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Category Archive for "Budget"

How Much Will My Remodeling Project Cost?

We look at our skills and expertise to determine if we are a good fit for our prospects. Sure, we do all sorts of different projects, but I was recently asked what we are best at. I like to put a modern twist on the old saying “Cheap-Fast-Great, pick 2.” Quality, Cheap, Fast, Easy, Personalized...

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Pick the Cheapest Contractor; What Could Go Wrong?

A friend and potential client used another contractor because we were more expensive than she could afford at the time. We designed her project, and then parted as friends. Now that the project is nearing the finish, here is what her experience was. The regrets keep piling up, but hey, he was cheaper. What she...

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How long do you expect your remodeling project to last?

While researching an article on how long things should last, it dawned on me that remodeling and building science as well as the industry as a whole has really evolved in my lifetime. I am regularly asking my prospects “how long they expect your remodeling project to last”?  They typically had never given it any...

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Is remodeling on a dime worth it?

As a sustainability nut in the remodeling world, I often learn lessons the hard way. This recent example reminded me again that as counter intuitive as it seems replacing old parts is the best practice when the budget is tight. I am often asked to reuse existing parts in order to keep the budget to...

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Being brutally honest rules

On a recent revisit of a potential project my client laid out a plan for a large remodeling project. Brutally honest sometimes hurts After careful consideration, I told the clients exactly what I they didn’t really want to hear. That I felt that the project was not viable then went on to offer several alternative...

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What is the right price for a remodeling project?

After quoting a price for several small repairs, and providing an opinion of cost for an addition, a potential client said, “That is more than a project like this should cost, according to the internet”. Dumfounded, I said, “You obviously weren’t looking in the right place on the internet”. I also wished her the best...

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The 3 Most Expensive Phrases in Remodeling Are?

The budget is a fickle thing; rarely in my experience is there a client for whom cost is no object. In this article I liken the remodeling process to a river raft trip. There is a point at which clients lead themselves to second guess themselves. During a project it is not uncommon to be...

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Can you give me a cost breakdown?

I have read and been coached for years that a professional remodeler does not give a cost breakdown. The problem remains that I firmly believe that it is intuitive for a client to want one. Perhaps there is a client type that doesn’t care about price, I have not met one. On the other hand,...

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Who Wants to Pay For Anything Twice?

I am following a thread on my contractors’ LinkedIn site about how much markup folks are charging around the country for remodeling projects. From the thread sparked this thought: As a professional remodeler I understand what it costs to run my business and I charge the appropriate markup to keep the doors open and make...

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What’s More Important, the Budget or What You Get?

Big Bucks is no joke. We are constantly trying to get our clients to focus on not changing the scope of work while we are in the Design Developmental stage of remodeling. The next challenge is to deal with our own creative nature when it comes to finding opportunities to improve things during the project....

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