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  • Writer's pictureMia Johnson

Renovations Budget - How to Determine the True Cost of Your Project

I recently had the privilege of contributing to an article for Homes and Gardens magazine, shedding light on the intricacies of budgeting for major home renovations. It's a topic that often mystifies homeowners, as they understand the expense but may not grasp the specifics behind it.


In this post, let's delve into the fascinating world of home renovation costs, exploring what factors influence them, where exactly the money goes, and strategies to stay within budget.


Firstly, it's crucial to recognize that home renovations encompass a wide array of expenses, ranging from materials and labor to permits and unexpected contingencies. I used a tiered methodology when working with clients to determine the budgets for renovations.  The cost in the US varies significantly depending on the region and the scope of the project.


So let’s break it down.


Kitchen Renovations:

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home and usually requires a significant investment for renovations. On average, homeowners should consider budgeting between $25,000 to $90,000+ for a kitchen remodel. This range accommodates everything from updating appliances and countertops to more comprehensive changes like reconfiguring the layout. The higher end of the budget allows for high-quality finishes and custom solutions, which can greatly enhance the space's functionality and aesthetic appeal.





Bathroom Renovations:

For bathroom renovations, a budget of $10,000 to $25,000+ is a good range to start with. This covers updates to fixtures, tiles, and possibly expanding the space if necessary. Bathrooms, though smaller, can be complex due to plumbing requirements, which is why they can be costly to renovate.


Bedroom and Living Room Renovations:

Bedrooms and living rooms can vary greatly in renovation costs, largely depending on the extent of the work involved. A lighter refresh, including paint, lighting, and minor updates, might range from $5,000 to $10,000. More extensive renovations, including built-ins, flooring, and structural changes, could increase costs to $15,000 or more.





Why This Budget Range?

These figures take into account the quality of materials, labor costs, and the scale of the renovations. It's crucial to invest in quality where it matters most, such as durable flooring and high-use fixtures, to ensure longevity and add value to your home.


Tips for Staying Within Budget:

* Prioritize Your Renovations: Focus on rooms that need the most attention or will add the most value to your home.

* Get Multiple Quotes: Always get several quotes for the work to ensure you are getting the best deal without compromising on quality.

* Consider Phased Renovations: If the budget is tight, consider breaking the renovation into phases to spread out the costs.

* DIY What You Can: Simple tasks like painting or minor installations can save money if you have the skills and confidence.

* Have a Contingency Fund: Unexpected costs are almost guaranteed in any renovation project. Having a contingency fund of 10-20% of your total budget can help manage these surprises without derailing your project.


In conclusion, while home renovations can be a significant investment, they also offer the opportunity to transform living spaces and enhance quality of life. By understanding the factors that influence renovation costs and implementing prudent budgeting strategies, homeowners can achieve their desired outcomes without breaking the bank.

For more insights and expert advice on home renovations, be sure to check out the full article in Homes and Gardens magazine. Happy renovating!



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