REAL ESTATE: 4 tips from a home improvement expert in The Woodlands on budgeting for renovation projects

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Chris Degen is owner of The Woodlands Home Repairs (Courtesy The Woodlands Home Repairs)
Chris Degen, owner and founder of The Woodlands Home Repairs, offered several tips for homeowners looking to make repairs and renovations on a budget.

What are common mistakes homeowners make when budgeting?

There are several things that can present themselves during a remodel that are not planned, such as uncovering things that are not up to code or were built wrong to begin with. Sometimes we do not see these until we begin a demo. Also, if there is underlying water or termite damage that could not be seen.

Do you often see a divide between homeowners’ goals and their budget?

Most people have a realistic idea of what their remodel will cost, but I have seen where people under budget. A lot of times that is from watching DIY shows that inaccurately portray the costs. The best way to bring this in line is to get an estimate to see where things fall into place and adjust if needed.

When are higher cost projects or materials most worth it? When can homeowners opt for less expensive options?

If you plan to be in the home for a long time, that is when I would spend the extra money so you can enjoy it. If you are selling, opt for less expensive, which will still help the home sell but not kill the budget.

What areas of the home cost the most to renovate? What areas can be the most affordable to improve?

New additions typically cost the most in remodeling. Kitchens and bathrooms are more affordable depending on how extensive the remodel.

Budgeting a remodel:

* Price materials such as flooring/tile, appliances and fixtures.

* Get an estimate for the build from a contractor.

The Woodlands Home Repairs

6700 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. 230-274, The Woodlands

By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2019 as a reporter for The Woodlands area and began working as Austin's City Hall reporter in April 2021.


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