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Home Remodeling On A Budget

Everyone has experienced a home project that has gotten a bit out of hand. It starts out with just a little bit of paint and some new flooring and by the time the work is done, the cost has become much more than anyone thought and the work took twice as long to complete. Unfortunately, planning out a home remodel tends to take on some similar characteristics. Without the right amount of budgeting and research, you could find yourself with only half the work completed and the lack of funds to keep up the project.

Decide What Needs to Be Done:

Do you already know exactly what you want to change about the house? Are you planning to work on just one room, or is this the type of project that is going to take over at least half of the house? Make a list of everything you are looking to change. Even if you aren`t sure about the specifics, just write down the spaces that you are not happy with. At the very least, this gives you a place to start and can help you decide which projects are most important and where you want to invest the majority of your money.

Do the Research:

If you aren`t sure about the changes that you want to make, talk to a professional. For example, if you want to create a walk-in closet, but you have no idea what your options are, a professional organizer or contractor can come in and explain how much space can be added to your current closet and what type of features (like drawers, racks and even shelves) can be installed to make the space more usable. At the same time, you can get an estimate on each one of the ideas suggested. Even if you think you can do the work on your own for less money, consider using the professional estimate as a guide. It helps to be under budget instead of over budget when it comes to a home remodel.

Don`t Forget about the Smaller Expenses:

Those little things tend to add up quickly. Buying a few nails here or some wall anchors there will add up and becomes a major expense if not kept in check. While you may not be able to come up with an exact budget, whenever possible, add some money to cover those smaller, miscellaneous expenses. Some families choose to create an overflow fund for their budget. They can dip into this when needed, but once it is empty, nothing new can be added to the project.

Depending on the type of remodel you are working on, permits may be required for any new construction. This is another added expense that people tend to overlook. Be sure to include this in your plan as well as the cost of clean-up. When you pull all of the appliances, cabinets and counter tops out of the kitchen, make sure you figure in the cost of getting these items removed from your property as well as any trash that accumulates.


Once the major work is complete, you will be able to see the space really come together. However, there are still some expenses that need to be addressed. Chances are that you want to change up some of the ddcor or highlight some of the changes that have been made. Try to factor in everything, from door curtains to area rugs, as part of your remodel budget. Redecorating is often part of the process.

Source: http://www.dunelm-mill.com/

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