When it comes to improving your home, who doesn’t want to save money, right? Renovating your home for the better can improve your home’s overall value, but overspending can be a problem especially if your budget is not that flexible. Here are ten simple ways you can reduce your spending in home remodelling, without compromising its look, quality, and safety.
Compare, compare, compare
Before undertaking any project, make sure you already have a ballpark figure on how much the remodeling will cost. It is best to request quotations from different service providers to find out how much the materials and the labors is going to take you. Getting about at least three quotes from trustworthy contractors should give you an idea. Setting up meetings to know whether they’re the right fit to realize your vision will help, too.
Set your budget
Home remodeling is no joke and it will cost you money for sure. However, once you have compared different quotes and chosen which contractor to get, you will now have to set a budget for this project and make sure you stick to it. The more detailed your budget plan is, the better and the less likely you will overspend. You should also leave room for unexpected expenses such as breakage, permits, etc. Discussing these with your contractor should also be additional help to stay on track when it comes to time and budget.
Timing is everything
When you decide to have your home remodeled, consider the time of the year to get it done. This is because it can also affect the pricing of the services and the resources needed. When it is the less busy time of the year, which is usually around winter, contractors usually have their prices lowered and they are more flexible when it comes to the schedule so this is a good time as any to have your home remodeled.
Be smart in shopping
Earning money is no easy feat, so it is just right to make sure your money is spent wisely. Some ways you can be a smart shopper is to watch out for seasonal sales to get discounted rates. You can also try out shopping online so you can easily compare prices from different suppliers and know which one fits your budget the most. Explore alternatives to expensive materials which offer the same look for significantly less money. One example is trying quartz countertops instead of getting premium-prized marble.
Reuse to reduce
Not everything needs to go when you are remodeling. Before deciding to dismantle them, consider applying a new paint job to some of the wood elements of your home, such as hardwood floors and cabinets, and you’d be surprised what this new look can do for your home and your wallet. You can also consider accentuating these existing articles in your room such as adding a new glass door to your cabinets to give it a brand new look.
Plumbing and electrical should stay put
Reconfiguration and redesigning of your plumbing and electrical wiring could cost a lot more, especially when it is your kitchen that you need to remodel. Not moving your plumbing and electrical, unless absolutely essential, will save you from having to spend on additional furniture, flooring, etc. to fill up the space. This will also speed up the time-frame because you do not have to move any important wiring.
Sell what you don’t need
When you are having your home remodelled, naturally, there are aspects of your room that need to be replaced. Instead of throwing furniture, cabinets, and other things you have no need anymore, why not try selling it online? Creating a listing for your preloved products is fairly easy nowadays. That way, not only did you make money out of it, but you also helped Mother Nature by reducing waste through finding a new home for stuff you don’t need anymore.
Do the Paint Job
Painting the walls yourself can cut your costs down on labor. Although taping and painting walls can be a pretty daunting task depending on how big your room is, you can turn it into a fun bonding activity with the household. Just be careful not to splatter paint on your other stuff!
Back-splash the tile yourself
This might sound like a pretty scary task to do yourself, but backsplashes typically have a small surface area and are therefore very manageable to do yourself. This can save you hundreds. You can learn how to backsplash by taking a class at your local hardware store or just like everybody else- through YouTube tutorials.
Hire an expert
You might be thinking, “You just told me to do some things myself, why would I hire an interior designer or a general contractor?” Hear us out. When you have someone who is knowledgeable on all the aspects of home remodeling, it will save you the time of trying to learn all the nooks and crannies needed in realizing your home’s new look. Your contractor can also help you stick to the budget because they will be helping you make the right design choices and introduce you to many design possibilities you might not have thought of. Home remodeling is a big decision, and contractors and designers are here to help you make the best decisions for your home remodel project.