When you want to remodel your home but don’t have all the money in the world to spend on that work, there are a couple of different things you can do to save money. Some of the steps you should take are all about saving money when you hit the store, and some are aimed at protecting yourself if there is even the slightest chance something may go wrong.
Spending on home remodeling is only going up, especially in the United States, and there are plenty of reasons to join the parade. If you’re a first time buyer or have been in your home for decades, you want to be happy there.
Go With a More Efficient Design
Most people who remodel are looking for more space in whatever room they are working on. Before you spend hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars knocking out walls and making new shelves or closets, you should make sure those walls need to be remodeled after all.
Perhaps you need a new design that will give you more space. If you’re talking about the kitchen, you can make more space by getting rid of shelves and exchanging them for “cabinet height” drawers that can pull out. These drawers can have racks for canned goods and other items. The same approach can work in other rooms as well.
Research Your Contractor
If you cannot simply do the job yourself and you have to hire a new contractor, make sure you don’t just hire the first one you find in the phone book. Hiring the wrong contractor can cost you quite a bit more than you ever would have expected. New Jersey just went through a scandal where more than 68 home improvement contractors were cited and fined a grand total of $1.3 million. If their fines were that high, just imagine the cost to the clients who worked with them.
Checking out a contractor is easier said than done. If you don’t have any friends who can recommend someone, you may not even know where to start. A few basic ways to get started are to make sure they are fully certified and that their contractor insurance coverage is both up to date and quite extensive.
Go With What Looks Like The Best, Without Getting The Best
One of the nice byproducts of home improvements getting more popular is that there are plenty of companies out there that are trying to make a buck offering cheaper costing products that look like the real thing. Whether you’re talking about a stone that looks like granite, or just one wood that looks a lot like another, there are ways to save a buck.
This doesn’t mean you have to go with pleather over leather, or plastic instead of wood. You can still get quality products. Doing enough research will help you find something that looks and acts like a top of the line material, while costing a mid-range price.
Leave Plumbing Fixtures Where They Are
If you are working on the kitchen, or the bathroom, try and leave the plumbing fixtures in the same spot, or very near the same spot. One report said that plumbers make quite a bit of their money in the location of the toilet or the sink. The cost of moving a fixture like those more than three feet can cost as much as $1,000.
The caveat is that if you are doing a massive remodel and you need the sink or bath moved or changed out, you should also change out the pipes if they’ve aged at all. Replacing older pipes with those that are brand new are going to add to the remodel job in the present but will save you big bucks in the future.