Home remodeling is often on a homeowner’s wishlist at some point. You may want to explore the idea to refresh the look and feel of your living space. Alternatively, it may be a part of your renovation or upsizing plans. Whatever the reason, a home remodeling project is often daunting because it can easily burn a hole in your wallet.
You start with a budget but often spend a lot more than your initial estimates. Thankfully, there are ways to handle these projects on a budget. Here are some ideas that actually work.
Prioritize efficiency rather than size
Most homeowners chase size during kitchen and bedroom remodeling projects. You can save hundreds of dollars by prioritizing efficiency instead of size. You need not blow out the kitchen walls to gain square footage.
Equip it for maximum storage by switching space-hogging shelves with pullout drawers fitted with racks. Likewise, you can replace wardrobe doors with sliding ones to add space to your bedroom.
Skip peak seasons
The easiest way to save a fortune on your renovation project is by timing it right. Skip premium periods like the height of summer and Christmas. Contractors are busy during these annual peaks, and they will charge more.
You may find that materials are also more expensive due to high demand. Labor is scarce, and projects can face delays. It is better to plan your project during lean periods.
Donate your trash
Remodeling projects involve a lot of trash because of the demolition of old structures before starting afresh. You can actually get smart by donating your trash. Since you save space in the landfill by donating reusable stuff, you can get a charitable tax credit for it. Moreover, you help a good cause and do your bit for the environment.
So call experienced junk removers and concrete pourers to help with the initiative. You can make considerable savings with this smart move. Sending some stuff to a recycling center is also an option.
Get natural light without adding windows
If you want natural light inside your living space, you will probably have an expensive window job in mind. But the idea of cutting a hole in the walls and rearranging the framing sounds daunting.
Imagine the mess and expense you will have to deal with! But you can try installing a light tube between roof rafters. It funnels enough sunshine down to brighten up a windowless hallway or bath. The best part is that it costs only a fraction of new window installations.
Save up on supplies
Besides saving on contractor services, you can cut the cost of supplies with some smart shopping moves. Consider picking used products, purchasing from a thrift store, waiting for discount sales, and checking auctions in your area. You can also opt for less-expensive look-alikes if you have specific types of accessories in mind. Picking up goods yourself enables you to slash your materials-delivery fees.
Remodeling your home need not press your wallet, but you have to make sensible decisions and find cost-saving opportunities. Follow these tips, and you can convert your living space on a budget.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.