Everybody’s looking to save a buck, and this is especially true with something as substantial as home renovation. There are lots of projects out there that don’t cost much, but when you start talking about major home renovations (a kitchen or a bathroom, for example), you’re looking at sizeable investments. It’s important to maximize your budget and save cash — but it’s also important to keep long-term value at the front of your mind.
Here are four important ways that you can maximize the budget you have for your home renovation.
1. Plan carefully
Your long-term goals can easily become clouded by the many details and decisions involved in a home renovation. To get the most out of the budget that you have, a detailed plan (either written down or thoroughly discussed) is key. This plan should include every aspect of the renovation, and should be refined in close collaboration with your contractor.
2. Hire a reputable home renovation contractor
The benefits of a reputable home renovation contractor go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. When you have a master contractor in your corner (who is also reputable and service-oriented), a lot of your problems will take care of themselves. The more experienced your contractor is, the more valuable and trustworthy their advice and recommendations will be. A good contractor definitely helps pave the way for you to maximize your budget.
3. Talk about ways to save on materials
Again, this is where the right contractor comes in handy. Materials are obviously one of the most expensive components of home renovation projects, but it may be possible to get a better deal on those materials — if you have a contractor that has good relationships with suppliers.
Some contractors assume that you want to finish your home with high-end materials, such as vaulted ceilings or rounded arches in the doorways. If you don’t care about these kinds of touches, your contractor needs to be aware of this. Saving on materials without compromising value comes down to clear communication.
4. Don’t cut corners (long-term value is what’s important)
As you near the finish line for your renovation, you may be tempted to advise your contracting team to cut corners in order to finish sooner. You may also be tempted to cut other corners in order to stretch your budget — but beware. Sticking to your original plan and allowing your contractor to complete the job correctly will probably give you a better long-term value in the end.
Finding the right answers for your renovation work
What defines a successful renovation project? Homeowners who have been through renovations know that the answer is multi-faceted, and goes beyond the finished results. Staying on (or under) budget is one of the most important concerns of renovating homeowners. The reality is, you’re much more likely to stay on budget and on schedule when you have a contractor who really knows their stuff. When you ask the right questions and communicate openly throughout the planning process, you’ll find it much more simple and easy to maximize your budget.