Why is it important to develop a budget for your renovation project?

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One of the hardest things to discuss when it comes to a renovation project is the money part. I know this to be true, because I ask all of my potential clients if they’ve considered a budget for their project. Surprisingly, a lot of people don’t have one. Either they don’t know what it costs to renovate or they are looking for a quote to see if they can afford to renovate. I’m here to tell you that the best way to go about planning a renovation is to start with the budget. Here are a few reasons why:

Knowing your budget can help determine if your project is possible.

Probably the biggest reason that I, as a contractor, ask a potential client about their budget is mainly to determine if they have enough money to even do what they want to do. If a person’s budget is not sizable enough, there is little point going through the process of producing a quote.

Having a budget helps save time.

If you’ve developed a budget ahead of time, a lot of time can be saved during product selection. For example, if you know that a budget falls in the mid-range for a bathroom, you can then easily choose the fixtures and trims that go with a mid-range budget. It avoids the time spent selecting something that ends up either being too cost-prohibitive or too economical. 

Having a budget helps make decisions.

Not sure if a quartz counter top makes sense in your bathroom? A budget combined with a list of “must-haves” and “would-be-nice-to haves” can help narrow down which products you choose and help avoid the cost creep that can happen with various upgrades.