Summer marks a great time for making home improvements. Whether it’s a remodel or you’re just making small fixes here and there, we’ve got some tips for how you can improve your home smartly and cost effectively.
Budget, Budget, Budget
At the onset of any home improvement project, being realistic about the money you have to work with and whether you’ll need to borrow more will prevent you from going overboard during your upcoming summer projects. Before diving headfirst into ripping up that carpet or tearing down that wall, budget – and then budget some more to avoid a project that continues indefinitely.
Shop Around + Do Your Research
No matter the scale of your project, looking into what will be involved and shopping around is crucial to staying within your budget. If it’s a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) type project, shopping around for products and discounts versus buying from the big box stores is always a good idea. If not, consulting with several different contractors to seek multiple quotes can ensure you get the best price.
Find the FREE Stuff
Before going out and buying all the materials you need for a project, consider seeking out friends, families and others who have recently undertaken their own home improvement projects. Often, people will have materials leftover. You can also utilize online resources like Freecycle and Craigslist to connect with others who are trying to get rid of materials at deeply discounted prices.
DIY or partnering with a contractor, doing your due diligence to stay in budget by researching and seeking out deep discounts or even free materials for your project can have a huge impact on the affordability of your upcoming summer home improvements.