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Estimating Remodeling Costs

Estimating remodeling costs is generally a challenging process.  Many different factors have to be taken into consideration when trying to determine what the final costs are going to be.  Often times, even the best estimates wind up being a bit short of the mark by the time a remodeling project is complete.  So how do you go about estimating remodeling costs with at least a fair amount of accuracy?  The first thing you need to do is make sure you hire competent professionals to do the work for you.  Depending upon the type of renovation that you want done, this may require the assistance of not only a Portland contractor, but an architect or other professional designer.

To estimate costs as accurately as possible, you might want to first contact a professional designer to draw some preliminary plans for you.  This is particularly important for those of you who want to make changes to the layout of one or more rooms in your home.  Having professional designs will be beneficial to you for a couple of reasons.  For one, it will allow you to relay your vision to someone who has the capability to put your ideas on paper.  Your newly crafted designs should also have precise measurements, which will help contractors to clearly see what you want changed in your home.  This knowledge will enable them to provide you with more accurate estimates.

Once you begin obtaining estimates from contractors, you will then be able to look more closely at costs.  Be sure to compare each estimate that you receive so that you can clearly see what each professional is proposing to charge for every aspect of your renovation.  Once you have begun however, do not fall into the trap of thinking that the lowest bid is the best one.  There are other things that must be taken into consideration, such as each contractor’s years of experience, his or her professional qualifications, and references from former clients. 

References are perhaps one of the most important components in determining whether a contractor is right for you.  Always ask for at least three references, and then be sure to contact those individuals. 



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