Getting started on a home remodel is enough to keep most people up late at night worrying. Going over budget is the number one fear that homeowners have before starting on a home remodel. This is why, most remodel experts recommend adding in a 20% cushion on top of your budget.
For anyone who has undergone a home remodel in the past, they can attest to the fact that it always seems to cost more. As you get going, it is easy to want to opt for the upgraded appliance or better lighting. However, these small upgrades add up fast and before long, you are way over budget.
Before Starting A Home Remodel
Of course, budget is the most important thing to establish before starting on a home remodel. Call around and get estimates for the work and use this to determine if your initial budget will be enough to get going.
If you do not have enough saved to start right away, that is okay. It is better to do it right than rush into it. Save for a couple months more and give yourself a nice cushion. Afterall, the last thing you want is to be without a kitchen while you are trying to scrape together enough to finish the job.
Talk with your spouse about the key points you are looking to accomplish with the home remodel. Maybe he wants a huge kitchen with a Viking range and you are looking for a larger living room. If there are budget constraints, decide how you plan to offset the costs with lower end appliances or detailing.
Home Remodel Apps
The iPhone has made home remodel a much more interactive process for the homeowner. With 3D modeling apps that provide a realistic picture of what you house will look like, you can now do much of the concept work yourself.
Some of the top apps we have found are:
* Home Design 3D: Lets you draw rooms and test out different furniture.
* Roomscan Pro: Creates floor plans by just touching your phone to each wall or scanning the floor with your iPhone camera.
* Photo Measures: Saves measurements directly to your photos.
* Tap Painter: Lets you visualize paint colors on your walls.
* IHandy Level: An accurate, general purpose level, on your phone.
* Home Advisor: Helps you discover and compare contract costs. As well as book contractors.
Check Your Local Recycling Center
Did you know that Habitat for Humanity operates over 400 ReStores nationwide? These stores offer a huge variety of salvaged material for sale. They are also a great place to donate your old fixtures.
Starting at a local recycling center can save you heaps of money and give you the good feeling of knowing you are doing your part in up-cycling. This is especially great for the do-it-yourselfers.
Save Money On Your Home Remodel
You can save lots of money by doing some of the grunt work yourself. A big money saver is doing the demo work yourself. While you have to be mindful of what stays and what goes, doing the demo can save you hundreds of dollars.
During the project, if you plan to be around, put yourself to work. Simple things like cleaning up at the end of the day will save you a hundred bucks or so versus having the construction crew handle it. Be mindful of the crew working as you don’t want to me getting in the way.
Another great way to save money during your home remodel is to pick up the construction supplies yourself. Even renting a truck for the day is cheaper than the cost that most contractors would charge for one of their guys to do pick up runs.
When choosing materials, look at “look-a-like” options. Unless you have an endless budget, opting for imitation or laminate flooring is usually the best way to go.
Good luck on your home remodel and we hope this article helped you plan a little better and save a lot more!