Home improvement projects can become quite costly even when you’re performing the work yourself. However, there are many ways you can reduce significantly lower these costs, which will help you make more improvements in your home. By reviewing the following suggestions, you can save on your renovating budget without compromising quality.
Opt For Efficiency Over More Room
It’s a common mistake to think you need to add to your bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom to get extra space. Instead of building new living space, consider making your existing space more efficient by adding more storage. While a kitchen addition can cost up to $100,000 or more, custom designing more efficient cabinetry may only cost you up to $35,000. Using lazy Susans, pull-out pot drawers, and cupboard dividers, you can create more efficient storage solutions that will free up counter space. This may leave you with more than enough room to meet your needs without compelling you to take on a larger home improvement project.
Reconsider Adding That Extra Window
If you’re planning to add an extra window and your only reason for doing so is to add more light, consider other options. Installing a new window involves cutting the appropriate space on the side of your home, which means restructuring the house’s frame. This becomes a labor-intensive process, and that raises the costs considerably. An exciting alternative is to install a light tube, which requires running a tube from your roof down into your hallway, bathroom, or bedroom. Your contractor will only need to slip a light tube down between the rafters of your roof, which means there’s very little construction involved in the installation. The top of the light tube is covered with a double-pane glass window.
Rent Professional Grade Tools
If you’re doing home improvements yourself, you probably don’t own all of the tools you need to safely and adequately perform the job. Buying everything you need can become very expensive, in addition to requiring storage space and upkeep for each piece of equipment you buy. Instead, you can rent scaffolding, handheld tools, and machines at a much lower rate. Once you’re done using the equipment, you can simply return it to the lender without having to worry about storing it on your property.
Get Secondhand Fixtures
You can also save money by considering the beauty of antiques and secondhand fixtures for your home. It’s not uncommon to find a box of cabinetry handles, doorknobs, or light fixtures for free. You can refurbish them to their original beauty or create something new with them. Additionally, you can find low-cost options at antique and secondhand stores to help you complete your remodel on a dime. While choosing secondhand items will save you money, it can also help you create a unique and stylish look for your home. If you’re making a theme, such as choosing a historical motif, using antiques in your remodel can help you bring out the authentic flavor of the look you want.
Call Around For Odd Stock Leftovers
You can get flooring and other building materials for free or at a low cost if you’re willing to do the work to find the best deals. Often, contracting companies will be left with a surplus of materials. The surplus is rarely enough to complete a new job, so they typically throw that surplus in the trash. If you catch contractors before trash day or reach out to let them know you’ll take scrap materials off their hands, they may let you have the free materials. At the very least, you should be able to get them for a discount. The trick will be deciding how to use a limited amount of supplies to suit your needs, but if you’re creative, you can build something unique and attractive for your home.
It’s also important to know when to hire professional contractors. If you don’t feel confident in performing a task, it may be better to contact professionals to handle the work for you. It’s cheaper to pay for professional quality craftsmanship the first time rather than having to hire a contractor to fix your mistakes. Knowing when to seek help will benefit you in the long run.