If you’re remodeling in Germantown (or anywhere else for that matter), then you may be wondering how you can get more out of your remodel project. More bang for your buck and more house for your dollar, while at the same time limiting frustrations and inconveniences, which are so common with renovation projects.
We’re happy to give you some good news! There are a few ways to get more for your money while still staying sane, and here are our top tips:
Be realistic about what your budget can get you. That may sound harsh, but we find that it’s often the customers with the least realistic expectations that have the worst experience. It’s better to have lower expectations and exceed them than to expect too much and be disappointed.
Be realistic about timelines. Yes, you’ve probably seen reality shows where someone gets a new kitchen in a weekend, but real construction is almost never like that. Depending on the complexity of your renovation, it could take weeks or even months. Discuss this with your renovation contractor to get a clear idea of what to aniticipate.
Know your budget, and work within it. Before you ever start thinking about renovation, you need to know what you can afford, and what you need. Speak to a reputable company, provide them with as much information as possible (and our budget) and let them see what they can come up with.
Do some things yourself to save money. While you might not be able to do construction, you can probably tackle some of the demolition or similar, provided there aren’t asbestos or mold concerns. Speak to your contractor about what you could do yourselves to cut costs if budget is a factor.
Spend on permanent items, save on trends. Things like cabinets and flooring, windows and doors, and plumbing and electrical renovations need to last a long time. Cosmetic items like light fixtures, hardware and window coverings, that you will probably switch out frequently, don’t need to be high end if you don’t have the budget for it. Discuss your needs with your contractor, and get their advice about what you need to focus on, and what you can save on for now.
Spend time designing a remodel that will work for your family both now and in the future. Rushing into remodeling is never wise, and it’s better to take longer to consider your wants and needs before anyone swings a hammer.
Always get a little extra when ordering tile, flooring, paint and stain. You never know when a repair will be necessary, and since products go out of production all the time, it’s safer to have a small stock of your own!
Design according to what you love. Sometimes, we see customers that want to make room for a grand piano, or an heirloom piece of furniture. Some want to change their homes to reflect their love of cooking and entertaining, while others want lots of light. Figure out what you love, and design your remodel accordingly.
Don’t let it get to you. Remodeling is always stressful, but if you work with a good contractor, the project will come to a successful end.
Hopefully, these general tips will help you survive a remodel a little easier, but if you want to talk specifics, be sure to contact us. We’re always happy to help.