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5 Keys to Keeping Within Your Renovation Budget

Advice from Your Trusted Bay Area Remodeling Contractor

home renovation services in Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose, Cupertino, CA

Keeping within your renovation budget is never easy. No matter how meticulously you plan, a sudden design change or an unexpected discovery may compel or tempt you to spend more. As the Bay Area’s premier remodeling experts, we know that setting a budget and sticking to it is harder than most people imagine. Our renovation experts offer some tips and suggestions to ensure that you don’t go beyond your budget in the middle of a renovation.

Don’t Bust Your Renovation Budget! Here’s How to do it…

Following a thorough process of listing what you want versus what you can afford usually culminates in a well-prepared renovation budget. Once you go through this process and set a figure, follow these 5 keys to keeping within your renovation budget:

  1. Plan and compare bids: Once you have decided to go forward with a remodeling project, don’t settle for the first contractor you find. Ask for referrals from family and friends, do your own research, and invite a few quotes. While evaluating quotes, avoid focusing on the bottom line alone. Instead, discuss the proposals with each contractor, understand the exclusions or hidden costs, and check whether they have:
    1. Set aside some funds for contingencies
    1. Priced your project on square footage or an assembly-based approach
    1. Considered materials that are top-of-the-line, least expensive variety, or somewhere in between
  • Plan carefully, look ahead: Combine small projects within the same area, instead of several independent projects in different parts of the home. For example, if your end goal is hardwood flooring throughout your kitchen and dining room, cover both at the same time. Don’t leave one room for later; this will not only be inefficient and costly, but you may also find it hard to procure the same shade or material in the future.
  • Communicate: Integrating your construction contractors into the design phase will give you a better understanding of material alternatives, construction challenges and timelines. This will help you make design tweaks early in the process. Moreover, you can reiterate your budget to both teams and maintain adequate checks and balances between design and construction. After all, over communicating is better than potential misunderstandings about your needs or expectations.
  • Expect the unexpected, and manage it: Almost every renovation, big or small, will have some setbacks that could potentially derail your budget. Don’t be surprised if issues, such as a hidden termite infestation, mold, water damage, or inadequate electricals come to light during the project. If your contingency funds do not cover these added expenses, consider some trade-offs in your original plan. Go for less expensive, yet quality materials, or reduce a few design elements and stay within your set cost.
  • Avoid last-minute design changes: When you are in the renovation mindset, every relevant ad, flyer, or social media pop-up will catch your attention and inspire you with more design ideas. However, the idea is to put things on paper during the design phase, so that the associated timelines and cost of materials and labor is a near-accurate estimate. Try to curb your impulses to make last minute design changes which are likely to balloon your renovation budget.

Stay on Budget with the Bay Area’s Top Remodeling Contractor

With 20 years of experience in quality home improvement projects, Flegel’s Construction understands the importance of keeping within your renovation budget. We offer a seamless remodeling experience that includes:

  • An integrated approach involving our clients, designers and contractors
  • Detailed mapping of client needs, preferences, budgets and timelines
  • Thorough proposals with a breakdown of costs and systematic assembly-line pricing for accurate estimates
  • Innovative designs, including features and amenities that meet your renovation goals and budget
  • Meticulous project tracking, with timely updates
  • Professional touch, superior finish, project completion on-time and on-budget

Happy customers across the Bay Area vouch for our outstanding craftsmanship and consistent customer service.

Partner with Flegel’s Construction to enjoy unique designs and quality makeovers, while keeping within your renovation budget. Call us at 408-269-1101 to schedule a consultation.

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New Home Building Starts with a Plan

New Home Building is a Complex Project. Do You Have a Plan?

Get Your Basics Right

New Home Building Company Palo Alto, Cupertino, CA

Thinking of constructing your own personal haven, but not sure where to begin? Building a new home starts with a comprehensive plan that helps you navigate the entire project successfully, in time and on budget. As premier construction experts, we know how important it is to get your basics right. After all, it is the quality of your plan that can make or break your dream home project.

Characteristics of a Well-Made, New Home Building Plan

Building a new home is an exciting process, as long as you have a meticulous plan that keeps you on track every step of the way. It is not just about the schematic designs, with layouts and floor plans. From inspections and approvals, to design and materials, a well-made plan considers every aspect of the project. It helps you visualize the desired outcomes, and work out the finer details of structural elements, construction methods, materials, costs and timelines. Moreover, it also accounts for potential obstacles, and provides likely solutions to resolve each problem.

Partner with a trusted construction expert who can help you put together an all-inclusive custom home building plan. Ensure that the plan includes aspects, such as:

  • Approvals and procedural interventions: In older towns, such as Palo Alto, or protected areas, such as Los Altos Hills, you may have to conform to several city, or neighborhood-specific construction requirements. A good plan will list:
    • Various guidelines and local building codes that you need to adhere to
    • Licenses and permits required for construction
    • Inspections that you need to pass for each step of construction to move forward
  • Layout, labor and materials: Did you get a feasibility analysis to check project scope and viability? Do you have rough estimates of the time and cost of labor, permits and building materials? A well-documented plan will help you track progress of all the listed parameters in terms of quality, timelines and budget.
  • Design and lifestyle-based features: Want a layout that integrates the natural surroundings into your home? Do you prefer interiors that make generous use of your favorite hardwood? You may have several design or material preferences, while creating a luxurious and functional new build. Does your plan incorporate the design statement you want to make, or the custom features that suit your lifestyle?

Protect Your Investment with the Bay Area’s Top Construction Contractor

When it comes to building a new home, focus on controlling costs, shortening timelines and avoiding expensive mistakes. With over 30 years of experience, Flegel’s Construction has the local knowledge and expertise to help you plan and build a custom home. From conducting a feasibility analysis and obtaining permits, to providing professional recommendations and project management services, we address all the requirements of new home construction. Our extensive planning ensures seamless, timely and cost-effective completion of each step, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the process of building your dream home. Serving Palo Alto, San Jose, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and San Jose areas.

Partner with Flegel’s Construction and let our thoughtfully created plans set you up for success in your new home building project. Call 408-269-1101 to schedule a consultation or contact us online.

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