Remodeling the home costs money — a lot. And every year, homeowners spend thousands of dollars on contractors, furnishings, and other expenses when renovating. Almost every time, they tend to go over the budget, not being able to finish the project as they have previously planned. And that is because something unforeseen comes up to the surface.
If you are planning to start your remodeling project in your home in the upcoming period, you should be aware that only careful planning and thinking out of the box can keep you within your budget. In case you have no idea how to do it, here are X excellent ways to save money.
Hire Professionals for Individual Jobs
The first step that people usually do, which costs a lot of money, is hiring a general contractor—one man to handle the project and who will charge you a small fortune for each individual project. Hiring one man might seem reasonable because you might think that you will be stress-free from looking for individual contractors; however, be at clear that this will cost a lot of money.
In order to save money, go the extra mile of hiring a professional for different jobs in the house. For example, if you need a roof replacement, find a roof specialist, and make a deal. If you have a plumbing problem, call a plumber. If you want help with the landscaping in your garden, call a landscaper. Before hiring them, you can research the specialists near you and ask people about their services and how much they charge. This way, you will be able to work with people of your own choice and save money along the way.
Look For Materials Sale
Check for sales and discounts in different shops for materials. These shops offer discounts from time to time, just as the other shops do. Take advantage of sales, especially at department stores, in order to reduce the otherwise high costs for materials. Also, you can check the online prices, as sometimes buying online, at the moment of looking might be even the most convenient in terms of pricing.
Think green! Try reusing cabinets or appliances that are well functioning and repaint them if you are not happy with their color. You will save lots of money by keeping the cabinet body in space and doing minor changes. If nothing is reusable, you can look for garage sales and building material auctions because it often happens that people need to move quickly, so they are selling their possessions at incredibly convenient prices. Not only will you save your pockets from emptying, but also you will help save the planet—one small step, but huge in meaning.
Sell The Things You Aren’t Using
If there are things like ceiling lights, coffee tables, garden chairs, or anything else that you want to get rid of – organize your own garage sale. You will sell the items and earn money that you can invest in the remodeling project. Think about the old kitchen cabinets, doors, hardware, dishwasher, and basically anything that won’t fit in the new design and sell to people who are scavenging for materials. If there are no buyers, you can always sell the metal items to scrap yards in exchange for money.
Try Virtual Staging
Once you get all the big stuff done, it is time to think about the interior design. Hiring an interior designer can cost an extra lot of money, so if you are looking to save money, this is a step you should skip. But, how are you supposed to choose a style for the rooms, especially if you are not sure the things you are going to pick will be aesthetically pleasing.
Well, you can consult with a virtual staging designer and hire them to to a virtual photo representation of the room. Usually, they work with real estate agents and virtually stage the rooms for them, but anyone who wants to see their room staged can use their services.
You will send them a photo of your empty room, and they will use their digital home staging furniture to furnish the room in a specific design that you want. And these services are not expensive, which means you can try out several looks for the rooms and choose how to proceed.
Camp in the Garden With the Family
Why not turn this into a family affair? If the weather is good (and it should be because you will pick a weather-perfect condition to do the remodeling, of course), set a tent in your garden and spend the night camping with your family. You will save money because instead of paying for a hotel room, you will be right beside your home. Plus, you can always get something from the house if the kids need it.
Plan the Lighting Solutions
Make sure that you carefully plan how many lighting fixtures you want because the labor work is intensive and might cost you a lot of extra money. Instead, limit your recessed light fixtures and rely more on natural lighting. If you still want to change the illumination plan, make sure that you choose lighting solutions that don’t require much work. For example, think of lamps, wireless lighting types, and so on.
The Bottom Line
It is up to you how much money you are willing to spend for your remodeling project. You can cut the expenses to the extent that you are comfortable with settling for cheaper things and reusing old stuff. If you still want to create a brand new look, then think about saving on sales, hiring individual contractors, and doing some of the work yourself.