In remodeling works, the rising costs of some building materials like wood and paint are blocking our way. We expect to spend an enormous amount of money when we work in home improvements. Whether it’s a retiling task, re-painting roof repairs, windows improvement or adding cabinets in the bedroom, it involves cautious planning and allocation of budget. It is very important to consider that we evade construction barriers. This is due to the fact that we are going to spend our hard earned money to renovate and improve particular building properties. The budget consideration is very significant as other aspects are in the sidelines that require expenses in remodeling as well. With this, careful evaluation on the cost is so vital.
The principle goes like this: If the budget is affordable, renovations of everything is better in doing it once as obviously, it will cost less than redoing them in installment basis. Move out of the house and better hire an architect or civil engineer and contractor. For many people, however, making slight, incremental changes is more feasible, which is a wiser move. It’s a lot easier on the pocket.
Doing it part by part could end up being more expensive because of the start-up costs of every project. Here are some tips on how to make it feasible for you:
- Prepare a master plan.
Visualize what you really want to change or improve for the whole house:
a. Prepare a list of the scope of works to do.
b. Estimate the cost of the tasks.
c. Evaluate the priorities.
d. Break down the activities into manageable portions for budget accommodation.
Tip: When breaking down the tasks to do, work on the dirty tasks first. This includes structural modifications and adjustments, plumbing and electrical work, or any demolition activities. Finishes, like painting jobs should be considered on the last stage.
- Do it by room.
Instead of doing several areas at the same time, renovate one room completely before doing the other spaces. With this procedure, the remaining rooms due for remodeling will be available for the usual functions while the room under renovation will be made new. You can also renovate adjoining spaces (e.g. the living-dining-kitchen area) by component—floors, walls, or ceilings.
- Picture it.
Always show a plan or picture of the projected outcome, when giving instructions to carpenters. Ensure that the carpenter understands every activity to accomplish the tasks to be performed to eliminate the problems like repeating works and extra expenses. As quality teaches us, doing it right the first time.
- Find good craftsmen and keep them.
Having somebody who has been working with you for quite some time is a good idea. Referrals are still the best way to find good workers. On the other hand, you can also train them to become more competent. Some carpenters are not be very organized and systematic in their work process. Knowledgeable personnel may orient them about laying out all the materials first, and measuring them before cutting and assembling and a lot of more tasks to do.
- Pay by the job.
It is wiser to pay the laborers according to the work they’re supposed to complete, instead of per day. Deduct the corresponding amount from the bill, if the work exceeds the number of days set in the contract. You can agree to give 20–30% of the contract amount in the beginning and make progressive payments depending on how much has been accomplished. On the last day, you can perform the evaluation of the completed job. After seeing that everything is in good condition, you can pay them the last 30%. How to evaluate and to supervise the work with a full-time job? Talking to the laborers in a regular basis would allow you to monitor the flow of works. You can also ask the lead man fort an update to ensure that tasks are within the schedule.
- Buy materials in advance.
If you can allocate say only 20% of your monthly income for home improvement, instead of spending for materials in one purchasing, buy these little by little. Make sure that all materials are complete so the laborers can work continuously and to avoid delays.
Tip: Store materials you buy in a dry, safe place. You can use the storage room or a shed outside the house.
Some components or materials of the house are ideal for recycling—like doors, windows, metal components, and plumbing fixtures. Make sure these are carefully handled during construction to prevent damage so that they retain the good condition for re-use.
- Get or rent equipment.
Explore the hardware section of home depots for ways to make the work more efficient. Maximize the cost of equipment to be rented by conducting advance planning of the works, like materials needed and measurements before actual work. This holds to other works and/or worker involved in other jobs to minimize wastage of material.
- Use less labor-intensive materials.
Take this from somebody engaged in renovation or remodeling. It took only four days to retile the terrace, living room and kitchen. The secret? Ceramic tile adhesive. You may decide not to demolish the existing cement tiles and chose to install the ceramic tiles on top of them instead. The tile adhesive sets faster than cement mortar. “You can walk on them after 30 minutes!” testified by the house owner. Labor cost for not chiseling out the cement tiles will incur some savings.
- Learn from experience.
When undertaking renovation or remodeling works, it is a wise move to gain confidence by learning through experience. Be involve to learn from the contractors. Remember, house improvement remains a continuing project.