If you are thinking about undertaking a remodeling project, you are probably starting to realize even the most basic projects cost more than you might have anticipated. Unless you have an endless supply of cash, finding ways to save money, while still getting the project done well, is a top priority. All too often, however, people don’t do enough ‘homework’ in this regard, and spend more money than they have to. Here are just a few tips that can save you some big bucks on your remodel without compromising the quality of the job.
Think Things Through Carefully Before Proceeding
This may seem like a no-brainer, but too many people go into their remodeling efforts with insufficient clarity on what exactly it is they want done. This can lead to all sorts of issues that end up costing you more money, and bloating your budget. Remodeling is exciting, and you may want to jump right in as soon as possible, but if money is a major issue, curb your enthusiasm and think things through before diving in. So, before you start shopping for flooring, fixtures and everything in between, make sure you are clear on your vision. Not only will lack of clarity cost you more money, I may leave you with less than desirable results, as the contractor may do things that you will realize are not to your liking until it is too late.
Consider Recycled and Used Materials
If you are planning to do a project on your own, opting for used or recycled materials can be a great way to reap significant savings. For example, Habitat for Humanity operates around 400 stores around the country where you can buy salvaged materials. If you are working with a contractor, however, this may not be an option as most are reluctant to use these types of materials because they don’t want to take on liability should something happen.
See if Contractor Has Any ‘Leftovers’
For certain types of materials, such as flooring, you may be able to save some money by using any odds-and-ends your contractor may have left over from previous jobs that would probably just end up in the trash. Some of it may be ready to use right out of the gate, while other materials may need a bit of work, such as sanding and refinishing. This alone could save you thousands of dollars.
Do Your Own Demolishing
If you are planning on bringing in the pros to do your remodeling, there are still some things you can do on your own to save a bit of money. One such task is doing the demolishing yourself. But, be careful here. Taking down your deck is pretty straightforward, but you can do some real damage inside the home if you lack experience, or construction-know how. Accidentally destroying a load-bearing wall, or sawing into pressurized plumbing or live wiring can lead to some very dangerous and expensive problems.
While these are certainly not all the ways you can save money on your remodeling project, they are some of the most helpful tips that can take you a long way.