How to Remodel on a Budget
Wanting to remodel your home without blowing your savings? Whether it be for your own enjoyment or in anticipation of selling your home, you can remodel your home on a budget by following these tips.
- Replacing kitchen or bathroom tile? Consider installing the tile yourself instead of hiring a professional. Professionals are paid based on the speed with which they can get the job done. You, on the other hand, can take your time and make sure the tiling turns out exactly how you want. You can also save money by buying ceramic or laminate tiles wholesale versus going through a hardware store. There are many how-to videos available online that will walk you through the process of re-tiling your kitchen or bathroom.
- Re-carpeting? Again, installing new carpet yourself is a lot less expensive than having professionals come in to install carpet for you. Carpet installation can cost as much as $100 an hour, significantly raising the cost of re-carpeting. When searching for carpet, check out discount carpet warehouses in your local area. Many times the prices they offer will be significantly lower than that of major carpet retailers.
- Adding hardwood flooring? When you buy hardwood, you choose between Grade 1 and Grade 2. Grade 2 has more knots and imperfections but is significantly cheaper than Grade 1 and can also add personality to your floor and room. The important thing to remember when laying down hardwood floor by yourself is to let it sit in the room for a few days before installing it to allow it to adapt to the room temperature and humidity – this will prevent it from buckling.
- Redoing your roof? Regardless of whether you are having a pro re-roof your home or tackling the project yourself, you can save money on roof shingles by going through a local distributor versus a retailer.
- Replacing wood walls with brick? You can find great deals online for wholesale brick. There are also many great faux brick options available that will save you a pretty penny and look just as beautiful as the real thing.
- Installing new countertops? Consider using butcher blocks. They are both inexpensive and sturdy and will last your family for years. Make sure you get them treated to prevent damage from water and/or sharp and heavy objects sitting on them. They can be custom-cut to make room for sinks, etc as well.