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Offsite storage. You'll need to stash your stuff somewhere while work is in progress. If you don't have an attic, a basement or a willing friend with a large spare room, you may need to rent an offsite storage unit for the duration. Depending on size and other factors, these units can cost anywhere from $20 to a few hundred bucks a month.
Building code quirks. Codes vary depending on where you live, but you may well face a list of requirements that must be satisfied in order for your permit to go through, particularly in an older home. For example, in obtaining estimates for a planned bathroom remodel, my husband and I learned that we'd need several new smoke detectors hardwired into the main electrical system, to the tune of several hundred dollars.
Utility bills. Whose electricity powers all those table saws, nail guns, paint sprayers and floor sanders? That's right — yours. In addition, heavy traffic in and out of the house could pad your heating and cooling bills, especially in hot or cold weather.