Think You Can’t Remodel or Renovate Your Home On a Budget? Think Again! Here’s How to Update Your Home Without Breaking the Bank
There’s no doubt about it, home renovations can be extremely expensive. It’s very difficult nowadays to find come up with the amount of money that remodeling requires, but you may not need to put off those upgrades after all. If you want to start a home renovation project, you can do so by finding creative ways to complete the project within your budget. One of the best ways to save is simply by being flexible in your design. Here are some fantastic ways to save money when you want to renovate your house.
The first best way to save money is to buy as many materials or pieces as you can online. You can save so much money on lighting, tile, plumbing fixtures, and even furniture, by buying online. However, it is extremely important that you take note of taxes and/or delivery charges. Sometimes delivery can cost as much as the item you are ordering.
Go shopping locally, and when you find pieces you like, write down the model or style number. Then, go home and look for them online where you can likely find them brand new for less. Check out online stores such as eBay, Amazon, and WayFair. You can save thousands by doing this.
If you haven’t seen the item in person, it is important that you read the description carefully, as well as the return policy. Many companies will let you return, but will not pay for return shipping, and will also charge you a re-stocking fee. Go to google images, and look up the item; chances are, you can find many more photos that way, and you will then get a better representation of the true color or size of the piece. If you are buying materials online, do not wait until the last minute. It can take weeks for materials to come in; even longer depending on how many you need, and how rare the material is.
If you are going to buy a substantial amount of material, ask for a discount. You’d be surprised how many stores will offer a discount if you buy in bulk. The difference between one person getting a discount and the other person not, is that one person never thought to ask, or was embarrassed to.
You can also let them know that you’re on a budget. Keep in mind, businesses want to make sales. If you ask for a reasonable discount, chances are the retail associate will allow it (though they will usually have to run it by their manager). You can also save money by purchasing a display. That’s always an option that many stores are willing to consider; especially if its last year’s model.
Different towns and states are charged different amounts in regards to sales tax. You could potentially save a lot of money by shopping in an area that has lower tax fees. You can also call, and pay for it over the phone; or, have it delivered!
If you have the time, you might be able to complete some of the home renovations yourself. There are usually small parts of a project that you can do on your own without the use of your contractor. For example, caulking. Always remember, that some things should be left to the professionals. Not only for safety, but also because if you don’t know what you’re doing you’ll have to pay even more money to fix what you tried to fix but failed. You’d be amazed at how much you can learn by simply turning the TV and watching TLC or the other home improvement shows.
Most stores will price-match your item if you show them that the same item is being sold for less somewhere else. You never know, they may give you the same deal. Some stores, like Home Depot, will not only price match; they’ll knock off another 15% if a local store offers an identical, in-stock item at a lower price.
You’ll need proof of the lower price, and it must meet all the store’s conditions, otherwise they won’t match it. Every company has a different policy. After buying, save your paperwork. Some stores will adjust the price within a certain time period if you find it for less elsewhere or if it goes on sale.