Yes. It is nice to have all the bells and whistles after a new renovation, but that does not mean you have to have the top of the line everything! As discussed in our blog post, Renovations When Selling Your Home, you need to think about your home’s value and whether a $10,000 stove top is really a good decision. If cooking is your passion and you don’t plan on moving, go for it, but appliances can really eat up your budget.
Pro Tip: Many clients and general contractors alike make the mistake of factoring appliances in the construction budget. This is a big no-no! Appliances are just like a T.V. unless the contractor is responsible for building an enclosure, or hard-wiring/plumbing the appliance, it should always be an “allowance item.” This saves the consumer tons of money. We do not mark up allowance items for the simple fact that it is not fair to our clients for us to make a profit on items the client is taking the time to find, test, and approve. If our clients ask us to do so, then we will list it as an itemized option in the contract. Otherwise, let your client be a part of choosing what they want! But always be clear, if listed as an allowance, it should not be listed in the scope of work or in the construction budget.