Money-Saving Tips on Home Renovation
Undertaking a remodeling project for the home can be a very exciting journey. However, without proper planning or drawing up a budget, it is all too easy to go overboard and end up with a mountain of debt that can be difficult to pay off. Here are some useful tips that we hope will be able to help you perform exterior renovation on your home according to your liking without having to break the bank.
Making the Most of Your Space
It is always advisable to increase the efficiency of space use without having to enlarge the house. The kitchen would be a prime example of this idea. Reorganizing the kitchen for maximum utility would mean not having to knock down the walls of your house or perform an exterior renovation in order to enlarge it. Shelves are a major space eater, a problem that is easily solved by replacing them with pullout drawers that have racks. This delivers at least three horizontal planes as opposed to just one. These cabinets can be upgraded in the future, according to your family’s needs with a minimal cost, introducing the likes of dividers and pullout trays.
Redirect More Natural Light
Having more natural lighting in any home is always welcome, but having more windows or boring a hole in the roof to install a skylight are not the best methods. Having a skylight would mean going through the hassle of an annual inspection and maintenance schedule, while keeping windows clean can be quite a challenge – especially when you have so many of them around. Why not install a “light tube” instead? This “light tube” can be slipped between roof rafters, where natural sunlight will then be funneled into the home.
Check out the Recycling Center
If you have a penchant for Do-It-Yourself projects and do not mind using second hand items that are still in good operating condition, you will be able to save a whole lot of money in the remodeling effort. Hit a recycling center such as Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores and you can pick up salvaged items on the cheap. You will also involuntarily save on the installation costs since it is a DIY project as the majority of home improvement contractors would rather avoid the risk of liability just in case the parts do not function properly after installation.
Make Money from Trash
Any exterior renovation effort would often require throwing away unwanted stuff. Having a local Habitat for Humanity chapter drop by to identify the unwanted materials and fixtures is a great way to help save precious landfill space while picking up a charitable tax deduction for the donation along the way. The feel-good factor of helping keep the earth green is also priceless.
Go Online or Pick up Discount Gift Cards
There are always good deals online, but it can take some effort to hunt those down. Selected sites like Ebates and Top Cash Back do offer cash back offers that will let you pick up instant savings with each purchase. Not only that, do keep a keen eye out for point programs which can be converted into cash back or even gift cards. Apart from that, discount gift cards will offer more value for money since it offers a percentage of discount that might seem minimal, but it adds up as even minimal exterior renovation can be costly.
We hope that some of these tips will be able to help you pursue your dream home without having to spend an arm and a leg. Do get in touch with our consultants today if you would like to spruce up your living space with a new look. We would be more than pleased to provide a free consult.