Becoming a homeowner is quite expensive especially if you are starting from scratch. This becomes clear after you’ve moved in and you’ve started furnishing your house or condo. At first, you may think you are done with major expenses after buying furniture, painting and renovating if you have to. You can spend a lot of money on custom closet especially if you don’t have a locker. Most people overlook the cost of custom closets, but they can turn out to be a major cost. Before you install one, you need to consider the following:
1. Determine whether you need a custom closet or not
You need to determine the amount of space you have, your available storage space and whether you are living in your own home. You don’t have to install custom closets, and you are going to rent a condo for a short period. On the other hand, if you are considering selling your home in near future, there is no need of installing custom closets in your old home. You can find another alternative instead of the closets.The available space in your home can also determine whether you will install custom closets. In most cases, installing these closest require you to have a high ceiling and enough floor space. If you don’t know whether you can be able to do the installation, seeking help from an expert is advisable to make the right choice.
2. How much do you expect to pay for the custom closets
After you’ve decided to do the installation, the second thing you need to consider is the cost of installation. Here you should put everything into consideration including labor, materials and transport costs, miscellaneous expenses, etc. to have a budget. You can research on your own or get information from an expert. Most contractors can give you a quote, answer your questions and even refer you to places where you can get materials or information about custom closet materials.
Alternatively, if you have a friend or a close relative who have recently installed custom closets, you can seek advice. You will be able to see the type of custom closets he/she has installed, get an estimated cost and even refer you to a company or an expert who can help you with the installation. The total cost of installing custom closet is determined by the design and finishes you choose. However, if you have a design consultant, you can be able to estimate the total installation cost.
3. The Process of installing Custom Closets
For professional installation, you just need to hire a design closet designer to get design consultation and other information. Depending on the design consultant you will hire, you can get the installation done right away, or you will have to wait as other considerations are made.
With the current technology, it may take less time for the design consultant to take measurements, get a design and come up with a 3D model of the same. It is easier to see how your custom closet will look like after it is installed and hence a 3D model is important. You don’t have to agree with everything your closet designer offers to you. You can give your ideas, share opinions and ask questions to get the best design in your house.
After you’ve agreed on the design, the designer will then have to ask you about your finishes. The choice of your finishes will determine your total cost. Your total cost will then be updated by agreeing on the finishes. You need to hire a reliable contractor to remove all the old stuff you might be having. This will also facilitate the installation project because installers will have plenty of space to work on and enough time to finish their work.
In most cases, after the installation is done, the installers clean their working area to leave your home as they found it. However, some may do it for a fee if it is not included in the budget. You need to have a written agreement with the installers to know what they are supposed to do and what they will not do. This is quite important in case they fail to hold their end of the contract and they claim money for services not offered. Also, it is important to lock all your valuables because they may get lost or get broken.
4. What Other Options Do You Have
There are numerous custom closet companies in Vancouver to choose from. If you want to consider a name brand, you don’t have to worry because when you are selling your home, it may increase the value of your home. However, if the price is your priority, there are numerous decent custom closet which cost around $2,000. On the other hand, if you need quality custom closets, your budget can rise up to $8,000 depending on the brand you choose, finishes, design and location among other factors.
Gathering information will help you make the right choice. There is a range of companies that offer low, medium and high prices depending on your needs. You just need to take your time and do thorough research online. You can also read reviews online to see whether the company is reliable, affordable and professional before hiring.
Finally, you can choose DIY
Home Depot has numerous custom closets which you can choose and install in your home. You will have to visit their store or shop online depending on what is convenient for you. Remember, you will still have to hire a handyman to remove your old closets and install the new closets you’ve bought.
Of all the options, this is the cheapest method because you don’t have to hire a designer nor spend a lot of time thinking what might fit in your home. Besides Home Depot, Ikea also has closet solutions although they mainly deal with custom wardrobes.
With the cost of installing a custom closet varying depending on many factors, it is hard to say the exact amount of money you need to install them. However, most companies which offer custom closet services can give you a free quote and a free design consultation.
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