If you ask any homeowners who got done any home improvement projects on a low budget, they will tell you: you get what you pay for.
Contractors who make the lowest bids rarely deliver a great job.
Cheap construction materials usually don’t last too long.
But there are definitely effective ways to get great quality job for less money.
These 6 simple strategies will save you a big chunk of money, and you will get you a high quality remodel you always wanted.
Rule #1. Get a Job Done Off-Season
Plan your project off-season to save yourself at least 10% of the cost.
Let’s say you would like to get a pool for your back yard or a new air-conditioning unit installed.
There is no better time to do it than in the fall.
Or… you can also wait till summer to replace or install a gas fireplace or your old furnace.
Rule #2. Combine Small Jobs
A lot of professionals usually charge a high service fee or at least 3-4 hour minimum.
Make a list of all the odd jobs that need to be done around the house and get more work for your money by hiring someone who will do them all at once.
Rule #3. Do Your Homework and Shop Wisely
When you go to buy construction materials, like tile, hard wood floors, etc. or in need of appliances, light fixtures, blinds etc., take advantage of large Home Improvement Stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s.
However, you need to wait until they have a holiday sale (Memorial Day, Labor day etc.)
By doing that you can save at least 10% of the total amount.
Plus it’s a good idea to apply for their store Credit Card.
This way you can get another 10% discount on top of that.
Be aware of the fact that a lot of times you can get a 0% interest rate for a whole year!
Rule #4. Look for a Mom-And-Pop Contractors
While looking for a Contractor for a discount home remodeling, keep in mind that a smaller family-owned business have leaner operations and lower costs than the large companies.
That means that they can charge less than the big guys.
That can result in savings from 5% to 20%.
Rule #5. Put in Some Sweat Equity
When we bought our house, there was hardly any landscaping work done in the back yard.
So we decided to take on some simple projects ourselves like buying and planting the trees and bushes, raking and rearranging things in the back yard, painting the fence etc.
However, we hired a professional to get a drip system installed and our roof fixed.
Rule #6. Get a Tax Deduction
Last fall we were getting our kitchen remodeled.
The Lowe’s guy who designed our kitchen cabinets recommended to call a non-profit company like local Habitat for Humanity Restore to come over and get our old cabinets removed.
Besides the fact, that they did all the work for free, we also got a receipt from them that we used to deduct the value of items as a charitable donation on our Tax Return that year.
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