The year is ending soon. Many people are preparing for the holidays. Some people are repairing their home and preparing for tax season. Renovations during the winter months is more accessible than in the warmer months. Less demand for renovations and various contractors are always willing to earn extra money for the holiday season. Renovations can be affordable if you organizer your time ,money and know what you want. Here are a few guidelines on home renovation on a budget.
Make a list of repairs you need and know what you want
Renovation is important if you plan on selling your home in the near future. It is important to assess what’s old or needs replacing in your property. A full bathroom remodeling with marble floors and Italian fixtures will set you back $20,000+ .While you may just need a new toilet even an expensive TOTO or Kohler model may cost a few thousand dollars but installation is less than $300. It is also important to classify repairs as either cosmetic,functional or both. Painting your home is cosmetic but can easily add thousands of value when it comes to selling your home. Install a Central AC is functional especially if you are living somewhere that has 70 degree F weather when most places are dealing with snow. Something like remodeling a kitchen to a counter bar is an example of a cosmetic and functional repair that greatly improves the overall experience of your home.
Most Contractors are hardworking and honest people. However there are horror stories of people getting ripped off. You can find great contractors on Home Advisor or ask your friends,family,and coworkers for any suggestions. Contractors tend to overbook themselves and need to change timelines around last minute. Create a timeline for when you want all your repairs done. Schedule your appointments after your closing date if you recently bought your property.
Purchase the “finishes” (i.e. toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.) yourself to save your contractor time and so he knows what he is installing before he begins the job. Ask your contractor for his supplier list. They usually have a relationship and get cheaper items much faster than you could find as a customer. Save yourself both time and money by being wary of special order materials.
Ask your Contractor for a payment schedule if it’s a thorough project. Also if you are immediately buying a home you need cash to close. Pay your contractor on time.
Save your paperwork for warranties, especially on appliances.
Most people think of romance when they hear the word relationship. It is important to maintain a courteous and professional relationship with your contractor. It is a mutually beneficial relationship that helps you will quality work and savings and the contractor with income and word of mouth referrals. Trust is vital in the home renovation industry. It is better to pay more for a contractor you trust than a contractor you don ‘t trust with a lower quote.Point out both the good and bad of their work.