Seven ways you can limit costs during a home remodel

Major home renovations can be extremely expensive. The average cost of a total kitchen remodel is around $57,000 and remodeling a bathroom, the smallest room in the home, costs on average $17,000. It’s understandable to want to cut costs but you don’t want to cut corners. The following seven tips can help you limit costs without detracting from the quality of the finished product.

Plan ahead

Failing to order enough material or placing an order before you’re really sure it’s what you want can lead to cancelled or modified orders and lots of delays. There are usually fees associated with modified orders and if you order the wrong thing and have to send it back and then wait for the right thing, your remodel will end up way over deadline and way over budget. If you don’t want to pay workers to stand around because they don’t have everything they need to do the job, then make sure to plan ahead.

Do your own demolition

Though it’s backbreaking work, tearing out things to make room for the remodel is fairly routine so long as there’s no electrical wiring or plumbing that you need to work around. For the cost of a dumpster and your own sweat and tears you can save several hundred dollars per room by tearing up old flooring, removing drywall and doing any other demo work yourself.

Handle easy projects yourself

In addition to doing the demo yourself, you can save more money by tackling some of the easier aspects of the remodel yourself. While you should let contractors do the electrical wiring, plumbing, and flooring installation, there’s nothing stopping you from doing the painting or installing baseboard heater covers after they’ve done everything else. Just specify with your contractors in advance which projects you want them to leave for you and make sure you aren’t charged for it.

Do your own cleanup

After all is said and done, you can save money by taking care of the cleanup. If you still have the rented dumpster from doing your own demo work, you can use it to clear away the rest of the garbage.

Use secondhand materials

Check with local building supply retailers to ask about salvaged materials you might use. Leftover materials from an old project can be of high quality but at a much better price point. You can also ask your general contractor who might have access to salvaged materials.

Reface instead of replace cabinets

If your cabinets are in good shape and you like the layout and you have enough cabinet space, there’s no reason to tear them out in order to order all new custom cabinets. You can reface your existing ones so that they go well with your new kitchen. You can replace the doors entirely or just repaint or restain them. You can also add a veneer or swap out the cabinet hardware to give them a new look

Set up a temporary kitchen

If your remodel will leave you without a kitchen for a few weeks or months, you need to consider the amount of money you’ll be spending to eat out three times a day. You can save a lot of money by setting up a temporary kitchen elsewhere in your home. It doesn’t have to be something fancy. Some homeowners move their fridge to the garage along with a microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and other smaller appliances. Purchase some plastic cutlery and paper plates and cups and you can make do until your kitchen is finished without having to go out to eat every day.

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