How to Save Money on a Home Remodel — Tips for a Budget-Friendly Renovation
Are you tired of the same old front door on your home? Could your house use a coat of fresh paint? Have you been thinking about becoming the envy of the neighborhood with a brand new roof? Planning a home remodel can be really exciting because you get to pick out everything from scratch and design it so that it perfectly fits your needs (and style!).
But as most home remodels end up being really expensive, they can put a big strain on your budget. That being said, knowing a few home hacks and tricks can save you a lot of money. Let’s take a look at the top five things you can do before starting a home remodel so that it doesn’t cost you a small fortune.
Refurbish Instead of Remodel
A lot of homeowners think that if they’re doing a remodel, they need to take everything out of their homes. But more often than not, you can save and refurbish numerous things. For example, instead of removing and replacing your cabinets entirely, why not refurbish them?
You can take them down, put a fresh coat of paint, and change the finish. What’s more, you can also refurbish some of your existing fixtures. These projects don’t take long to complete and they can save you a lot of money.
Choose Your Materials Wisely
You don’t need to buy the most expensive materials on the market to make your home feel luxurious. Nowadays, there are cheap alternatives to almost anything you want to get, that actually won’t break the bank. For example, instead of getting granite countertops, you can buy Formica or vinyl for your kitchen.
Another thing homeowners tend to waste their money on is carpeting. While we can’t disagree that wool or broadloom carpets look gorgeous, they also come with a pretty hefty price tag. On the other hand, polyester and olefin carpets look almost the same, only they cost much less.
Do Light Prep Work
Many contractors will charge you for prep work that you could do on your own in a few hours. To start, if you’re painting your house, you can move and protect all of the furniture yourself.
What’s more, some carpet installers can charge up to $4 per square foot just to remove your carpets. You could also get charged with additional haul-away costs, which would significantly increase the final price. But if you get rid of the carpets and dispose of them yourself, you’d be saving yourself a lot of money.
DIY Projects Save Money
We get it, not everyone loves doing DIY projects around the house. But considering how much money they can save you, maybe rolling up your sleeves and doing a few isn’t such a bad thing. For example, with just a couple of tools, you could paint your bedroom or kitchen on your own.
On the other hand, we wouldn’t recommend doing your own plumbing or installing your your own roof. If you’re planning a refresh of your roof, windows, siding, doors, or gutters, it’s probably best to start right here with our team at M&M Home Remodeling Services.
Find the Right Contractor
Finding the right contractor is possibly the most important step in your entire remodel. To start off, experienced contractors work with numerous home improvement stores and can often get you a better price on materials than if you bought them yourself.
Also, you need to find a contractor that will give you a competitive quote and finish the project on time. Before you commit to hiring anyone, we suggest you ask for referrals and check references. The only way you can be sure you’ve hired the right company for the job is by doing your research and asking questions. Speaking of questions, if you have any at all about stepping up your home’s curb appeal, give us a call or contact us right here.