Apartment renovation can be a big blow to the budget of absolutely any family. And because it is a very expensive pleasure, and because without a detailed estimate or plan, it can be dragged on for a long time.
Before you start to change something in your apartment, you need to think through and calculate everything so that there is enough money for everything. This estimate will help perfectly. At first glance it seems that this is some kind of tricky document, but if you look, it is, on the contrary, a very convenient tool that will contribute to a competent process.
How to prepare for repair
First, decide what kind of repair you want to carry out: a small cosmetic or still major. So you will understand how much you can spend money.
Based on the amount available, you can plan the costs of the purchase of building materials, as well as draw up a detailed estimate. However, not all money is worth spending. Part should be left intact in case of unforeseen circumstances. This will be the so-called “free financial pillow”.
If you do not have the required amount, you can:
- borrow money from friends for a while,
- take a consumer loan from a bank,
- make repairs by installments,
- rent an apartment and make repairs at the expense of the guests,
- in extreme cases - start a piggy bank.
Your financial plan is an irreplaceable thing that will set a peculiar tone for the entire repair. Thanks to the estimate, you can see the plan and stages of work, calculate how many things you will need and how much it will cost. The estimate will help not exceed the budget.
Draw a table with the following columns:
- Name of goods / services and repair stage.
- Number of goods.
Keep in mind that repairs in new homes will cost less than in old ones. In the latter, you will have to change windows and all pipes.
You can also prepare such estimates as for finishing work, and separately for roughing.
For example, a table might look like this.
Name of premises / Name of works / Unit of measurement / Quantity / Cost of rubles
partitions / dismantling of partitions / sq.m. / 46/15000 /
window sills / window sills installation / pcs. / 1/650
ventilation / ventilation installation / pcs. / 4/1030
Procurement of materials
After making an estimate, you can safely go to the store for shopping. It is best to purchase everything in bulk and during promotions and discounts. You can also save by paying with a discount card.
It is necessary to strive to save as much as possible so that this does not affect the quality. Otherwise, your repair will be short-lived.
At the same time, professionals argue that it is better to let building materials be a little missed, than there will be more. Application, for example to the remaining laminate, will be difficult to find.
Therefore, measure the apartment and buy only the right amount of materials, leaving only a small percentage in case of marriage or breakdown. As a rule, this is only 5% of the total, but no more.
How to save
You can make repairs cheaper if:
- personally do all the preparatory work (tear off the wallpaper, clean the walls and so on);
- buy building materials of domestic manufacturers;
- to carry out most of the repairs in person, inviting masters only to certain types of work;
- make repairs in winter, since at this time builders have fewer orders.
So, if you correctly plan the budget, you can not only finish the repair on time, not spend a lot of money, but also have fun.
And how did you plan the repairs? Share your budgeting experience to upgrade your apartment or home.