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10 Ways to Save on Remodeling Projects

10 Ways to Save on Remodeling Projects

Worried that your remodel is going to empty out your bank account?  Here’s how to save on your remodel and still achieve the customized, unique look you envisioned for your home.

1. Focus on increasing the efficency rather than the size of the space.

Simply reorganizing the space and incorporating features specifically designed for efficiency and maximum utilization can mean that the square footage of your project doesn’t need to be increased.

2. Consider utilizing natural light instead of adding windows

Skylights and light tubes inserted via the roof can be viable alternatives for additional light to a room.  They add architectural interest, are frequently more energy efficient and will cost less than regular window installations.

3. Visit recycling centers

Most contractors will only work with and accept liability for products and materials they have purchased for your job, so chances you won’t be able to use recycled materials.  For DIY projects, you can find gently used or recycled building materials and fixtures at the ReStore here in Wake County.

4. Donate to charity

Habitat for Humanity will pick up your old fixtures and materials.  You get a tax-deduction AND free up space at our local landfills.  Talk about a “win-win” for everyone!

5. Access your contractor’s sources

Sometimes contractors have contacts with suppliers who have leftover materials that your contractor may be willing to purchase and pass on to you at a reduced cost.  It’s worth asking your contractor!

6. Consider reducing the number of recessed lighting fixtures

If you’re thinking of recessed lighting, remember it can be labor extensive as holes must be cut and insulated.  Consider wall and ceiling mounted light fixtures.  They deliver more light, are architecturally interesting and may mean you need fewer fixtures.

7. Schedule projects during the slow months

The first few months of the New Year is generally the slowest season for contractors.  That can mean quicker turn-arounds for material orders and perhaps a bit of wiggle room when negotiating prices.  Also, the first of the year is a great time to purchase household appliances and electronic equipment which are on sale after the holidays.

8. Purchase items in stock sizes

Customized materials are always more expensive than standard or regular stock sizes. So whenever possible use standard dimensions and you’ll save the prices often associated with custom work.

9. Make decisions before demolition begins

Most contractors ask that you make as many decisions as possible before the job begins so that the projected price of your project is accurate. For example, if you aren’t specific about your fixtures and that special chandelier you had in mind is more expensive than what was allotted for in your allowance, you may have a problem!

10. Make as few change orders midstream as possible

Chances are that you will make some small changes over the course of your renovation project.  Just try to keep them to a minimum!  Change orders can result in price differences, renovation delays and mishaps in communication. That’s stress for you and your contractor!