Where To Make Big Savings On Your Renovations
No matter how careful you are, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and living rooms all need a renovation eventually. And if your family is growing, chances are you might need some extra room without having to go to the expense of moving. Big home improvement projects can often attract big bills and costs, but there are several ways you can save a lot of money and still get the work done. Here are just some of the cost-savers you might be able to use:
Clear The Space Yourself
Many builders and contractors add a surcharge to your bill for clearing what is already there. They will also charge you for waste removal at commercial rates. If you’re willing to clear the room out and prime it for the building work, you could be saving a fortune in extra labor charges. As many areas offer free domestic recycling, you can also avoid the commercial charges for waste management. Ripping stuff out can be a lot of fun too!
Choose The Extras Yourself
Some projects like kitchens and bathrooms often come with a ‘builders choice.’ This means your contractor has selected some of the fixtures and fittings that give him or her the best markup. When it comes to appliances, in particular, you want to make sure you’re getting the best energy rating, so it saves you money (and the environment) ongoing. You can do the same with your flooring by choosing cheap floor coverings that suit your family and use. Chances are you want something that costs little to maintain and keep clean. Pretty much everything can be chosen by you, and, if you’re super-handy, installed by you to keep costs down.
Do The Install Yourself
If you’re not confident to take on the installation of cabinets, then why not invest in a quick DIY course? These are often more cost-effective than hiring a contractor to do it for you. Some fittings such as electrical work and plumbing must be completed by a qualified and certified trades-person. But there is nothing stopping you reaching that point yourself, then hiring a professional for the last bit. It may take you a little longer than a tradie that does this work all day every day. Think of the self-pride!
Learn The Trades You Need
Knocking together a few cabinets is one thing. Plastering and painting a house is another! However, there are always short courses that teach the basics in your community. If you know the whole house is going to need renovations over time, then why not get to know a few of the techniques used by the pros? If you can mix concrete to lay your patio level, or hang a new door in your bedroom, why would you pay someone else to do it?
You don’t have to give up on your dreams of that house renovation projects. You don’t have to give up every penny you’ve saved to make it happen either. Would you be willing to try some of these methods of saving on your house?