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How to stay within your home improvement budget

If you are considering making any upgrades to your home, you will first need to sit down and come up with a budget. This can often be one of the most difficult parts of the entire process, as the amount of money you decide you can spend will literally guide each and every design and improvement decision that you make. No matter the size of the project, whether you are simply painting the walls or need something more extensive - such as installing a new plumbing system - done, the budget is key to everything.

Here are a few guidelines for staying within your set costs:

  • Build in unforeseen expenses: No matter what the size of the project, there will likely be costs that you encounter along the way that were not originally included in any contractor estimates. In order to prevent a financial catastrophe, you should pad the numbers with at least a few hundred extra dollars to prevent last-minute scrambling.
  • Do your research: Before committing to one price or estimate, you should shop around different contractors or suppliers before deciding on someone to hire. That way, you will know you are getting the fairest possible price that will work within your budget.
  • Tackle one project at a time: If there are multiple jobs you want completed in your home, it might not be the most financially sound decision to get them done all at once. Taking a piecemeal approach and only focusing on one or two at a time could be very beneficial.

If you are thinking about making any improvements to your household, schedule an appointment with John C. Flood to learn more about our Alexandria, VA contractor services.