Thursday, March 24, 2011

Budget - My thoughts on the subject

Budget – My thoughts on the subject.
  1. Take 10- 25% of your home value.
    • 10% if it's a minor cosmetic change.
    • 15-20% if more than the first.
    • 20-25% if it's a major change.
  2. Don't think that materials and services are less expensive due to economy.
    • Suppliers have cut back on production.
    • Retailers have adjusted their inventory to account for the change in demand.
    • I'm several cases thing had increased. With gas prices this high, shipping products has increased.
  3. Compare apples to apples.
    • When getting quotes make sure everyone has the same information.
    • Cabinet companies have many different levels - make sure they are the same quality that you are comparing.
  4. Have photos of rooms and products that you like.
    • This helps the designer focus in on what it is that you want.
    • Products, colors, help the designer determine where that designer needs to take you to achieve the desired end result.
  5. Stone or Quartz counter tops.
    • Edge profiles can increase the budget.
    • Color of stone can also increase the budget.
  6. Appliances- Is there a different? My answer is YES!
    • If you can spend more in this area you won't be disappointed
    • The professional ranges, refrigerators, and dishwashers are worth it. They cook and preserve food better. The dishwashers clean better and are quieter.
    • Ask people you know that might have these upper end appliances.
    • They way you use these appliances will save you money in the long run, they are meant to last.
    • You will save money on food.
  7. Be realistic and flexible on the timetable for your project and how the process works.
    • It's never the same as a TV show; they show the stages not the time involved to get the work done. They make it look like it takes no time at all. Remember that is TV land.
    • Living without a kitchen or if it's the only bath is difficult. So be ready.
    • Make preparations for eating, cooking and bathroom needs.
    • Cooking outside, use plastic and paper dishes, maybe you need to move out for a few days while demo is in process or plumbing is being disconnected.
  8. Beware of the lowest bidder.
    • Remember that old saying "You get what you pay for"
    • Make sure everything in accounted for. Make sure the bid is complete.
    • Changes can and will happen, so make they are addresses quickly.
    • Check references, talk with past clients
    • For example not all tile setters use the same installation process.

Sincerely Yours
Angie Keyes CKD

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