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What is the best way to know what my remodeling project will cost?
The best source we have seen is the Cost vs Value guide from Remodeling Magazine – check out the guide in this link.
There are two other popular sources people like to use, however, there are some issues with these sources.
- Home Advisor
One way is known as the HGTV effect, which you can read more about here. Basically, a homeowner watches HGTV,the process appears to go fast, the cost is stated to be low and the results are a poor quality job. HGTV does a great job of entertaining and inspiring people who watch, but it also distorts what remodeling actually looks like. Contractors and manufacturers donate their time and materials to get on the show, which lowers the actual costs. The show has time constraints to finish quickly as possible resulting in poor workmanship. The hosts often are not the ones actually doing the work. An army of contractors behind the scenes are there to complete everything quickly. This can often create total chaos for the homeowner since they can’t live at the home while this is being done. So, the time and cost usually aren’t realistic.
Home Advisor is in the business of selling leads to contractors and the lower the project price looks, the more leads they can collect and sell. They are currently being sued for selling bogus leads to contractors, which you can read about here.
The BEST way is to have one of our designers visit your home and prepare a free estimate for you! Call us to set an appointment.