Remodeling isn't inexpensive. That doesn't mean you can't trim
excess costs out of your plan and remodel your kitchen or bath on a limited Budget.
You just have to know where to trim and where not to.
Everyone wants to
save money. Unfortunately, it is not always a wise decision to base decisions
on cost alone. If you select an inferior product because it is cheaper, you may
end up needing to replace it within a short time period which will cost you more
in the long run. It is far better to determine the durability of the product (its
life span) and divide by the cost. This will show you how much the product is
costing you over time, not only in the initial days of the project.
Another place to be careful cutting costs
is when selecting your Contractor. The low-ball bid may be a sign of poor workmanship,
poor business practices or of a potential problem. Your project's success will
be directly linked to the skill and experience of your Contractor. Take time to
interview contractors and their former clients to determine who will be the best
choice based on the work, not price. You will be happier in the end. Another benefit
of hiring a skilled professional is the experience he or she will bring to the
project. A professional Contractor can make recommendations for less-costly alternatives
that will accomplish your goals for remodeling. This expertise is part of what
you will be paying for.
Where can you cut costs without worry? In your product
selection. The products you choose will determine the bulk of your budget.
If you lean toward solid surface counters and professional ranges for your kitchen,
you will not be considering a thrifty remodel. However, if you just want a new
counter because the old one is stained and you want a new oven because you hate
the color of your old one, you can save money.
You can save even more if you are aware of how labor intensive certain
projects are. Even if the material itself costs the same, the installation fee
could push you over budget.
Installing a custom pattern in your tile floor will automatically cost more than
using the same tile throughout the room. And tile of any kind will cost more than
installing laminate or vinyl flooring. Considering the labor requirements before
you select a particular product, is an easy way to trim costs.
One of the
best ways to approach a budget remodel is to determine your needs. Why do you want to remodel? What are you hoping
to accomplish? This will show you whether you need structural changes or merely
Structural changes are any modification to a room that alters
the existing structure. If you plan on bumping out a wall or adding a room, you
are considering a structural change. Even moving a wall or adding a skylight over
your tub is considered structural.
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