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How to Avoid Overspending on Your Project

Whether you are redesigning your home or working on an outside home improvement project, it is important to avoid overspending.


Renovations to any part of a home can become costly if you are not managing how your money is spent. Making renovations to your home is typically a good thing, especially if you are looking to resell your home at some point. Different projects build character, which will make your home more unique. However, home renovations should be planned out carefully to ensure that you do not overspend. These renovations can be for your own enjoyment or may be necessary to sell your home. As long as you stay on task with your spending, it will not be hard to see the project through. For more information on the best ways to budget your spending for your home project, the challenges of doing it yourself, why you should focus on one project at a time and other ways to save, refer to the sections below.

Do Your Research

There are many advantages to renovating your home and updating different projects in your space. The first step to doing any renovations should be researching how much it costs to complete the specific project. This will tell you whether you need to save more money or if your original estimate of the cost was way too high. If you were expecting the project to cost more money, you will have a little more room to add to the project.


After you have decided which home project to start with, it is important to get an estimate on how much this will accurately cost. Researching how much you should save before beginning the project is important, but in order to move forward, do not rely on your own research. If the project is big enough, it may be helpful to go with a professional quote. Overspending is easier to do if you do not get an estimate from professionals on your home project.

Choosing a Room to Improve

Depending on the project you are doing in your home, there are some numbers to keep in mind. First, you must know your home’s worth. This will let you know whether the project is even worth doing. Small projects like a bathroom remodel or a new deck should cost between 12 to 15 percent of your home’s value, while a kitchen remodel should be no higher than 25 percent of the home’s value.

If you want to start a new project in your home but are not sure which room to begin with, try to stay away from the kitchen. Kitchens require the most work and usually offer the least amount of return on investments. Consider remodeling your bathroom to get the most out of your investment. After you get an estimate for the home project, make sure it is not more than half of what your home is worth.

If you plan to do more than one home project, always start with the small project. After this one is finished, focus on the bigger project. This strategy will stop you from overextending your budget.

When choosing a project, make sure it is not too far off from the theme of your entire home. If it is, the remodel will clash with other parts of your home and you will have to spend even more money to make everything look good together.

Ways to Save Money

While hiring a team is ideal for home renovations, it can be costly. There are a lot of benefits to doing a project on your own, including saving a lot of money. You can save money on materials for your project by going to recycling centers to purchase them, as well as repurposing items you already own.

If you are interested in completing the project on your own, consider buying your materials from a Habitat for Humanity REstore. Habitat for Humanity has around 400 REstores worldwide. These stores offer salvaged items for sale at prices that are half off from other retailers. You can find anything from acrylic skylights to pre-hung doors. All of the items are gently used and recycled.

Before you start your home project, another way to save money with Habitat for Humanity is to have them come remove the old materials from your home. At no cost, Habitat for Humanity can come to your house and collect fixtures and other materials to resell. Sometimes, it costs money to discard certain items, but if Habitat for Humanity comes to get them from you, it eliminates any costs you would have had to pay. In addition to this, you can receive a tax write off.


Doing It Yourself (DIY)

Overspending on your home project should be avoided at all costs. Even if you follow the steps above, it is still easy to end up spending more money than you initially planned to. Fortunately, there are many ways to save on your remodeling projects without sacrificing anything. One of the most popular options is simply taking on a DIY renovation or home project.

If you find a certain home design that you would like to try that is not within your budget, try completing the project yourself with cheaper material. It probably will not look exactly the same, but it will come close and may cost significantly less. This idea also allows you to customize your design to your liking and home.

If you have not considered going to auctions to find materials, you may want to look into this option, as auctions also have gently used material that can come in handy. While doing a home project yourself can be a pain, auctions will have everything you need to complete your home project at a low cost.

If you are working with a contractor, it would not hurt to start making some decisions early. By going to a hardware store and noting how much certain items cost, you can become knowledgeable on how much you should be spending on materials.

Finally, if you are looking to start a major home project, make sure you have a contingency fund. It does not have to match your original budget, but it should have enough money to cover unforeseen problems or issues that arise as you work through your project.



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