An A to Z (Actually, W) List of Items To Budget and Plan for During a Renovation

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Just about anyone living in this area has thought about the proposition of moving for more (or sometimes less) space – or renovating to achieve the same objective. As a real estate agent, I help people think through different scenarios and can offer first-person testimony about the pros and cons of renovating a home – I’m still putting the finishing touches on a massive addition and whole-house renovation I started nearly a year ago. It was quite a harrowing experience, and now I can feel confident telling clients that if they’re seriously considering a construction project, they should call me to sell their home and buy a new one (I’m only half joking when I say this).

All that said, I’m happy to share my personal experiences with friends and clients because I think it really is most beneficial when people consider all of their options. This way, they can feel really comfortable with whatever decision they ultimately make.

Here’s a list of many of the things you’ll need to budget for if you’re planning a renovation. I hesitate to say “everything you’ll need in your budget” because I struck a few things from the list that were ultra-specific to our project. And of course, if you embark on this type of adventure, you’ll be spending money on things you never knew existed. (Please note: If you hire a general contractor - which most people do - he or she will likely be entrenched in these details. But it’s good to know where your money is going.)

Some of the least fun things to plan for include dumpsters, concrete removal (yes, that’s a thing) and a porta-potty. And you already know the most fun budget line items – the tile, the flooring and the paint. And of course, all of the “fun” choices/budget items come at the end of the project when you’re exhausted from making a million other decisions. We literally painted everything in our new addition white.

Without further ado, an alphabetical list of things you’ll need to consider include…

Architect

Basement Construction

Bath Fixtures

Block

Civil Engineer

Concrete

Concrete Removal

Demolition

Dirt Removal

Driveway Paving

Drywall

Drywell

Dumpster

Electric

Excavation

Exterior Painting

Exterior Doors

Final Grading

Flooring

Framing

Framing close-in

General Contractor Fee

Generator

Gutters

Insulation

Interior Doors and Hardware

Interior Painting

Landscaping

Lighting

Mechanicals (Air conditioning, HVAC)

Metal railing

Misc. Carpentry

Permits/Inspections

Plumbing

Porta John

Roofing

Shingles (or Hardiplank, or siding)

Site Clean-up

Site Preparation

Stair Xonstruction

Stair/window install

Stairs

Subflooring

Sump Pumps

Temporary Housing

Temporary Walls during construction (something I didn’t expect to spend $3,000 on!)

Tile

Trim - other

Vanities for Bathrooms

Windows