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Ways to Cut Costs on Your Next Home Renovation

These three ways to cut costs on your next home renovation will help you create your dream home without sacrificing quality or breaking the bank.

Planning for a home renovation can be quite exciting, but it also requires a lot of preparation and organization. Perhaps one of the more stressful parts of planning a renovation is saving money and preparing a budget. Depending on the scope of your project, renovation costs can start to add up quite quickly. Figuring out how to cut costs without sacrificing quality is therefore very important to many homeowners. Luckily with the proper preparations and bit of creative thinking, you can complete your next home renovation under budget and on time. This guide explores three simple ways to cut costs on your next home renovation without cutting corners.

Take matters into your own hands

One of the most popular ways to cut costs on your next home renovation is to take matters into your own hands. Adopting a DIY approach to your renovation will help you save significantly on the cost of labor for the project. Thanks to home renovation TV shows and instructional internet videos, taking the reins on your renovation project is now easier than ever. Many hardware stores also offer instructional classes that can help ensure your project is completed safely and correctly. Be sure to do your research before diving into a DIY project, however. Some projects that look easy on paper may require a significant amount of skill and precision when put into practice. If this is your first DIY home remodel, be sure to familiarize yourself with the basics of renovation first. Creating a game plan for the entire project before you begin construction will help set you up for success in the long run and will ensure that the final project accurately reflects your original design vision.

Don’t be afraid to shop around

A DIY mindset may not be the best idea for all renovation projects, however, and on some occasions, you may need to bring in the professionals. For larger, more specialized projects, such as plumbing and electrical work, it’s often in your best interest to consult a licensed contractor. Before you sign on with a contractor, be sure to shop around a bit. Take some time to gather recommendations and get quotes from various contractors and construction companies. This will ensure you’re getting the best price possible for your renovation project. Don’t be afraid to shop around when it comes to building materials either. Expensive building materials such as tile, wood, or marble can often be found at a lower price if you only take the time to look.

Purchase secondhand materials

Secondhand materials and furniture often get a bad rap but they can help you save a significant amount of money on renovation costs in the long run. Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity sell lightly used furniture, fixtures, and building materials at a much lower cost than if they were bought brand new. Windows, doors, and even appliances such as refrigerators and ovens can often be found at such organizations. You can also browse local flea markets, garage sales, or antique stores to find secondhand items with a bit more history and character. With a little elbow grease, these items can look brand new again, helping you cut costs on your renovation without cutting quality.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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