Are you gun-shy to embark on a home renovation project because you’ve heard horror stories about ballooning budgets and unending delays to the timeline? When renovation projects go wrong, it’s because homeowners and their home renovation contractors didn’t plan right or account for all possibilities. Here are some tips to avoid these setbacks and achieve your renovation goals:
Why Do You Want to Remodel?
You need to know what your renovation goals are in order to achieve them. Is your goal to create more entertainment space? Improve functionality? Update the look of a room? Make your home more energy efficient? Once you have a clear understanding of your renovation goals, stick to it. Don’t get sidetracked by other people’s ambitions or visions. If you never cook at home, do you need to splurge on restaurant quality appliances? Stick to your goals and you’ll see that less is more.
Take the time to sit down and calculate your finances. Figure out the maximum amount you’d be comfortable spending on a renovation – and then roll it back by twenty or thirty percent. Set aside this extra money in a contingency fund. Your contractor will work within the constraints of your maximum budget, but a contingency fund can help account for unpredictable expenses that would otherwise nip away at your budget. Remember, a contingency is only for emergency uses. If everything with your project goes smoothly, it should be returned to savings.
Once you have figured out your budget, you may have to face the hard reality that your wish list and pocketbook don’t quite align. If this is the case, you may have to prioritize. You can prioritize based on how much you want the change, how cost-effective the renovation is, or how much it will add to the value of your home. You may have to be ruthless chopping down your list, but it’s worth it when the beautiful project is complete.
Always Keep Your Goals In Mind
As the project progress, unpredictable developments can have an effect. There will be so many decisions to make, and you may start to feel overwhelmed. If so, always refer back to your original renovations goals. If your goal is to create a bathroom addition, does it matter if the chrome sconces are out of stock? Can the project survive with brushed nickel fixtures instead?
Any home renovation project is a big task, and it’s easy to let your budget grow wild saying yes to every opportunity or trying to plug holes left and right. With a quality professional contractor like Tri-Link Builders and this advice in mind, you can achieve your home renovation goals.