If you love doing your own home improvement projects but are frustrated by the cost you’ll be glad to know there are ways to save. Although your time is priceless, there are often other places you can cut corners without affecting the quality of the job or the time it will take to complete the project. Here are some tips to get you started:
Know what the job will entail. For example, if you’re remodeling a bathroom and plan to redo the tub surround or other walls keep in mind you might have unforeseen issues. Mold, mildew, and water can cause damage behind the walls and can quickly escalate the details of the job at hand, so be prepared for the unexpected so you can handle invisible issues as they pop up.
Keep track of the details. Running to the building supply store five times a day wastes a lot of time and money, so make detailed lists of the materials you need and keep it updated as you think of items. Try and curtail your shopping trips and you’ll find a lot of hidden savings!
Look for online deals before you shop. Discounts and coupons are there for the taking if you know where to look, so do a bit of research once you’ve decided on the products or services you plan to buy.
Consider buying used. Check out your local stores and online sites for used items that are on your list to buy. Often these items aren’t used at all; they’re things people ordered by mistake or overbought on their own projects. You might find the tile or appliances you plan to buy anyway, only they’ll be a fraction of the planned cost!
Recoup your losses. Use the same online sites to sell the items you’re remodeling and you’ll get some of your investment back. Appliances, furniture, even carpeting are often bought used, so you can get some cash in return for helping out someone who can’t afford to buy the items new.
Remember the returns. We all overbuy when working on a remodeling project, so keep a box handy for the items you purchase and don’t use. Place all your receipts in the same box and it’ll be easier to return the items once the project is complete.