter months because of the climate—and then move on. That’s not who you want working on your home. You really want the reliability of someone who knows the area and consistently works with other contractors from the region. And you want someone who is going to be around after the project is complete—just in case you want to make adjustments. Labor makes up a significant part of your remodeling costs—but working with unqualified laborers who won’t be around later is a kind of “savings” that you really can’t afford.
There may be some aspects of your remodeling where you can save some money. But don’t cut corners when it comes to design, materials, or craftsmanship. What you save up front can cost you big time later on.