Remodeling or planning for home remodeling is an exciting prospect. As a homeowner looking into your upcoming project, you will spend hours comparing your options for your new home layout and design, flooring samples, paint colors, and appliances. The first step to making sure your project goes off without a hitch when it comes time to execute is effectively visualizing the scope of what you want done. Once you solidify your vision, it will be time to contact a skilled remodel and renovation service, such as Dirt Connections, for a free estimate.
Depending on the quality of contractor you select, your estimate will give you the perfect idea of how much you can expect to spend on materials, labor, and other incidentals. During any project, unexpected expenses can arise, so you may need to leave some room on your budget just in case. In addition there are few other key tips we’ve provided below to make sure the money you’ve put aside for your project gets you from start to finish.
Compare Materials and Appliances
When it comes to selecting materials for everything from flooring to cabinetry, it can be enticing to go for high-end options that will put a serious dent in your funds. If you don’t have a lot of money to work with, consider lower-cost alternatives that replicate the look and feel of more luxurious options, while helping you pinch a few pennies. Modern technology has made a variety of options available that mimic classic materials, without sacrificing durability or cost effectiveness.
Additionally, when examining the myriad of options for light fixtures and appliances, consider energy-efficient options and environmentally sustainable choices. Low energy light fixtures that turn off automatically when a motion sensor goes untriggered for a predetermined amount of time, as well as low energy washers and dryers, kitchen appliances, and washing machines will help you save money over time in the form of reduced energy bills every month. These items also add value to your home, making it more attractive to potential buyers should you decide to sell in the future.
Prioritize Your Family’s Needs
When you start visualizing your project, look at what you think you’ll be able to afford, then scale your project to immediately address the most pressing needs you are trying to address and goals you are trying to accomplish. Remodeling is most often not only undertaken for cosmetic reasons, but also to improve the functionality of the space in question. Focus your project on improving functionality and the livability of your home, not on luxury or overly lofty builds.
If you need more space for your growing family, but really want a man cave, try to find a compromise where adding space to your home is primary, and devote leftover money to putting that wetbar in the basement. Planning based on wants will only inconvenience you and your family later when unfunctional aspects of your home begin appearing in your daily lives.
Consult with the Experts, Family, and Friends
A variety of online resources are available for homeowners to estimate the preliminary costs of their upcoming home remodel or renovation. However, only by having an experienced contractor who will actually visit your home and inspect the site, will you get the most realistic estimate you need to plan the budget for your project. Once you have received the estimate, feel free to compare that estimate with family and friends who have had similar projects completed in the past. This will also help with prioritizing your project, by discussing your goals with people who know you well.
Contact Dirt Connections Today
Dirt Connections offers years of experience in providing Fairfax home remodeling services and can help plan and budget for their upcoming renovation and remodeling projects such as home additions. Nothing compares to the trusted advice of an expert when dealing with project funding. If you have questions or concerns about making your money stretch far enough to get your project done or; are interested in free dirt delivery for your project reach out to Dirt Connections for a free site visit, consultation, and estimate today.