Remodeling costs are a huge factor when deciding if you should remodel or not. Whether you’re aiming to remodel just one room, or undergo a whole house remodel, home renovations can be very exciting. They can also be very costly. Sometimes, additional costs are incurred throughout the process because the scope of the project changes. Other times, added expenses happen due to lack of planning, poor construction techniques, or simply unexpected hurdles to cross. Let’s take a look at how you can keep your remodeling project within your budget.
Factors that affect remodeling costs
The first step to staying within your renovation budget is learning the factors that affect the overall cost. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Floorplan layout – The more the configuration of room changes with a remodel, the greater the expense will be. Work closely with your remodeling professional to determine whether the added cost of moving walls, appliances, etc. will be worth it in the long run.
- Relocating plumbing and electrical – Even if the overall floorplan stays the same, moving appliances or fixtures that use electricity and/or plumbing may mean having to relocate electrical entrances, water pipes, and gas lines. All of this adds extra expense to the overall project.
- Flooring materials – Replacing or re-doing a floor is often an integral part of a room remodel. The type of materials used, however, can greatly influence the cost. For example, tile flooring typically requires more labor and more expensive materials to install than vinyl flooring or carpet.
- Custom features or materials – One of the fun aspects of remodeling is creating something that you’ve never had before, and something that’s different than anyone else’s. Custom-built cabinets or other features will give you a one-of-a-kind design, but they will also add cost.
- Quality of construction and design – Sometimes, homeowners try to save money during the remodeling process by doing the project, or parts of it, themselves. While this may be okay for some handy do-it-yourselfers, it’s not advised for most. Lack of planning can end up costing you more than it would’ve to hire a professional if work has to be re-done, re-configured, or replaced.