Column: Set your priorities, budget for home improvements

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Refresh your indoor space this spring with some ideas for fresh looks. (Submitted photo)

Refresh your indoor space this spring with some ideas for fresh looks. (Submitted photo)

Spring is here, and for many people, the new season brings a desire to do something new in your home. Spring is a great time to begin a renovation project, but there are some important things to consider before starting your remodel.

Here are three things to think about and discuss with your family before you jump into a home renovation project:

Priorities

What do you want to get out of your remodeling project? Do you want to update a dated kitchen? Add automation to your home? Create a totally redesigned and luxurious bathroom? More convenient space? Add aesthetic value? Update appliances? New Flooring? The options are endless so taking some time to determine what is important to you will make planning your project easier.

Budget

Once you’ve considered your priorities, you can start thinking about your budget. Budgeting means not only thinking about what the total cost of your project will be, but also allocating funds to match the priorities you’ve set for your renovation. On The Affordable Companies website, we have a budget calculator that can help you understand the costs of your project so you can plan accordingly (http://the-affordablecompanies.com/calculator).

Impact

The other important thing to think about in regards to your remodel is the impact it will have on your home. Remodeling your bathroom or kitchen means that room will be out of commission for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. You’ll need to plan for life without a valuable area of your home, and time your project so that it doesn’t conflict with any important events. You don’t want your bathrooms to be out of commission when you have house guests!

Taking time to consider these facts will make your spring remodel as painless as possible, so you can enjoy your updated home all year long.

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