Amazing Ways You Can Save Money on Home Improvements

| November 11, 2014

Every homeowner will complete a home improvement project at some point in their home-owning life. Whether out of necessity or for pleasure, you’ll need to do some home improvement projects, either big or small. You might be making some minor repairs or completely renovating your kitchen. But whatever it is you’re doing you’ll want to keep the costs down as much as possible. Having a firm budget is important when you’re making improvements, especially if you’re undertaking a big project. Even with a budget, you’re almost guaranteed to end up spending more than you planned to. Try these tips and tricks to save yourself some money the next time you feel like making some changes.

Get it Right the First Time

There’s a saying that goes “buy cheap, buy twice”. It might not always be true, but when it comes to home improvements, it’s not the time to go for the cheapest option possible. Make sure you don’t scrimp, with both materials and labor. Choosing the best value materials isn’t just about getting the lowest price. You need to balance quality with cost so that you don’t end up realizing that you will need to replace the cheap material you bought that won’t stand up to scrutiny. Even when it comes to fittings, such as screws and nails, it’s best not to choose from bargain buckets.

Reclaimed Materials

Another way you can save on materials is by buying reclaimed. Reclamation yards often work with renovators who are trying to give an authentic, period style to their project. With the rise in popularity of “shabby chic” interiors, recycled materials often don’t need much work before they’re ready to use. Anything from reclaimed wooden beams to second-hand furniture could save you money on renovations on a 3 bedroom terraced house for sale in Knaresborough. Try flea markets, auction houses and even junk yards to find a bargain. You can even look on auction websites, such as eBay. If you’re prepared to restore items, you’ll have even better luck finding something suitable.

Mix Cheap and Expensive

You can save money on DIY and renovations by knowing when to splash out and knowing when to reign in your spending. You can mix and match cheaper materials with more expensive ones, rather than always going for the more expensive option. There are some things that will never be on show. So as long as they’re good quality, they don’t need to be high-end. For example, in the kitchen the carcasses of your cupboards won’t be exposed. They don’t need to be flashy if they don’t form part of your overall aesthetic.

Be Down to Earth

When you’re choosing your materials, don’t be afraid to go to cheaper, well-known places. It might sound more impressive if you have a larger kitchen. But in truth no one is going to care that your kitchen is from IKEA, as long as it looks good. Just make sure you get the balance right between price and quality.

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