When the average homeowner starts planning a home remodeling project, it’s inevitable that cost saving measures will be introduced to try and keep the cost down. While there are ways that homeowners can save money when they remodel their homes, it is important to remember that certain types of materials and services should not be part of any cost-cutting measures. Here are a few:
Not Hiring Someone For the Remodeling Project
One of the first thoughts a homeowner has about their pending remodeling project is that they can save a lot of money by doing it themselves. Before you think about leaving a professional out of your (budget), it’s important to remember the benefits that come with hiring a remodeling professional:
The Design/Build process is recommended by NARI (National Association of Remodeling Industry) and NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association). Design/Build offers greater customer satisfaction because it eliminates all of the pricing problems, construction delays, cost overruns, and headaches so common in remodeling.
Professional workmanship is not only guaranteed by the Design/Build firm, but it will be done right the first time. Additionally, you can expect a clean work area during and after your project has been completed. At LoneStar we use BuildClean, an innovative dust control system that minimizes the migration of dust throughout a home.
Doing the Remodeling Project Yourself
If you’re not a professional interior designer, architect or engineer, then your ability to understand all of the nuances that go into doing a safe and proper remodeling project is limited.
When we work with clients, we discuss a homeowners wants and visions. During the consultation, we usually discover that homeowners want to remodel because any of the following could concern them:
• They feel cramped in their home. Maybe the shower is too small or there’s not enough storage in the kitchen or bathroom.
• They feel isolated from the rest of the family and may want to open the kitchen to the living space.
• They feel embarrassed to invite friends and family over as their home is outdated.
• When they bought their home, they planned to remodel, but it’s been put off due to “life”.
• They need more privacy and space for themselves.
• There may be a safety concern, such as mold in the shower.
Instead of hoping that you’re getting the project done right, hiring a professional Designer will ensure it gets done right.
Pulling Remodeling Project Permits Yourself
Too many homeowners lack the understanding of local zoning laws that would prompt them to get the proper building permits for their home improvement project. If you try to do your project yourself and the changes you make violate local zoning laws or building codes, then you will run into serious problems when you try to sell or refinance your home. At LoneStar, we review your plans with your local city office and get the necessary permits.
Ways to Cut Costs & Not Corners
Just because you should not cut corners on your project does not mean you cannot cut costs. For example, talk to your Design/Build professional about reusing some of the existing materials, such as: cabinets and appliances). Another way to save money is to do your project in stages to prevent having to (budget) for the entire cost at once. Get creative and try to determine ways you can save money on your project, and still get the kind of safe and reliable results you would get without cutting corners.
Planning Your Remodeling Project Costs
The average project cost varies depending on the size, the quality of materials, and whether you change the layout of the room. The following numbers were pulled from Hanley Wood’s 2018 Cost vs. Value report. Take a look and see how the numbers align to your budget. Additionally, speaking to a professional will help you get an idea of what is achievable and what may run costs up.
A home improvement project can give your home a new look, expand your living space and add value to your home. But the worst thing you can do with your project is try to cut corners and create problems that could cost a lot of money to fix in the future.