Each home is has to room for improvement, some have more room than others. No matter if you simply need more space, grown tired of outdated fixtures and features, or want to invest in your home to bump up the resale value, financial planning of the project is as important as your design and decorating ideas.
Continue reading for great tips on budgeting for your upcoming improvement project to ensure that is a success and avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Any and all improvements that you decide to make to your home should pitch in on its overall value. Home improvements are just as much of an investment as your home purchase. Before you start, ensure that your plans well add real value, and that you avoid “over improving”, or putting more money into your home than you will recoup.
Determine just how much money you really have for your project. For money that you have borrowed, make sure that you add your repayment into your monthly budgeting. The last thing you want to do is overextend your finances.
Talk to a Professional
If you plan on working with a general contractor or a designer, talk with them to get a better idea of what your project might cost, and any additional advice or ideas. Be sure to add a contingency of at least 10% for unforeseen or unexpected expenses. If you are interviewing several contractors, remember that the right fit is often better than the lowest price.
Use Your Skills
It is very possible to reduce the cost of a home renovation project by handling some of the work yourself. If you’re handy in any area, you will have more time to put into other decorating ideas!