When it comes to home improvement projects; DIY, saving time and money are common buzzwords you hear. But how do you accomplish those goals when it seems like every remodeling project has unforeseen problems that blow your carefully planned budget out of the water? The answer to that is small renovations. Small renovations don’t cost a fortune but can breathe new life into your home and make a significant impact on your home's value as well. So, before you go knocking down walls and tearing up carpets, here are some remodeling tips to help save you money as you begin planning your project.
Bring in Natural Light
Want to capitalize on the natural sunlight but don’t have the budget to reframe a wall for a new window? Brighten up your space by adding a skylight or install a solar light tube that will help funnel sunshine into your home. If replacing windows is in your budget, then we have some excellent window replacement tips here.
Go for Look-Alikes
Consider look-alikes where it makes sense; this doesn’t mean you need to go cheap. Instead, look for less expensive hardwood flooring or tile that looks similar to the expensive version. Or go for the middle price range on your light fixtures or faucets.
Efficiently Increase Storage Space
Everyone could use more storage space – especially in the kitchen. Consider adding 2-layer drawers for small kitchen necessities such as silverware or spices or replacing cabinet shelves with pullout drawers. They can handle more weight and you have easy access to the back without having to stretch with difficulty to the end of the cupboard.
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Save on Material
There are many ways to save on material. After a fresh coat of paint and a little detail work, reclaimed material can look good as new. Look for recycling stores that reuse building materials. For example, Habitat for Humanity Restores sells new and salvaged building materials and home appliances for a fraction of the retail price.
Don’t Move Plumbing
If you can avoid it, don’t move the kitchen sink or the toilet. The added cost of new plumbing plus a plumber can overshoot your budget quickly.
Use Stock Sizes
Strategically plan your remodeling project with stock sizes in mind. Using manufactured dimensions will save you time and money because nothing will have to be custom fabricated.
Small renovations can have big payoffs when done right. So when you’re planning out your next remodeling project, look at your house with a critical eye and ask yourself: what features need updating or fixing, and what can wait? It will give you an idea of where to start, and with our handy money-saving tips, you can enjoy remodeling and have your home in tip-top shape in no time.
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