Paula Webster. Home Renovation. September 27th , 2018.
Loans and Lines of Credit - These are popular options that offer interest rates substantially lower than those charged for credit cards, but often higher than those of home equity loans. One disadvantage of personal loans is that once they are repaid you need to reapply to obtain more funding. Lines of credit are ongoing, up to the credit limit, so there is no need to reapply if you need more funds. (A line of credit with room on it above and beyond the cost or the renovation will come in handy on a plumbing job gone bad - see above.)
Still, you probably want some advance advice about how to budget for your renovation. It is important to consider two main factors that will affect the price tag on your project - soft costs and hard costs. Soft costs include design and budget development, permit fees, and professional fees (i.e. the cost for architecture and interior design). Hard costs are related to the construction phase of your project and will include the cost of labour and materials. In the typical renovation, soft costs account for about 30% of your budget, while hard costs make up the remaining 70%.
Carrying out some of the renovation tasks on your own can help you save a lot on the costs. However, you need to be aware of your skills and opt for the tasks accordingly. For example, if you have never engaged in the task of crack filling, you better leave this task to the professionals until you are willing to learn during this crucial time. Moreover, most of the people feel quite comfortable with the not-so-technical tasks such as painting. Therefore, carefully analyze your skills and thereafter opt for the task of your choice. However, in your attempt to save the money by doing the task yourself, never compromise with the quality and standard of work.
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