While you are planning out a remodeling project on your home this fall, have you considered how the cost of the remodel is going to affect you. It is fairly easy to price and get a list together of who much the materials are going to cost you, but have you considered the cost of any mistakes or problems that you may encounter along the way. While it has been said that when planing out the cost of a remodeling you should include an extra 20-30% extra of the total cost for any unexpected costs that come your way, there are 8 types of costs that can catch you off guard.
- Higher Property Taxes: If you are putting a major addition on your house, you will be increasing the assessed value of your home and that means that you will have the chance of having a larger tax bill to pay. An Assessor gets a copy of your building permit application and have the ability to determine if the project will increase your homes value upon completion.
- Hidden Horrors: If you find unexpected guests living in your homes walls while you are starting your home remodel project, you will have pest control costs to add into your budget. Making sure that your prepare yourself for any: mold, faulty wiring or plumbing, asbestos or any other problems that may lie under the surface of your home is always the smart idea because you do not know what lies beneath your home till you start to take parts of it down.
- Offsite storage: If you do not have a place to store the items of the room that you are remodeling then you will have to find somewhere else to store the contents of the room and that can end up being costly. Depending on how much and how big the items are, it has the possibility of costing you hundreds or dollars a month to store them elsewhere.
- Building code quirks: Depending on where you live, the building codes will vary and these will mean that you will have a set things that you will need to have done before the permit will go through. Knowing what these requirements are will save you a lot of money especially if it means that you will need to hire a contractor to do the work for you.
- Utility bills: You should expect your utility costs to go up while you are remodeling your home because of the extra electricity, heating and cooling costs that you will have going on through out the project.
- Eating out: If you are remodeling your kitchen you will not have the ability to cook meals like usual, and it can end up being costly eating out while the construction is going on.
- Pet boarding: Depending on the type of pets or how they are you might have to pay to have them stay elsewhere while the construction is going on for their safety.
- Dumpsters and portable toilets: Seeing these items in your contractors estimate should not surprise you because they will help your contractor keep and maintain clean job site during the construction.