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Remoding Tips, Tricks and Services

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No one likes to cut a budget, especially when it's his or her own. But when it comes to planning a remodeling project, homeowners must establish a realistic budget . . . and actively manage it. Preparing for a remodeling project is a lot like preparing to buy a car. You may know the room and style you want, but the options you choose may drive the price higher than you can reasonably afford. But there are ways to stretch the remodeling budget and end up with stylish results within budget.

Hire a professional contractor who is familiar with the building codes in your area. Updating work that does not meet code can be extremely expensive.

Make decisions based on value and quality, not just price.

A well–written contract can prevent costly mistakes or additions to the scope of your project. It is a critical step in maintaining your budget.

Save money by planning. Go through the design plan first and then choose everything you want to include in the new room(s), from appliances to light fixtures, etc. This will define your budget and prevent hasty (and costly) decisions later in the project. Be sure to include all your product and material selections in the contract to avoid confusion and unnecessary change orders. Include the model, size, color, and other specifications. It is also wise to save 10–20 percent of your budget to allow for items added to the scope of work.

The number one way to decrease the cost of your remodeling project is product choices. Look around to determine whether you can achieve a similar look with a less expensive product.
In addition, pay attention to how labor intensive some design features may be, for example laying ceramic tile on kitchen countertops and the backsplash.

Compare products and their prices carefully before you make final decisions. And keep an open mind when you discuss product and design ideas with your contractor.

General Remodeling Tips

Be creative. There are often multiple solutions to accomplish a design objective, some more expensive than others. Discuss various options with your contractor.

If all the room really needs is a facelift, make the most of changes with paint, as opposed to structural changes.

Changing the color of a room can revitalize it. This is the easiest way to bring life to a room on a budget.

Heavy or textured wallpaper can work wonders as well. You can save money by wallpapering a slightly damaged wall rather than replacing it. If the wall has grass cloth wallpaper on it, consider whitewashing it for a totally new look. Several layers of whitewash (in various shades of white) produce a clean, sophisticated look in any room.

Faux finish painting or other textured decorative painting techniques also can hide minor damage or irregularities that flat paint won't.

Attempt to keep windows in their existing places during a remodeling project. Moving windows is not a cost–saving endeavor.
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