I have always found it interesting how a majority of people are uncomfortable discussing their budget for large purchases with representatives of companies. As a consumer I can empathize with the feeling that somehow it is in my best interest not to show all the cards in my hand. Somehow I expect one day that by not sharing my budget with a sales representative, the product in question will somehow come out to be drastically less than what I thought. However, when I cycle through the large sales transactions of my life I find it hard to pin point a time in which this scenario worked out. The reality is for most things – a product and/or service costs what it costs. Not that there are not deals out there or ways to save cost on a product or service.
Imagine this scenario – You walk into a realtor’s office looking for assistance on buying a new home. More than likely that realtor will do some sort of survey to find out your wants and needs for your new home. Among this survey, the realtor will want to know your budget. Now time for the … SECRET BUDGET! When asked about your budget, you quickly exclaim “Actually, we do not have a budget; just show us a house that fits are wants and needs.” The excited realtor quickly takes you on a trip around the most expensive neighborhoods in San Antonio – because certainly they have anything you wanted or needed in a home. You find a home and you see all the luxuries of a home only allotted to the super rich and celebrities. “WE WILL TAKE IT! How much are they asking?” you nervously ask the realtor. “It’s quite the bargain at 1.6 million” replies the anxious realtor. Now suddenly you realize something you already knew, something the realtor knew, something everyone knows; you indeed have a budget and its not 1.6 million dollars.
There is a lot of time and effort wasted in the remodeling industry with homeowners trying to hide budgets from contractors and designers. Most quality companies can and will design a space for your home that is within a realistic budget. There is a surprisingly vast amount of options for a kitchen and bathroom so it only makes sense to allow the designer to design within the boundaries you set.