As many experts in the home remodeling industry will point out, the tough economy in recent years has meant that not as many homeowners have been spending sizable amounts of funds on remodeling efforts. In the event that this is the year you tackle such a home project, there are ways to go about saving some money here and there, including:
Get it all done at once Doing renovations in a piecemeal approach can actually cost you more money over time. There is always the chance that parts and supplies will go up in price, not to mention labor costs. There is also the inconvenience of having your home in disarray more than once, so consider doing all your remodeling at one time, that is unless it is out of question due to finances.
DIY While some people can’t hammer a nail into a wall without damaging something, others are quite crafty when it comes to home projects. Buy the supplies, then do the work yourself. If being handy doesn't come naturally, see online tutorials on home remodeling, or get hands-on experience by doing some volunteer work in your neighborhood building or rebuilding homes for those in need.
A deal is a deal Keep your eyes open for the deals that are out there. Many home supply providers run deals at different times of the year, especially when they are attempting to drum up more business. Use social media pages to look for deals, as many companies are using sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to show off their products and services. Social media pages and company websites are also both good vehicles for you to ask questions of customer representatives, providing you guidance on where, when and how to save.
Leftovers are good While you may be hesitant to go for cheaper-based supplies or leftover materials from contractors, you could ring up some sizable savings. In many cases, you can negotiate a good price on the product, saving you money towards other products and/or projects.
Shop around Get plenty of quotes on labor and supplies when looking to do home remodeling. Consult family, friends and co-workers for their opinions on who to go with, who had the best prices and who provided the best service.
About the author: With 23 years’ writing experience, Dave Thomas covers a variety of consumer topics.