When you are doing a remodel or a renovation, there is a term known as finish out items. Depending upon who you talk to, the list of items might vary, but the general items should be very close in nature. Finish out items include indoor light fixtures, fans, sinks, tubs, cabinets, flooring, bathroom vanities, door knobs, plugs and switches. You could also include an outside a/c unit (typically good to put those in last so they are not stolen).
You have a whole host of choices to pick from when deciding on your finish out items. For fans, do you want Hampton Bay, Hunter, etc (the list could do on and on)? For lighting, you have options that could match your fan. Those options include Portfolio (found at Lowe’s) or Hampton Bay lighting (found at Home Depot). Do you want carpet or hardwood flooring? Do you want granite or perhaps a butcher block? There are so many choices it’s difficult to determine that to buy. The best thing to do when looking at finish out items is to set a budget. If not, you could end up spending a small fortune on items like faucets (can be as much as $300 per faucet). Once you have your budget, categories of finish out items will start to show themselves. If your budget is under $5,000, you shouldn’t look at granite or a nice a/c. A nice new outside a/c unit will run you a few thousand depending upon the brand. If you buy used, you can certainly get the price down.
Whatever you decide on finish out items, you will also want to include the labor to install the materials. If you are going to do it yourself, certainly plan on it taking longer than expected unless you’ve done it all before. If you are hiring someone, please be sure to receive multiple bids so you can decide on the best contractor for the job.