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Planning for a Home Renovation

A lot of people end up going above their planned budgets during home renovation projects which ends up making the process more stressful than it should be. This most times is because they did not plan properly and sometimes don’t even have a well-constructed budget to carry out the renovation. Hiring a good contractor in Longwood is usually a good first step when planning to do a home renovation because he can help you assess your project and suggest ways to save money while using quality materials.

How do you want to pay for your renovation project?

Before you even start talking to a contractor in Longwood, you need to first assess how much you can afford to spend on the renovation. Most people usually have some money saved up to pay for the renovation in advance. Others resort to loans and financing to get through the renovation project. If you are planning to finance, depending on the scope of work, you have options like a secured line of credit, a second mortgage or personal loans from your financial institution. The important thing is to get a low interest loan. We recommend that you speak to your financial advisor before you start to plan a home renovation.

Making a home renovation budget

It’s always hard to know exactly how much you would be spending on your renovation but here are some things to consider:

  • Plans for the finished space

    What do you have in mind for the space when done? The updates must be up to code, add value to the home and be realistic to achieve

  • Size of renovation area

    Most contractors in Longwood charge by square foot so getting a measurement will give you a rough estimate of the cost of materials and labor

  • Priorities

    Have a wish list of things you want to achieve with the renovation project and translate these to hard numbers. Seeing the numbers and value add will help in making a list of priorities and arranging the items correctly.

  • Condition of your home

    The older the home is, the more you would spend for a home remodeling project as there is a higher likelihood of discovering more issues as the work progresses.

Creating a renovation budget spreadsheet

Planning for a renovation is easy with a spreadsheet so that you can see the item, its estimated cost and the actual cost when you get it from contractors in Longwood. Spreadsheets help you track funds distribution during the project and see potential areas where you can save money.

When you create a spreadsheet, you should also do research online about prices and compare these with quotes from contractors. Because quotes will vary from one contractor to another, it is also important to compare the figures and interview each person to know what the value add is. You should also visit your local hard ware store to see what the prices are.