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The Cost Of Remodeling Your House
First, how much does it cost to remodel a single room? Did you know depending on the size and extra features, it could cost anywhere from $10,000.00 to $70,000.00? Yes, that is per room. So if you have plans to remodel your entire house, hopefully you have some money lying around somewhere.
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How It All Adds Up
Whether you decide to hire a contractor or do the task yourself, the money is still going towards the same place. First, you need to buy the materials, then the tools, and then either invests time in pulling it together yourself, or in paying for labor. Even consulting with a contractor for a quick estimate can cost a notable amount of money.
How A Contractor Makes Extra
The shady contractor is hoping one of two things will happen. First, you won't call him and you will attempt to remodel the house by yourself. Having no real training, you will make many major mistakes and then finally throw in the towel and hire a contractor to finish the job. The contractor will have to charge you extra for all the damage you did. Second, if you're wise enough to step out of the way (provided you don't have special training) then the contractor hopes you don't have a clear understanding of what you want or how the typical remodeling project works. Then the contractor can estimate a low price (not in writing) and convince you some time later that you need extra work done. Your budget suddenly sky rockets.
How To Reduce Costs
If you choose to deal with a contractor then shop around for the best estimate. Then, get everything in writing and take nobody at his or her word. Beyond that, it really helps to know your house and to know specific information on what you want accomplished in this remodeling project. Even though you're not going to remodel it yourself, study up on it as if you were. This way, no extra costs will sneak past you. Another option is to hire a contractor for only specific jobs. For instance, by buying all the parts and tools yourself, you save the contractor time and money; that is, money extra you don't have to pay. Are there minor jobs that you can do yourself that don't necessarily require specialized training? Like cleaning, demolishing walls, screwing and unscrewing and other related jobs? The less you see of a contractor the less you have to pay him.
Shop For Value
Even if you're handling the job yourself, be sure to shop smart. High quality tools from manufacturers Dremel, Makita and Ryobi may cost more than ordinary tools you find at the local hardware store. For simple jobs, simple and economic tools are acceptable. Last but not least, get a professional estimate when you're planning your project. An online calculator or your own gut feelings are nothing to bank on when it comes to remodeling costs.
If you shop smart and plan your operation shrewdly you can get the best value for your money.