The Hidden Costs of a Home Remodel Project

Choosing to remodel your home is an exciting decision, but one that must come with proper budget planning. Remodeling can have many planned and unplanned costs; some you may have never considered before. That’s why it’s crucial to hire a contractor with experience, transparency, and a great reputation. Thankfully, managing budgets and planning for these unexpected costs is what the Lynch team does best. Our goal is to make the budget planning phase as smooth and stress-free as possible!


Here, the professionals at Lynch Design | Build outline the hidden costs of a remodel that you’ll want to budget for before starting a project, as well as common mistakes people make in an effort to save money. We will also outline ways you can navigate these obstacles so you don’t blow up your budget.


Hidden Home Remodeling Costs


Demolition Costs

The demolition phase of remodeling projects creates debris. Debris can range from a few scraps of sheetrock to a dumpster full of old cabinets and appliances. Discarding demolition debris is a necessary part of the remodeling process, but it can come at an extra cost for remodelers depending on the type of project. We recommend discussing the debris remodel process with your project manager so you can accurately allocate funds toward this potential expense.



While a basement or spare bedroom can often accommodate possessions that need to be relocated during a home renovation, sometimes the amount of stuff that needs to be moved exceeds the extra space in your home. In that case, you may need to budget for storage fees at a nearby facility to temporarily store possessions.


Temporary Living Accommodations

Depending on the scope of your home remodeling project, you may be displaced for a period of time if construction makes your home uninhabitable. If this is the case, you will need to find a place to stay in the meantime. If you don’t have the luxury of temporarily relocating to a loved ones’ home, you may need to budget for a hotel or Airbnb stay while your home is undergoing construction.


Convenience Expenses

Major home remodels, such as kitchen remodels, temporarily uproot your day-to-day life. If you are unable to cook or do laundry at home because of your renovation project, you may need to temporarily pay for laundry services, food delivery, or takeout more often than you normally do. These convenience options often come with a higher price tag and these expenses can add up quickly. Remember to set a monthly budget for these convenience expenses. Having a line item in your budget for dining costs will help limit surprise expenses like last-minute takeout.


Delaying the Timeline with Bad Permits or Poor Planning

To ensure that everything runs smoothly once your contractor gets started, you’ll want to do some pre-planning. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure to pull any permits and order any materials that are the homeowner’s responsibility before the renovation project begins. This can prevent delays and keep the project on schedule.


Property Taxes and Homeowners Insurance

If you’ve made major changes that significantly increase the value of your home, it is possible that your property taxes and homeowners insurance may also go up. This increase is unlikely to be felt immediately after completing your home remodel, but depending on your municipality’s assessment schedule, you are likely to see an increase to your property taxes within the next two to three years. Homeowners insurance premiums may also rise once the home is reassessed, when shopping for another insurance provider, or at renewal.


Don’t Make These Costly Remodeling Mistakes


Not Hiring a Professional

Sometimes, homeowners attempt to DIY their renovations to save a few dollars. If you’re handy, this can be a great choice for smaller projects, such as framing out a new closet or painting a bedroom, when mistakes won’t be too costly to repair. However, the larger the remodel project, the more expensive mistakes can be to fix. When it comes to large-scale renovation projects, it’s best to leave it to the professionals and avoid adding to your renovation costs with pricey mistakes that need to be corrected.


Underbidding to Get the Job

It is always a good idea to get multiple quotes when looking for someone to complete your home remodel project. Most reputable contractors should come in with bids in a similar range for similar jobs. However, in an effort to get you to sign on the dotted line, some contractors will drastically underbid the project to subsequently find ways to add on to your budget later. A significantly lower bid can be a red flag that this is happening, so make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Examine the details of competing bids closely to make sure they include equal elements. Are all materials accounted for in all bids? Does one bid require significantly less labor than another? Keep in mind that the lowest bidder isn’t automatically your best choice.


Start Your Home Remodel Project with Lynch Design | Build Today


The value you can get out of a renovated home is truly limitless. At Lynch Design | Build, our years of experience help us to create accurate budget plans for our clients and predict where unexpected costs may arise. Our team is passionate about working with Maryland homeowners to bring out their home’s potential. To talk to us about remodeling the home of your dreams, or to learn more about our home remodeling services, contact us today by calling 410-879-5510.

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