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June 07th, 2016 | Author:

If you’re like most homeowners, the idea of starting a renovation project in your home puts some serious fear into you. We’ve all heard the crazy stories about projects that never end, and obviously, you don’t want to be included among their ranks.

However, renovating your home is really the only way to get the house you’ve always dreamed of. While it can seem like a painful process, there are also some beneficial ways you can ensure that you don’t end up in the middle of a project that’s gone completely off the rails.

Use this guide to learn more about renovating your home on a budget and how you can do it without losing your sanity in the process.

Interview Multiple Contractors

Finding a contractor to help you with a home renovation project can be a daunting task for the average homeowner. That doesn’t mean you should just pick the one who helped with that small project 10 years ago, or the one that your neighbor said did decent work.

Always take the time to interview at least two contractors. Ideally, you should look to at least three to four if you want the best balance of quality work and an affordable price.

Always Get Bids

When you’re dealing with contractors, it can be easy to just pick one and go with whatever quote they give you. After all, they’re professionals, and most professionals charge pretty competitive prices, right?

Not all contractors do, and some may be out of your price range. Whenever you’re considering working on a home renovation project, take the time to get multiple free estimates from general contractors in your area.

It’s worth the extra time to potentially save yourself thousands of dollars.

Know Your Needs

A lot of homeowners dream of renovations that include everything from a home office to that listening room and home theater they have always wanted. While that’s nice to fantasize about, expectations that get out of control can lead to disappointment when the renovation actually happens.

Figure out what you really need in a renovated home and stick with the basics. If you have the budget, add creature comforts or amenities that you will truly use. Take the time to figure out if you’re just imagining your needs or if you really know you need that home office and theater.

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