Budget Basics: Planning Your Next Home Remodeling Project

by Rose Wolkins 07/25/2021


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Your social feed is likely filled with plenty of inspiration for your next home improvement project. It's easy to scroll past images of sparkling kitchens and sleek basements and decide that now is the best time to take on your next renovation project. The next step is figuring out how to pay for everything that you want.

This guide will help you create a realistic budget that you can stick to for your next home improvement project. Outlining and adhering to a budget throughout the process will help your project move forward seamlessly. Here's what you need to do in order to create a home improvement budget:

Research the Average Costs for Your Chosen Project

There are some home improvement projects that are more costly than others. It is important to have an understanding of the average costs associated with the project of your choice, as this will help you decide if now is the right time to take on that project. For example, these are the average costs associated with common renovation projects:

  • Kitchens cost between $15,000 and $35,000 to renovate.
  • Bathrooms cost between $5,000 and $20,000 to renovate.
  • Basements cost between $10,000 and $20,000 to renovate.
  • A new roof can cost about $10,000 to install.

Itemize the Individual Costs

Once you have decided on the home improvement project that you want to pursue, you will need to itemize the individual costs. These costs can include the cost of materials, the cost of installation and the cost of labor. You should know how much of your budget is being spent on each item because it will allow you to make adjustments if needed.

Determine Where You Can Save on Costs

If you want to reduce the overall cost of your home improvement project, you can often find creative ways to save money. For instance, you may be able to reduce the cost of labor by taking on some of the work yourself. You may also be able to purchase materials from a wholesale supplier for a lower price.

Get Estimates from Contractors

Once you have determined a price point that you are comfortable with you can start getting estimates from qualified contractors. It is important to be honest with the contractors about your budget so they can determine which options are best for you. You may find that contractors are willing to work within your budget in order to secure the job.

Decide How You Will Pay for the Project

Before work begins on your home improvement project, you should come up with a plan for paying it. You may be able to pay cash up front for the project but you should also know that financing is often available.

It's important to remember that there is a wide range of budget possibilities for any home improvement project. You can choose a budget-friendly approach that allows you to renovate your home for the lowest possible price, or you can opt for a luxury project that spares no expense. There is no right or wrong way to improve your home. You simply have to find the price point that works for your personal needs.

About the Author
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Rose Wolkins

REALTOR® Rose Wolkins has been building a long list of satisfied San Diego home buyers and sellers since she began her real estate career in 1988.

Her motto “Building lifelong relationships one home at a time” exemplifies both her attitude and the care and commitment with which she serves each client. It all begins with communication – in listening well, being readily available to answer questions, and keeping clients fully informed throughout their transactions. She’s also known for staying one step ahead of things, so she can keep transactions on track and address issues before they become problems.

Always striving to do the best for her clients, Rose stays current with changes in laws and technology through taking numerous classes throughout the year. She also stays current with the ever-changing San Diego housing market.

While she thoroughly enjoys using her advertising, photography, staging, marketing, and negotiating skills to successfully sell her listings, her favorite part of the business is handing overjoyed buyers the keys to their new home. She loves sharing the joy.

In addition to supporting her clients, Rose supports the real estate industry and was voted chairperson for the North County Real Estate District Coordinating Committee several years in a row. Voted a 5 Star Top Real Estate Agent for the past several years and now again in 2020, she’s also a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors.

In her free time, Rose enjoys reading, gardening, exercising, using her considerable photography skills, and spending quality time with friends and family. When you’re looking for a San Diego agent who knows the territory well and who will dedicate herself to turning your real estate goals in to reality, take this advice from her past clients: “Call Rose Wolkins.”