Remodeling your kitchen? Getting ready to renovate a bathroom? No matter what your home improvement plans careful planning can make a big difference in both the efficiency and final outcome of your project.
By AJ Fanter
December 31, 1969
Here are a few tips from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry that will help you prepare for your next home improvement project.
- To avoid the costly updates required when home improvement projects don't meet code, chose a remodeling contractor who is familiar with the building codes in your area.
- Plan ahead. Choose all of the elements you'll need for your remodeling project from lighting fixtures to flooring. That way you'll know exactly what your home improvement budget needs to be and you won't be tempted to make potentially budget-breaking choices later on.
- Be a savvy home improvement shopper. One of the best ways to decrease the cost of your remodeling project is by shopping around. Take time to compare prices on products and materials and see if you can achieve the high-end look you want for less. And remember to make your choices based on value and quality as well as price.
- Watch your labor costs. When it comes to installation, not all design features cost the same, so be sure and include labor costs when considering your design options.
- Get it in writing. A good remodeling contract can help you avoid costly mistakes and ensure that all parties agree on the scope of the work that is to be conducted and when it should be completed by.
- To reduce unnecessary confusion and chances, include your product and material choices in your remodeling contract. Be sure to use key identifying factors including sizes, colors, and model numbers.
- Save a little of your budget. Keep roughly 10 to 20% as a contingency fund to cover unexpected expenses and changes.
By keeping these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to a more affordable and efficient home improvement project. Source
About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, NV.
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