The best recommendations for your Home Improvement Expenses!

We’re all looking for effective money saving strategies.

Home improvement projects and renovations don’t need to drive you into debt. As the cost of materials and labor rises, it’s increasingly difficult to keep your next project under budget.

For 7 tried-and-true tips concerning how you can save money on your home improvement bills, keep reading…

1. Go for the small jobs.

Small jobs like a quick coat of or refinishing a floor can actually have a major positive impact on your home and often offer a much higher return on your investment than, say, refinishing a wall or installing a brand new floor.

Look for maintenance repairs instead of waiting for your home improvements to break down. A good example would be your heating system. Do not wait until it breaks down because it could cast thousands of dollars to buy a brand new one versus monthly maintenance tune-ups that could cost your less in the long run and future.

2. Always work with what you have first.

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Instead of breaking the bank with new materials, always try to work with what you already have. Remember, power washing, sanding and re-staining a porch can make it look great again and for a lot less than it would cost to build a completely new one.

3. Get three quotes.

When hiring a contractor or any laborer, shop around for at least three quotes. Give each contractor the exact same job requirements and request a detailed, outlined quote in writing that gives you a thorough breakdown of every job or item.

From there, you can compare your options and get a much more realistic and accurate viewpoint of the marketplace and your pricing possibilities.

4. Measure twice, cut once.

The “measure twice” mantra is a carpenter’s classic, but it applies to almost every home improvement job. From fitting new pipes to installing a marble countertop, make sure you know your material requirements inside and out before you even buy it, let alone cut it.

5. When hiring a professional, get references.

Before you sink your money into a contractor who may not deliver, do your homework and hire smart. Ask prospective contractors for examples of their past work or portfolio and the contact information for satisfied customers who would be willing to give them a reference.

A smart consumer will also check with their state’s licensing board and Better Business Bureau to make sure their contractor doesn’t have any outstanding warranted complaints or lawsuits against them.

Always make sure to hire a general contractor you can trust.

6. Try to reuse old or salvaged materials.

You don’t necessarily need to tap into your investments to upgrade your home. Someone’s old bathtub could be your antique dream. Check salvagers, scrappers, flea markets, and even antique shops for unique items that can be salvaged and reused.

For example, old tile can easily be located for a fraction of the price and often offers a one-of-a-kind feeling that’s almost priceless.

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