If you’re like many homeowners, you likely have a list of things to improve around your house. Whether you want to have the exterior painted, replace the carpets upstairs, or complete a kitchen remodel, we all have a list in our heads of things to change in the future. However, for most, making the list of things to improve is the easy part. The hard part is finding the time and money to complete all the projects. At Virginia Restoration Services, we understand how hard it can be to budget for big home improvement projects, which is why we’ve put together a list of tips to help you get started.
Before you even start meeting with contractors, try to form a clear idea in your mind of what exactly you want done during your kitchen remodel. Think about how you want your kitchen to serve you better and which projects you could probably live without. Does your kitchen just need a few upgrades, or is a full gut-job needed? It’s also very important not to go overboard during this step so you won’t be disappointed later. Once you have a clear idea of the scope of your project, you can use online tools or request free consultations from contractors to get a ballpark figure of what your remodel is going to cost.
Set a Firm Goal
Once you have a ballpark figure in mind, it’s time to figure out if you can actually afford it. If you plan to pay in cash, it’s pretty simple to know if you have the money or not. However, if you plan to finance this project, you’ll need to assess how much a bank will lend you and how much you can afford to pay monthly on that loan. Most homeowners are able to secure a home equity line of credit, which means that it qualifies for a lower rate than other loan types, and you can deduct the interest on your taxes.
If your actual budget won’t allow for every project you had originally dreamed up, you’ll need to make a few sacrifices to make your project fit your budget. It’s not uncommon for dreams to be a bit bigger than reality, so find creative ways to scale back your project to something more affordable. At Virginia Restoration Services, we recommend finding ways to use what you already have instead of replacing everything. For example, refinishing your countertops is a very cost-effective way to upgrade your kitchen while staying within your budget.
No matter how big or small your budget is, the experts at Virginia Restoration Services will work with you to give you the kitchen remodel you’ve always dreamed of. Get started today by contacting us in Richmond, VA at (804) 569-2197.