Due to the wide variety of tasks required, home renovation costs can add up quickly if not properly managed. If you plan carefully and do thorough research, you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on a remodeling project.
Before beginning a home renovation project, create a detailed budget. Once you know the prices, add 10% to that budget to account for any cost overruns. You might need to factor in the cost of a hotel for a few nights during a renovation or dining costs if your kitchen is off-limits for a while.
With high lumber and material costs, many homeowners are looking for ways to decrease their project budget to make up for spending more upfront. However, it can be hard to know which pieces of your renovation project you want to make more cost-effective, and busting the budget is everyone's biggest fear regarding home remodels.
If you've weighed your options and have decided it's better to remodel your home, follow some tips that will help you cut some costs:
1. Choose wisely your materials
If you want a fancy look but don't want to pay those prices, try looking for a material that mimics the look you want. Some materials allow you to have similar furniture and help you reduce some costs. For example, while you might want to use natural stone in your home renovation, you could consider using manufactured synthetic stone instead.
This will give your renovation a similar look at a fraction of the cost. Because the installation of manufactured stone is somewhat easier than natural stone, the labor costs will be a bit lower.
2. Bring in Natural Light Without Adding Windows
Before cutting a big hole in the side of your house and rearranging the framing, consider less invasive—and less expensive—ways of capturing light. For instance, to brighten up a windowless bath or hallway, you can install a "light tube," which slips between roof rafters and funnels sunshine into the living space.
3. Avoid Moving Plumbing, If You Can Help It
Many major remodeling projects require moving the plumbing; sometimes, that just can't be changed. But, if you're trying to cut costs, you should avoid moving the kitchen sink or any toilets, as it will require you to move plumbing lines.
4. Find the perfect time to make your home remodel
Don't schedule your reno in the height of summer or between September, when the kids go back to school, and Christmas. During these periods, suppliers tend to be busier, labor scarcer, and deliveries slower.
5. Donate your building materials
Before you begin a remodeling job, invite the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to remove materials and fixtures for later resale. You save space in the landfill, collect a charitable tax credit for the donation, and help a good cause.
6. Remove Debris Cheaply
You'll need a dumpster if you plan on an extensive remodeling project. You can rent them, but they're not cheap. Make sure you maximize the space of a dumpster by placing debris strategically. Place longboards along the length of the dumpster and place items like a bathtub facing up so you can put other trash in the tub.
7. Think long-term
Saving on the spot is excellent, but a good renovation also keeps in mind how much you save in the long run. But how? Make sustainable building upgrades during your renovation. You don't need to spend thousands on solar panels, but invest in good quality insulation.
8. Find a Cost-Effective Contractor
Contractors get busy during the summer months, so hire one during slow periods like winter to get a better deal. Contractors who need the business might cut you a deal in labor and save you money on your remodeling project.
Garcia & Sons Construction offers expert home repair, installation, and maintenance services. Our experienced team will be your preferred home repair service of choice, and our construction professionals are reliable, qualified, and will be respectful of you and your home. We understand that many do-it-yourself projects tend to get longer than expected, and, on many occasions, you run into complications.
Garcia & Sons Construction is a full-service general contractor specializing in home remodeling projects. We are committed to providing you with a comfortable, pressure and stress-free environment so all homeowners can get their questions answered and have all the information they need during the consultation and project. We can renovate your entire home or business. Whether you want to focus on the whole exterior or interior, remodel one or two specific rooms, or build new additions to your home as needed.
As a fully licensed, insured, and qualified company, we have worked hard towards perfection and improving our performance over the years. Keep in mind that your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed when hiring us! But we don't stop with just that. Our team has remodeled homes in the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach area for over 20 years. During that period, we earned the respect of customers and competitors and established ourselves as one of the most trusted names in the construction industry.
Our guiding principles have always been to build a relationship of trust with every client and provide complete information and honest guidance. We never attempt to pressure a customer to make decisions, and we put forward in every job (both small and large) the full benefit of our experience, top-quality materials and equipment, and disciplined work ethic.
Whether it comes to a one-time residential service or a big commercial remodeling project, we are ready and eager to assist you! We stand behind all our work with our reputation as one of the leading companies in the Florida Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches area.
Contact us at 561-631-2025 or 772-877-3499. Visit us at 1947 SW Biltmore St., Port St. Lucie, Florida, 34984.