Choosing to upgrade a space can be expensive and time-consuming. Before diving into a project, getting quotes and proposals, we have a few tips on planning and executing a significant project without stress.
Tip #1- Decide what the project is!
We all have a list of home improvement “to-dos” that we want to be done ASAP, right? But, there are factors like the cost that we need to consider. Sitting down and really thinking about what project is most important to you should be your first step in the planning process. Having a clear idea of what you want to tackle first will make the quoting process quicker and easier.
Tip #2- Research the process and find Inspiration
Websites like Houzz or Pinterest allow you to create mood boards with images that inspire you. In this process, you will be narrowing down the style you want, and through the research, you will also start to get an idea of what things cost. This process will help you in the next step, too, creating a budget.
Tip #3- Create a realistic budget
Let’s say you are interested in updating your kitchen. The average mid-sized kitchen renovation costs between $30,000-$80,000 in the greater Boston area. When planning your budget, keep in mind that a quote is just a quote until the work begins. We recommend adding 10-15% to your budget to cover unforeseen expenses like material upgrades, hiring extra labor, or emergencies; at some point during the renovation, you’ll be glad you built in some breathing room.
Tip #4- Get project quotes from multiple contractors
This tip is not just about finding the best price for what you want but more so about finding the right company to make your dream a reality. Major home improvement projects are costly, and the last thing you want is to just hand over a stack of money to the first company you talk to!
Tip #5- Hire the right contractor to manage your project
Once you have a few proposals and have learned a bit about each contractor, decide whom you want to work with based on whom you connected with most. Did you connect personality-wise? Did they break down the costs expected for you in the proposal? If something was not clear, did they take the time to explain it to you? Were they willing to provide references if asked? Good communication and transparency in the quoting process are excellent indicators of how the company will manage your project!
No matter the size of your project, taking the time to research and plan it out will alleviate the stress often associated with such projects. We hope you find these tips helpful!