9 Hidden Expenses of Home Remodeling


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You don’t have to be experienced with home remodeling to know that it is an expensive ordeal. A lot of time and energy goes into the process, and several hands are involved in completing all the steps that lead to a successful finished product. This is particularly true if you’re working with a design-build firm, in which case there is a large team of professionals working to create your dream space. Unfortunately, even if you choose cheaper materials, fixtures and appliances, the price is not always a significantly less. Sometimes, there are “hidden expenses” that sneak into the total cost of your remodel. While Medford Remodeling provides a detailed Scope of Work document to break down the budget and expose these hidden costs, other contractors may not be so courteous!
There are also added expenses that may stem from your remodeling project which you may not have thought of ahead of time, such as paying for a temporary off-site storage space or frequently purchasing fast food while your kitchen is under construction. Many homeowners do not take these extra expenses into consideration when budgeting for their renovation, and end up surprised when the total cost comes in at 20-30% more than what they were prepared for.  It’s a good idea to sit down and make a list of everything you can think of that will contribute to your bottom line before getting started on the project. Read more

4 Reasons to Live in Your New Home Before Remodeling

We get calls just about every week from clients that recently purchased a home and want to remodel it before moving in. This isn’t surprising, as the number of new-build homes on the market increases, so does the number of fixer-upper homes that need some love. As a result, great opportunities are presented in prime locations with affordable homes that need work done. The benefit is being able to customize their home while building some equity along the way.

Unfortunately, it’s rare that we end up actually working with these new home buyers, as the cost of remodeling tends to be too high when they have already invested so much money in the house itself. Even if the clients have some money set aside for remodeling, they are usually taken by surprise at the reality of the cost. Read more

5 Tips to Avoid a Bad Home Remodeling Experience

The entire process of remodeling your home – no matter how big or small the project is – can be intimidating. It is every homeowner’s nightmare to have a bad experience with a contractor and end up with an incomplete or poorly constructed remodel. Unfortunately, for those who are uneducated or inexperienced in the realm of home remodeling, it is easy to be duped into hiring a bad contractor. But don’t worry, if you know the right steps to take, you won’t end up in regret! Here are 5 tried-and-true tips to help you choose a reputable contractor and avoid a bad home remodeling experience. Read more

5 Signs You Should Hire a Professional for Your Home Remodel

With all of the home improvement DIY networks and Pinterest How-to’s, it’s sometimes easy to think you can tackle just about any renovation project on your own. While it may be tempting to take on a major home improvement project to save money, it’s not always wise to do it alone.

Here are five signs that you’ll likely need kitchen remodeling help from a professional:

  1. You’d like to remove that dated popcorn ceiling

Popcorn ceilings were popular in the 1950’s and 60’s as a form of acoustic treatment. In 1978, this method was banned because the treatment contained asbestos, which can cause mesothelioma (a fatal cancer that affects the lining of the lungs). Despite the health risks, the government allowed builders to use up their on-hand materials after the ban was instilled. For that reason, popcorn ceilings installed post-1978 may still contain the carcinogenic material. Read more