From careful planning to quality materials, there are many components that go into a successful home project. Whether you’re installing new siding or replacement windows, building a new deck, or replacing your home’s roof, you should follow a methodical approach to keeping your home improvement project on budget. Here are some tips.
Start With a Plan
Before you do anything or hire anyone, you should come up with a plan that includes your intended project, budget you feel comfortable with, and desired timeline for completion. Once you hire your contractor, you can go over the plan again with them, of course, to tweak some numbers and come up with a realistic course of action.
Failing to plan means you could end up spending more money than you anticipated, or extending the project farther in terms of timeline that you hoped for. Here are some things to consider:
- Choose a team of professionals
- Draw out your plan
- Come up with a budget and timeline
- Negotiate a contract
- Secure necessary permits
- Plan for problems
- Adjust as necessary
Choose Quality Materials
The materials you use in your project, whether wood for your deck, vinyl for your siding, or asphalt shingles for your roof, will directly impact their longevity and functionality. Choosing quality materials for long-term value is of paramount importance. Always ask the contractor what types of materials they prefer to work with, where they get their materials, and what kind of warranties they offer.
Get a Detailed Estimate in Writing
Before deciding on a contractor, get an estimate in writing. This will hold the contractor accountable for the project’s outcome. But keep in mind estimates are just that: the final numbers will probably be a bit different. Your contractor should keep you in the loop at all times of changes in cost.
Work With a Trustworthy Contractor
Choosing a contractor means choosing one you can trust. Do your research, ask questions, read reviews, and look into background and experience. Make sure they’re licensed and insured, with experience within your community for many years. Ask for a point of contact and phone number so you can stay in touch with your lead contractor when you have questions.
Budget for Unexpected Issues
Delays happen, problems arise, costs inflate. It’s common in a home improvement project for things to get off schedule or off budget a bit. That’s why you need to plan for those contingencies and have a backup plan just in case. Always pad your budget with extra in case you need to dip into it.
Contact Hi-Tech Windows & Siding
From roofing to doors to decks, our contractors have many years of experience in home improvement projects. Learn more when you contact us at 800-851-0900.