“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”
- Benjamin Franklin
This quote was obviously uttered during a cabinetry sale…no? Well, maybe not – but it should have been. The very first thing you absolutely must realize in this business, is that you get what you pay for. I know, I know…but it’s true. It’s truer every time I make the uneasy decision to try and meet a budget that wasn’t realistic in the first place – and someone always ends up unhappy. It’s the old adage, “Good, Fast, Cheap: And you can only pick two. Not every project will break the bank, but setting a realistic budget is extremely important as there are always cost-efficient ways to tackle a project.
When my team meets with a client for the first time, one of my questions is always “What’s the project budget?” I don’t ask this question in an effort to gauge your worth to me as a client; I ask this question to set practical boundaries for the project. Without practical boundaries, disappointment ensues and any hope of transparency suffers. Managing expectations from the outset and budget-shifting, if necessary, alleviates problems popping up during the design phase and worse yet, further down the road.
So, what’s in a budget you ask? Well it certainly depends on the project. Kitchens and baths tend to be the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate because not only are there material and finish considerations, there are also additional budgetary allowances needed for plumbing, electrical and mechanical services. In addition to those, plumbing and lighting fixtures, appliances and hardware layer the cost, as well as framing, drywall, paint, labor and installation costs.
What I promise to offer you is this; no matter your budget I will provide you with a really great product at a very fair price, and my super-helpful, sunny disposition all along the way. I’m available to you as a resource and will help in every way I can.
Need help with you project budget? Call me at (248) 943-6603.