Fielding budget-related questions is one of the trickiest parts of our job, because there's always a fine line between giving clients what they want and what their budget will allow.
We often see budget-conscious clients who want to choose lower-quality products to keep costs down. The problem is, those choices do not always correspond with the quality in the rest of their home and can extremely affect impact resale, often doing more harm than good. On the other hand, some clients have a pension for great-quality products, and create visions for their space that if executed, would tip them way past their stipulated budget.
So how do we help clients when they are unwilling to share their budget? The simple answer is: we can not. Most clients think that if they explain what they want to a contractor, the pros should easily be able to tell them how much it's going to cost. Unfortunately, that's a complete misnomer. Picture yourself walking into a used car lot and telling your salesman you want a white sports car with power windows and navigation, and asking them how much it will cost. They'd look at you like you were crazy – clueless whether … Read More