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How to Make a Home Improvement Budget and Timeline

by Tiffiny Alexander 11/24/2019

Home improvements are a vital part to keeping your home up-to-date with the times and also to ensure that it doesn’t lose value when it comes time to sell.

To save money, many homeowners take the do-it-yourself route and use the tools at their disposal to upgrade their homes. Sites like YouTube have made it easier than ever to follow step-by-step tutorials that show you how to make substantial repairs and upgrades to your home without having to pay a professional.

The down side, however, is that when you choose to DIY, you take on the risk of going over budget by making mistakes. You also risk stretching out your project weeks or months longer than necessary due to a lack of time to work on it.

In today’s post, we’re going to talk about how you can stay on budget and on track to finish your home improvement project without bringing in the professionals.

Making a timeline

Let’s start with the big picture for your home renovations. When deciding which improvements to make, it’s important to know your limits in terms of the work you can do.

Set a reasonable number of hours you can work on your projects per week. Go easy on yourself. Most of us are already tired when we get home from work and probably won’t be able to start tackling big projects in the evenings. Rather, try to give yourself one weekend day to work on your projects and one weekend day to relax.

The most important aspect of creating your timeline is to try and keep your schedule open. So, write down the time you want to work on your home in your calendar, planner, or whichever app or tool you use to plan your time.

This will help you to avoid creating conflicting events and obligations, and help you stay on track to finishing your improvement projects.

If you’re looking for an evening activity related to your home improvement projects, it’s a good idea to start watching some video tutorials of people doing the same renovations as you. This will help you avoid mistakes and look out for common obstacles that you’ll face along the way.

Budgeting your improvement

You’ll want to save up for your project in advance, if possible, to avoid accumulating credit card debt. Your home improvement project should, in effect, gain you money by increasing the value of your home, not make you lose money on credit card interest payments.

Budgeting in itself is an art that few of us are taught in school. Fortunately, there are several free budgeting apps available. Or, you can simply draw one up yourself.

The key to creating a home improvement budget is to know how much of your monthly savings you can devote to this project without having to dip into other funds. To do this, you’ll need a clear understanding of where your income goes.  

Once you have a budget and a timeline for your home improvement project, you’re ready to begin. Just make sure you check in on your timeline and your budget throughout the length of the project to make sure you’re meeting your goals and aren’t overspending.

About the Author
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Tiffiny Alexander

 

Tiffiny Alexander is an award-winning broker in both California and Arizona. She’s a wine country native, bringing more than two decades of market knowledge and industry experience to those she serves. The hallmark of her business acumen is marked by her blue-collar-work-ethic roots coupled with a cornerstone concept of always being able to put her name to her work. Tiffiny has handled an array of residential, land, and commercial real estate requisites. She is an International Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, leveraging a global reach of industry relationships to better serve her clients. She enjoys the opportunity to work and play in both The Valley of the Moon (her Northern California headquarters), as well as The Valley of the Sun (her Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona office). She’s mastered the art of connecting her clients with the American Dream of building wealth through real estate; be that primary residence, destination get-away, or cash flow investment opportunities. 

 

Tiffiny is passionate about the outdoors, art, and the architecture found in abundance throughout the Sonoran Desert as well as the wine country of Northern California. Where can she be found when not immersed in all things real estate?  Hiking or running the local trails, teaching art in the Rincon Valley School District and introducing new local artists to the community at Fulton Crossing Gallery in Santa Rosa, California. Tiffiny grew up on a ranch in Northern California well stocked with farm animals, fresh eggs, and produce, She’s a farm-to-table foodie, whether its fine dining or family-style. And while she enjoys the luxuries of a five-star resort, she’s just as happy backpacking some of the amazing places thoughtfully preserved for the nature-lover in her. 

 

Tiffiny is the founder of Cannabis Land Brokers, the flagship real estate group dedicated to helping cultivators and distributors buy, sell, and lease cannabis zoned real estate. She is committed to legal, responsible, and sustainable business practices for the industry. She works locally and nationally to connect and inform owners and growers through her work with The National Cannabis Industry Association.  

 

"Everything comes from the land. All of our stories start with some small patch of it. The soil feeds us. The earth grounds us. Vistas inspire us. Our truest sense of progress points back to our stewardship of the land.” - Tiffiny Alexander