Published: December 07, 2020
For some of us, the idea of remodeling our home is exciting. A fresh start, a trendy makeover, and a more comfortable living space are what our sights are focused on.
Then again, it can also be overwhelming to consider the details of a remodel… and the potential costs. But don’t lose heart! There are ways to accomplish your remodel goals without putting too big of a dent in your wallet or banking account. Here are 6 tips on how to save money when remodeling your home.
1. Take it One Step at a Time
Once you set your mind to carry through with the remodel, no doubt you are eager to see the finished product! Still, it may be more cost-effective to focus on one section of the remodel at a time. The national average cost of a multiple room remodel in the US is $42,428. Now, if you have $42,428 lying around in your piggy bank or stuffed under the cushions of your sofa, maybe this isn’t such a big deal to you. However, for the majority of us who have to watch our budget closely, it is wiser to take one room, or even one section of a room at a time.
2. Pick Decent, But Reasonably-Priced Materials
Obviously, you want your remodel to be a classy affair, and a big part of that is choosing decent materials to work with. However, it is good to be selective with materials that are of lesser importance. For instance, “high-end” trim work can cost thousands of dollars, whereas choosing less high-end trim work could end up costing you only hundreds of dollars.
3. Do Some of the Prep Work Yourself
Another way to potentially save some cash on your remodel is by doing some of the necessary prep work yourself. For example, are you able to perform some of the demolition duties? Or even moving furniture and other items out of the way can save you some money on labor. UNITS Moving and Portable Storage of Ogden provides short-term storage solutions at an affordable price for just such a situation.
4. Know Your Limits
Okay, if you’re like me you enjoy doing things yourself. And no doubt you have experience in the past working on at least some remodel projects. But it has to be admitted that a smaller project such as painting a single room doesn’t really compare to something bigger, like a full-on kitchen remodel. So be reasonable, and stay within your limits. It’s better to do that than make more problems for yourself down the road.
5. Compare Prices
You want to hire a reputable, qualified contractor for your remodel. On the other hand, there could be several local contractors in your area with great reputations, so it only makes sense to shop around before making your final decision. For example, US News and World Report recommends interviewing at least three contractors before hiring one out.
6. Donate Items You No Longer Use
If you don’t need it, and don’t use it, then it’s clutter. It is a good idea to eliminate unnecessary clutter from your home; and at the same time, for those of you who itemize their deductions, you may be able to save some money on year-end taxes.
Remodeling your home can be a challenging project; but it can also be an exciting adventure! While remodeling your home, you may need to look into short-term storage solutions. UNITS has reasonable pricing and customized solutions that will fit your particular needs and budget. We want to help you make your remodel a smashing success! If you’d like to learn more, contact us today.