10 Ways To Save On Remodeling
Whether you are a homeowner or have multiple investment properties, remodeling is probably in your future. It feels great to have a fresh look, but a big price tag often looms over the experience. If money is tight don’t throw in the towel. There are a number of ways to be economical without sacrificing quality. Here’s my ten Ali Safavi Real Estate tips to cost effective remodeling
Remodeling often comes with a lot of trash. Instead of renting a lot of expensive containers and bins, keep your debris organized. Long boards should always run the length of the container. Set in large, hollow items like bathtubs or sinks open side up so you can fill them in instead of creating a void. Use small pieces to fill in and around large ones. It’s like your own life-sized Tetris game and the prize is saving money.
Instead of spending a ton of money on big window on the front and back of your house, look into opening up the roof. While skylights have their drawbacks because they can lead to moisture problems if not installed correctly, they can add a ton of light to a home at a lower cost.
Sometimes replacing is actually cheaper than repairing. Constantly fixing up cracked and damaged walls can eat into your pocket book.
Just because your cabinets are old doesn’t mean you have to get rid of them. A fresh coat of paint can give your kitchen a revitalized look and save you a bunch of cash.
Don’t Wing It
At Ali Safavi Real Estate we always have a plan before starting a remodeling job. This seems obvious, but having a detailed plan before you get started is one of the best ways to save money. Ask questions from your contractors, shop for things yourself and always prioritize.
If you have hardwood floors, consider refinishing them instead of installing all new flooring.
New always feels good, but finding a deal on used fixtures and furniture will feel even between once you see how much money you save. If you have a resale shop in your neighborhood, make sure to take full advantage of their inventory.
Look Around for Leftovers
Ask your contractor if he or she has any leftover materials from previous projects, such as flooring, tile or trim, because you may be able to save money on material costs.
Do Your Own Painting
While some paint jobs may need a professional touch, there are many that are well within your capabilities. Whether you're painting a room or some kitchen cabinets, one way to save money is to do the painting yourself.
Don’t Mess With the Pluming
When remodeling a bathroom, try to keep your current plumbing where it is instead of relocating the shower and toilet. While this might mess with your idea of the dream bathroom, it won’t mess with your budget.