Friday, January 4, 2013

Contractor Tips for Remodeling on a Budget

Remodel without sacrificing your style or budget

Remodeling can be expensive, and many times more costly than you originally expected, especially  if you start to make changes during the process.  Stay on plan by following these contractor tips for remodeling on a budget.

1.  Find a contractor that has a creative mind and is considerate of your budget.  Be honest about your budget from the start.  If a contractor knows you are serious about doing business with them, and not shopping around for a bunch of estimates,  they will spend more time finding creative ways to meet your criteria.

2.  Time is money. Pick a contractor and architect that will work in completing your plans in a timely manner. Before finalizing this step, make sure you are 100% satisfied with them. Making changes during the remodeling process means costly change orders down the road.

3.  Shop for good deals. Once your plans are complete, and you know what is needed for the project, shop around at second hand stores, tag sales, and Craig's list for budget friendly items.  It's important this step is done prior to the start of the remodel. Making changes during the process will effect both budget and cost.

Repurposed cabinets for the kitchen
Using salvaged items does not mean you need to compromise style. These 42" raised panel cabinets, the stainless steel appliances, and the black granite counter tops are all second hand finds. If you have these items on hand prior to the start of the project, a creative contractor can make it work.

4.  Do some work on your own. This should be addressed during your first meeting with the contractor as some may not allow this.  If your contractor is open to it, do the work when it's convenient to the contractor, such as on the weekends.

5. Have a good attitude. You  know the golden rule, treat others how you want to be treated. Treat your contractor and his subcontractors with respect. Your kindness will go a lot further, especially in the case that you decide on some last minute changes.

6.  Make prompt payments.  Abide by the terms of your contract and meet payment deadlines.  Failing to do so can hold up the project. Developing a good relationship with your contractor, means they are more likely to go that extra step for you when  needed.

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