Why It's Important to Set a Remodeling Budget
If we walk away with a few new lessons in 2020, one will be the constant reminder of why it's so important for clients to set a remodeling budget, in advance. Our industry is busy right now, interest rates are so low, homes are being remoded and new homes are flying off the market. Ask anyone in this space .. it's a constant balance between current client work and opportunities ahead.
But there are many reasons why setting a budget matters, and we will dive into a few of those here.
Ask the Question
This is one of the earliest questions we have to ask. Yes, it's uncomfortable, and often met with an awkward silence, or an email that won't get replied too. But we have to start somewhere, remodeling isn't a fixed number, and there are many ways to approach your remodeling goals with many different cost implications.
Three Bid Comparison
We're not fixing a leaky faucet, with three bids and the most economical one wins! Gone are the days of grabbing multiple bids and finding the most affordable option. We firmly believe this is a people business, and we're here to earn your trust. It's our goal to bring together a dream team to make your space functional with design enhancements you've likely been dreaming up for some time. We do this by getting to know you, taking you behind the scenes to share our process and set expectations early. This may involve sharing past client contacts to speak to the integrity and quality of work we deliver. In most cases, our clients come with a referral from a past client, this is the best marketing plan we can put together.
Everyone Has a Budget
Let's face it, everyone has a budget. There is no exception to this rule. Setting this expectation early, saves time for everyone, and most importantly - your time! It also helps gain attention when reaching out to contractors, that you're serious, you may have done your homework and this will set you inquiry apart from others.
What Are Your Renovation Goals
Setting goals is key in every renovation, knowing the financial investment you are prepared to make will help our team along with those goals. Compromises will need to be made in order to achieve the end goal, it'll be worth it, in the end you won't have buyers remorse for over spending. Vice versa, you may be willing to kick in a little extra cash as we move through the process to upgrade to your dream 60" range in the kitchen.
We're not the only expense in a remodel, we get that. You will have an accessory and furniture budget. There may even be a few small expenses that you didn't anticipate, such as relocating during the messy parts of the project, or the increased meal expense while eating out, maybe it's the time you spent making decisions on this project that took you away from your 'paying' job.
Talk to Your Lender
Have the conversation with your lender, or partner. However you may be financing the project, know what you can afford and what you're willing to invest into the project. And be prepared to do a bit of research, sharing your new knowledge with your contractor helps level set expectations and that you're ready to advance to the next stage of a major project - during busy times like these, this will set you apart and help you gain the financial investment you're after.
It Takes Time
Believe it or not, we do not have a template to complete estimates, maybe we will in 2021! For now, we haven't developed a system that allows us to do this authentically and unique to each clients needs. That being said, each estimate we put together can take several hours and leans into the mind share of 20+ years in the business, which has a value on it's own to delver accuracy from the onset. With this mindset we cannot provide an estimate to everyone that reaches out, nor can any other contractor. We have to have a process to 'vet' our leads, find partnerships within our potential clients that are willing to meet us half way. Have an open conversation early about renovation goals and pricing are step #1 to proceeding to step #2.
If you're wondering what does a remodel cost, as you're trying to set your budget, read more here in our renovation series. Hope this helps clarify the importance of knowing your budget, we love being a resource, so please let us know if we can help with your project!
Katie and Jkath Team
Take a look at a few recent projects that we've completed.
Arden Avenue - Whole house renovation
Westbrook Road - Kitchen remodel
Lake Harriet - Whole house renovation
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