Saving Money When Remodeling Your Home

If you know that the roof is leaking and that the paint is peeling, and there are about a thousand things you'd like to do with your backyard, then it's probably time to get a remodeling project underway. Some projects are small, focusing on one area of your home that just needs a bit of improvement, other projects will lead to a full house renovation. You have to first budget and see if you have the funds to fix your home's value and repair the damage or protect against future damage. There may be repairs that are more necessary than others, and yet, you'd rather see yourself with a new kitchen cabinet than a water heater. Here are some tips for saving money as you go through a remodeling project.

1. Start It Off With a Concise Plan


What do you need, when do you need and how are you going to get it? These are the questions that you should essentially answer with your plan. Outline each area of your home that you want to remodel and really think about what is most important. Prioritize your plan and choose materials that you want, but you can also do some research to find alternatives that are cheaper. RemodelingCentral has tons of ideas on saving money, from picking the right materials to hiring a contractor. Just look through our blog or article base.

2. Check Out Secondhand ShopsM


There's a lot that goes into finding new furniture and décor items. You should look into local shops that sell secondhand items. You can find some real gems at these stores. While some of them may require a bit of touch-ups, you should really look at the furniture that you find here as a chance to start over and see what you can do with it. It's always a good idea to look at pictures first, and measure the space that you have, and see what is possible to place inside of your home before buying anything. You can also use the online marketplace, including your local Craigslist to find secondhand items.

3. That Fresh New Paint Smell


You ever seen a house from the outside, and just go WOW! That's curb appeal, baby, and every home needs it to have the best value. A fresh coat of paint does wonders for the exterior beauty of a home. You can think about adding trim and accents to your home, fixing up the front landscape and just brightening your exteriors to make it more appealing. Shrubbery, new plants and a bit of elbow grease are all that's necessary to make some cheap changes to your curb appeal.

4. Network Away!


Networking isn't just for finding jobs. You can also find people who want to help, people who want to get rid of furniture, and even deals on home improvement items. You can sign up to receive coupon deals from local home improvement stores. One man even went so far as to contact a local company to sponsor his remodel for an advertising campaign. It worked! He got a free remodel just by contacting someone with an idea on Facebook who knew the right design company. It's as simple as reaching out sometimes that can get you some free stuff.

5. When to Remodel


You also want to make sure that you're planning your remodel during the best season. There may be a better time to paint the exterior of your home than during caterpillar season or a rainy season. You may also not want to do roofing repairs in the midst of winter. These are just some things to think about as you start to plan your home improvement project and ways that you can avoid costly setbacks.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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