Change is simply inevitable. As the family gets bigger, the children grows up, and the difference in lifestyles is felt; among the first things that is done to accommodate these adjustments is a change in the home. But with the challenging New York housing market, upgrading through home improvement proves to be a more ideal option than selling and moving into a new house. And to make the changes more financially beneficial, here are tops ways to save on home improvement whether you are in Long Island, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, or Queens.
Work within the Existing Blueprint
Envisioning your ‘perfect’ kitchen or bathroom can be totally exciting. Major changes however can be bank breaking. To avoid the hefty costs it is important to smartly choose which changes can be done to answer to the family’s needs without having to move primary features such as sinks, bathtubs, and toilets. If you are working with basement remodeling, instead of removing and relocating support columns, pipes, and other unsightly structural elements, you can work these into the design by using creativity. Not going through these major tasks in your home improvement saves you a big chunk on the remodeling project.
Reuse or Resell
If the fixtures and other features in your home improvement project are still in good working condition, consider reusing to save on the money you need to spend buying new things as well as demolition and disposal. Refinishing is a great way to create changes and make fixtures and furnishings as good as new. Some of the jobs you can include in your project are refinish hardware, repaint cabinets, refinish hardwood floors, etc. But if you really decide for new items, then sell your used fixtures and furnishings online or at a yard sale. The profits can add to your budget.
There are many options that you can consider to get you the best value for your home improvement money such as:
- RTA Cabinets – you can use ready-to-assemble cabinets for kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling. Without having to pay for labor costs, this will considerably cutback on expenses.
- Bid on Materials – you can buy items at very cheap prices at auctions. One place to find such great buys is at the US Treasury auctions. You can also try searching for online auctions or local yard sales.
- Buy Salvaged – salvaged materials such as hardwood, glass, marble or granite slabs, and other old fixtures and furnishings are great buys. This green way of doing home improvement is an amazing way to trim down on expenses. Some places to find such deals include recycling centers, architectural salvage yards, online classifieds and specialty boutiques offering vintage furnishings.
Know When and When Not to DIY
There are home improvement works that can easily be done by you and there are areas that are best left for professional contractors to efficiently do. Knowing when and when not to DIY is crucial as this decision can save you from the risks, hassles and costs of doing things wrong. Specially if the project involves any updates or changes in plumbing, electricity or other complex areas; it is best to hire a qualified contractor and get the best value for your budget.