How much can I realistically afford?
Whether you are tapping into your home’s equity or using savings to spruce up your space, you need to be clear about your budget. Draft one that includes a baseline as well as an absolute ceiling. Repeat after us: Overages seriously add up. Sure, the brushed brass facets are so now, but are they so you? Make sure you draft a budget with your contractor and stick with it. Research finishes, style options, and other materials ahead of contracting so you can avoid those extra charges. Maintain a contingency fund of 15 per cent of the total project or unforeseen costs—deleading, we’re looking at you. While hammering out the numbers, don’t forget to explore federal tax credit programs.
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