Home Remodeling Within a Budget

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your home because you want to impress new home buyers as you prepare to move or you’re simply doing a little home improvement because you are tired of the way your kitchen has been for the last 10 years, everyone’s biggest home remodeling fear is spending tons of money that they just can’t afford.

home remodelingWhile you should always add a little “wiggle room” to your home remodeling budget (say 15%, just in case), you don’t have to spend tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars to give your home a fresh new look. Here are a few tips that you can use to save money on your home improvement projects to make sure you don’t break the bank during your redesign.

Don’t be afraid to recycle.

Not only is recycling good for the environment, using old material in new ways can be a great way to slash your budget and still get a design that you want. If you wanted to add some new light to your space, try heading down to a salvage center to see what’s available—you can often find things for less than half the price you’d have to get it new. Be careful, though; sometimes contractors will not work with salvaged items because they can’t assure the quality of the item. For DIY projects salvaged is great but check with a contractor before buying anything for a professional home remodeling job.

Cover-ups can be completely transformational.

Do you want to give all of your furniture and appliances a new look but simply can’t afford to buy everything new? Instead of paying thousands of dollars for a new stainless steel refrigerator, you can buy contact paper with a stainless steel finish that will adhere to your appliances and make them look a lot more luxurious without the expensive price tag.

A similar technique can be used with your furniture. Instead of buying a new sofa set, consider getting a slip cover instead; there are many elegant finishes available that cost a tiny fraction of what a new piece of furniture would cost.Home re4modeling ideas

Use synthetic or sustainable products. 

Instead of having that extremely expensive hardwood floor installed in your home after you take out the carpet, consider using laminate flooring or a more sustainable material instead. Laminate floors come in different levels of quality so you will be able to get someone very similar to what you would with a hardwood floor but a lot cheaper.

Still rather go with an actual piece of wood? There are sustainable tree farms popping up all over the world that create materials out of wood a lot cheaper than hardwood because it is easily replaced. Bamboo flooring and hybrid eucalyptus wood are great examples of real wood that are cheaper and more durable than most hardwoods you will find on the market today.

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