01 Nov How Much Will Your Remodel Cost?
If you’re a first-time remodeler it can be really difficult to estimate the cost of your remodel. Even experienced remodelers and homeowners can have difficulty predicting the investment required to achieve the home renovation result they want, because most of us aren’t renovating homes on a regular enough basis to get an accurate idea. To get the closest possible estimate for your home remodel, your best bet is to talk to an expert remodeling contractor who has worked with homes just like yours before, and can give you a knowledgeable evaluation. You wouldn’t let your contractor start building without a plan, so don’t invest in your remodel without a plan either. Here we look at some points to consider when establishing your remodel investment value.
Planning and Expert Advice
Most homeowners have a long list of goals and ideas when it comes to remodeling a home, but clear objectives and targets are necessary when trying to establish the investment value for your remodel. Before you talk with a contractor, work out what are the real ‘must-haves’ of your remodel, and what are just the ‘desirables’, so you can prioritize the different parts of your project. While you don’t want to remodel your home and then realize you forgot to include a feature you really need, you also don’t want to fill your new space with a large number of features that are unnecessary in the long run.
Materials and Labor
Using cost guides and information from your local remodel contractor, you can begin to build estimates of your remodel investment based on the actual materials and labor that you will use. This can allow you to see how changes in your planning, design or materials choice can affect the outcome for your remodel investment.
Some of the more established and experienced remodel contractors in Pleasanton, Danville, Walnut Creek and the East Bay can even offer instant remodel cost estimation on their websites. This allows you to quickly and easily establish what the projected investment required for your bathroom remodel or kitchen remodel might be with just a few minutes online. This is an extremely useful tool for those planning a remodel project.
Of course, while remodel planning is helpful, almost every person who has remodeled will tell you that when it comes to budget, plans often don’t count for much during a remodel, with add-ons, fee changes and alterations adding costs throughout the remodel process. However, some of the more experienced and reputable remodel contractors can even offer construction pricing guarantees that keep the pricing of your remodel construction stable from the design stage, so there are no nasty surprises at the end of your remodel, keeping your budget more predictable and under control.
Beyond The Financial Investment
Many homeowner have hoped to cut costs by avoiding professional contractors and completing their remodel with DIY work. While you may have finished your planning, and figured that without an hourly rate you can save money by not having to pay yourself for labor, it’s important to consider the other costs of DIY remodeling. While you might save damage to your wallet, you might not get away without damage to your back, knees, family life and even your home. Using a remodel contractor is usually more cost effective in many ways, because it reduces the risk of property damage and injury, keeps your remodel time frame reasonable, and helps take the pressure and stress off you.
While these tips can provide a great start to planning your next remodel, for up to date and accurate advice based on your unique situation, talk to your local remodel contractor about your home remodel plans.