Are you planning on remodeling part of your home? Maybe you’re remodeling more than one part of your home – or the entire thing. No matter what your strategy, remodeling is a big project, and our home improvement company has some tips on how to save money along the way:
1. Forgo Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting fixtures may look neat, but it’ll cost you more to cut holes in your ceiling and insulate them properly than it would to simply choose a lighting fixture that looks similar to the recessed ones.
2. Think Long-Term
Before you start changing things, consider the long-term cost of your investments vs. the short-term costs. While it may cost a little more now for a certain type of Maryland siding or roofing, it may pay off more in the long run.
3. Donate Your Materials
Before you throw out your old home materials, call up a local organization like Habitat for Humanity and see if they could use any of it. Donations are free (and tax-deductible), but trashing fixtures and other materials can cost you.
4. Ask for a Discount
It never hurts to ask for a discount – especially if you’re buying a large quantity of something (such as hardware, trim, etc.). You can also ask if the store honors group discounts like teacher, military, or student. The worst they can say is “no.”
5. Consider Pre-Finished Engineered Flooring
If you have your heart set on wood floors but are on a tight budget, consider looking at pre-finished engineered wood floors. These floors are like plywood that’s made from various layers of wood. Look for one that has the top fraction of an inch (around 1/8th or 1/4th) made from the wood you desire. You can save a boatload of money.
With so many people going green (including our company!), there are endless ways to upcycle old pieces of furniture, rugs, glassware, tools, decor, and more. Look for some creative projects to complement your remodel.
7. Opt for Floor Models
Whether you’re replacing your refrigerator, dish washer, washing machine, or any other appliance, find out if the store allows the sale of a floor model and consider purchasing it instead of a brand new model. You could save anywhere between 30% and 50%.
8. Don’t Move Plumbing Fixtures
If you’re planning for a bathroom renovation, update your bath tub, shower, sink, toilet, and whatever else you want to update, but keep the fixtures in the same place. Moving the sink or toilet to the other side of the bathroom requires plumbing alterations, which can be costly.
9. Keep the Same Size Windows
You may be tempted to opt for larger windows with your renovation, but if you keep the same size windows and choose a different window style, you can save money and update the look of the room.
10. Call P.J. Fitzpatrick
With our experience and expertise, we’ll get the job done fast and done right. And the best part is, if something ever goes wrong with our installation in the future, we’ll claim responsibility and fix it – for free.