"It's unwise to pay too much, but is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much,
you lose a little - that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything,
because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.
The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot -
it can't be done!
If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you
run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better."
John Ruskin (1819-1900) – English art critic and writer
Regional variation: A 1998 survey by the National Kitchen & Bath Association determined
that the costs that varied most as a percentage of total project cost by region of
the country were design, countertops, and cabinets. Age of home: Homes more than
20 years old are more likely to hold surprise costs in the form of structural or
mechanical problems that must be fixed before remodeling can begin. Material availability:
Supply and demand can boost the prices of some materials. Keep in mind that regional
supply drives prices. If a material you need is scarce in your area, plan to pay
more. Moving mechanicals: Changing the position of plumbing can add significantly
to a project's cost. Relocating a bathroom to another area of the house can add $5,000
to $10,000 to your total cost.