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Home remodeling can be a pricey proposition. The bigger the renovation job, the more you should build into your budget for unexpected costs. Obtain written estimates for demolition and removal of construction debris; the cost of building materials, appliances, fixtures, flooring, cabinetry, and countertops; and the cost of necessary electrical, plumbing, and finishing work as well as any fees related to code compliance. If you’re hiring an outside contractor, make sure the estimate spells out all labor costs, insurance, change orders, and overage charges, and includes written warranties. Also, double-check that the estimate sets specific deadlines and payment terms.
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