Knowing what you want in your home improvement project is the easy part. The tougher question is deciding how much you can afford to spend. When it comes to home remodeling, setting a budget is one of the most important steps. It allows you to ballpark the cost of the operation, establish a spending limit, get quotes from different design/build contractors and prioritize a list of objectives. We’ve outlined six ways to save money on your next home remodeling project:
1. Create a plan
You’ve created a budget, but do you have a plan in place? If you have a plan, you’ll be able to avoid costly overruns and nasty surprises. Think about your home remodeling design objectives. Sketch out your goals and review your existing home’s features. Develop a detailed plan that outlines your goals before meeting with your contractor. This will ensure no time is wasted. The savings are in the planning!
2. Save on materials
Think recycle. There are a ton of stores that offer new and gently used furniture, home building materials, and appliances. Ask your contractor to utilize leftover materials from other home remodeling jobs. Turn to sites like eBay or Craigslist or shop in person at a flea market or swap meet. You’ll be surprised at the gems you come across.
3. Maximize space before enlarging it
Before you decide to blow out your entire kitchen, think about ways to make small updates to improve functionality and look and feel. Replacing your kitchen cabinets or updating the floor in your living room will breathe new life into the space without costing you an arm and a leg.
4. Keep the same windows
There are plenty of ways to increase natural light without adding windows. Whether you break down a wall to allow for more open space or remove a door to keep an open doorway, consider your options before cutting a big hole in the side of your house. Removing internal walls and doors is an excellent way to allow sunlight from the windows on the exterior walls to radiate throughout the house!
5. Don’t move plumbing
Relocating a sink or moving a toilet can cost a fortune. Think about ways to work with what you’ve got and don’t spend unnecessary money on moving a plumbing line.
6. Don’t understand the power of color
Paint offers immediate gratification. It can change the entire look and feel of your space and it’s relatively inexpensive compared to other home remodeling projects. Looking for a change? Try paint first. You might be surprised with how much a difference it truly makes.
Small Home Remodeling Projects Add Big Value
Every home remodeling project doesn’t have to involve a major renovation. You can find a small part of your home to upgrade and it can add extreme value. The Crimson Design & Construction team offers the same level of professionalism and attention to detail in your small home projects as we do for full scope home remodeling jobs.