You’ve thought long and hard about what you want to achieve with your project, and you think you’ve got everything planned to a ‘T.’ When the demolition work starts and the actual renovation work gets underway, you know there’s no turning back. Will it turn out like you’d hoped, or will you be disappointed with the result?
Home renovations can be tense for all of these reasons. But one of the biggest causes of tension during home renovation involves budget. For most homeowners, this is an investment that’s been carefully thought through and budgeted for. In some cases the bank is involved, and there isn’t much “wiggle room” when it comes to spending more than planned.
But as we all know, plans don’t always come to fruition exactly as we’d hoped. Mistakes, poor planning, shoddy contractors and low quality materials can always through budgets off track. It happens every year on projects throughout the country.
Here are four simple ways to keep your budget on track during your next home renovation project.
1. Consider all your options
The fact is, many people aren’t aware of all the different materials and configurations available to them. If you’re planning the renovation without professional help, make sure you study the materials available. Decide for yourself where you can afford to spend less, and where quality should not be compromised. If the cost of the renovation is still out of reach, consider whether there are any variations of that renovation that have stayed within your budget.
2. Plan carefully
It takes effort to really tighten all the nuts and bolts when it comes to planning a home renovation, but when it comes to maintaining your budget, this effort is completely worthwhile. Many project go over budget simply because all the various costs of the renovation weren’t taken fully into account.
3. Hire a good home renovator
Your renovation will benefit on all levels — including the challenge of staying within your budget — when you hire a home renovator who has the skill, experience, and communication skills to keep things on the up-and-up throughout the entire project.
4. Stick to the plan
Changing your mind after work has begun, or adding things in that weren’t in the original plan, is a fast way to lose sight of your original budget. Once you set a plan and a budget, sticking to it is the best way to avoid spending more than you want to.
A good result is more than just the renovation itself
Of course, the final results of your home renovation are super important. In fact, when you look at the big picture, you’d probably rather have a poor service experience and ballooning budget — yet still have the result you want — rather than staying on budget and having a great service experience, but not being pleased with how the renovation itself turns out.
A truly successful project works on all these levels, not just some of them. The service is good, the budget holds steady throughout the project, and the finished result is better than expected. Finding the right contractor in your area is the most direct route to this kind of renovation success.