Cost Control when Renovating

Cost Control when Renovating

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Low costs do not have to equal to low-quality finishes when it comes to a renovation project, as there are many ways to keep a tight lid on your budget.
Renovation projects are notorious for going over budget, due to the nasty occurrences of the unexpected or unwanted surprises or the over spending on fixtures and fasteners, contractors or materials.
However, there are certain measures you can take to keep your costs under control when renovating and replacing kitchens, bathrooms or period features, and all without resigning yourself to a poor quality finish.

The first measure is to take the time to carefully plan your renovation. A clear idea of the area/s of renovation can allow a professional to quote for the work more easily – especially if you make it clear what you want from the project. This can also allow you to anticipate where problems may arise, and by doing so you can also gain a clear idea of the basic budget by listing down all the costs needed.

Material costs can certainly vary, and you have the choice of either leaving it to the contractor or buy them yourself. If you do choose to purchase materials yourself, then don’t just visit the DIY stores, visit and talk to the local tradesmen too and search online for the products. Also, one of the easiest cost controls is to keep things easy – by choosing standard-sized fixings and fasteners, use materials which most tradesmen are familiar with and generally try not to over-complicate matters.

Of course, one simple way of reducing costs is to undertake some of the work yourself on a DIY basis, as this may save you money on building contractors. However, do not attempt this option if you lack the correct skills needed for the job, and this includes even the most fundamental skills of patience and enthusiasm. Correcting bad DIY efforts could actually end up costing more than if you got the professionals in to begin with.

Some definite “no no’s” on the DIY front include plastering, electrical work, plumbing work that involves heating/gas, bricklaying and any other more expensive material work such as floor tiles or glazing. These are all skilled professions and no matter how enthusiastic you are it is always suggested that you contact the appropriate professional for the job.

Building contractors can not only offer their professional skills to the project but can also advise and guide you in any problematic areas of the project. The same goes for other tradesmen professionals you may need to use for intricate plumbing or rendering etc, and it is essential to find out whether you will need to hire any specific tools. Again, this may be part of the contractors full bill, but if you are doing some labour by yourself then you will need to know what tools to hire and at what cost.

Other aspects to consider avoiding when trying to keep the costs down is buying cheap and nasty products, and the saying “buy cheap, buy twice” couldn’t be truer. Cheap fixings and fasteners like screws or nails can snap bend or round off, and the same applies for adhesives and grout, and tools such as drills and saws. Cutting corners on these things can ultimately mean spending more money than you have to, so be sure to buy good quality materials and products if you want a decent renovation.

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Krayton M Davis

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