How to Define the Proper Budget For Your Home Improvement Project

Posted by Lori Bragg - 07 May, 2021

Making your home beautiful, updated, and functional is even more important than ever before, since so many people are spending more time at home and trying to make their space a haven from the challenges outside their homes. Home projects like interior design projects can add a fun weekend hobby, make you feel good, and even sometimes add to your home’s value when you go to sell. Real estate agents in Florida often recommend making careful interior design choices when staging a home for sale, and for good reason - it has a major impact on how potential buyers value the home.

That being said, it’s very easy to overshoot your budget quickly if you aren’t deciding on the project’s goals mindfully. In order to both get the results you want and not break the bank, here are some steps to set an interior design project budget.

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Start with the Dream

Whether you’re considering an outdoor kitchen or updating a bathroom, it’s valuable to start with the big picture: what are you actually wanting to accomplish? Of course, it’s also valuable to organize your essentials, the things that will most impact your family’s life or the value of your home, but you also want to have a few ‘nice-to-have’ items on your list, since if you economize in one area of the budget, there might still be room to add some of those extra touches.

Look for Industry Standard Pricing For Major Changes

Start by doing some research into what costs come with certain aspects of your planned remodel or upgrade: adding cabinetry, changing walls, and replacing hardware all require components of your budget, and the current prices could impact your choice of what to do in what order.

Map Out a Budget, Mid-Range, and Luxury Scenario

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A great way to land at a reasonable but effective update budget is to price out what it would cost to do the bare essentials with the lowest bidders and then price out what it would cost to pull out all the stops and complete every part of the project at a level you see as luxurious. Then, aim to create a budget in the middle, where you aim a little high on items that matter a lot to you and budget less for the things you care less about. The totals you come to might surprise you, but knowing them really helps you figure out your timeline and how you’ll finance the project.

Add Up Totals and See Where You Land

The totals for your different products and services should now give you a high-end budget, a mid-range budget, and the cheapest you can manage for that project. If these numbers are all higher than you expected, that’s okay: many projects can be broken into stages, or you can consider saving for a few additional months to really be able to get your dream kitchen or bathroom. However, if you are comfortable with the mid-range number you’ve chosen, that budget is often a very good, flexible one to work with: you get a few of the exciting touches you found for the luxury budget, but you get to save on items that are less of a priority. What results is a project you can be proud of, for a price you can afford.

Topics: Kitchen Remodeling, Budget, home remodeling


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