Starting to remodel a house can be a complex project even though you are excited about improvements and adding value to your home, probably only a little money and living on a construction site. To help ease the pain, we have a few tips on how to save time and money on your renovations:
Ways To Save Time And Money On Your Remodel
1. Make A Plan And Stick To It
A clear idea of what you want will save you a lot of time once you shop for materials. Of course, there will still be some unexpected expenses, but if you’ve already created a detailed budget, you can adjust it quickly.
2. Start of the year
Most people renovate their homes in the spring and summer. Starting during the winter months, you’ll catch contractors during the off-season. They will likely offer you better prices and even do the job faster. Many needed materials will also be on sale at the beginning of the year.
3. Research your materials
There are many opportunities during a home remodel to select similar materials over the more expensive, high-end materials. Finding the right balance of high-end and low-end materials can save you a lot of money while increasing the value of your home. For example, you can invest in granite countertops but choose laminate flooring over natural hardwood. The average cost to install laminate flooring is nearly $3,000, while the average price to install hardwood flooring is approximately $8,000. Hardwood may last longer, but you can get new laminate flooring twice and save about $1,000.
4. Leave the pipe where it is
It can cost over $1,000 to move a sink, toilet, or shower because of the complex plumbing that must be moved. Unless you need to redo your entire remodel plan, try to leave the plumbing fixtures where they are and design around them.
5. Ask for help
Larger projects should be left to professionals, like replacing cabinets and countertops and installing toilets and showers. It will most likely take you a lot longer than them, and you may even spend more if you deal any damage, like hitting a pipe. Hiring a contractor can save you time, money, and countless headaches in the long run.