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October 26, 2021

7 Smart Ways to Cut Costs on Your Home Remodeling

Whether you’re working with a small or enormous budget, remodeling costs can quickly spiral out of control. 

The cost of remodeling a house will vary widely depending on the scale of the project - are you looking to essentially rebuild the whole house or just upgrade your bathroom - and where you live. Unanticipated hiccups may also arise along the way resulting in additional expenses. 

So, how can you achieve a remodeling that is ideal for your home and budget? Here are a few tips about design, materials, and timing that will help you cut costs without sacrificing the aesthetic of your home.  

1. Estimate Your Remodeling Costs

One of the most important aspects of planning a remodeling is establishing your budget. Your estimated figure needs to factor in any unexpected and incidental costs. For instance, if you’re remodeling a kitchen, you may need to consider the cost of eating out. Similarly, you may have to spend some nights in a hotel depending on the scope of your project. 

When you have a ballpark figure of what to expect, it becomes easier to spot a bargain or exaggerated prices. The experts at Beaver Building & Remodeling are happy to provide you with a free estimate for your project!

2. Maintain Your Home’s Footprint

Changing the footprint of your home can be a timely and costly affair. If you’re remodeling a bathroom, for instance, you can keep costs low by upgrading the room without interfering with the plumbing points. Your best course of action is to maintain the position of your sinks, bathtub, and toilet unless it impacts the functionality of the space too much. If you absolutely need to shift the position of your toilet, you can take advantage of this opportunity to install better pipes. This will be more cost-effective in the long run. 

The same applies to kitchen remodeling. The trick is to keep your sinks and stove in the same place. Remodeling costs can also skyrocket if you decide to move the position of windows and walls in your home.

3. Consider Long-Term Costs

Saving on the spot can feel fantastic. However, you also need to consider how your current decisions will impact the long-term costs. 

Let’s say your addition needs a weatherboard. While the pre-primed and pre-painted type is slightly more expensive than unfinished claps, you’ll end up saving more by opting for the prefinished sliding. This is because the prefinished weatherboards will require fewer paint jobs in the long run. 

Some steps you can take to help cut costs, in the long run, include taking advantage of natural light and heat through strategic window placement if doing structural remodeling, and installing excellent quality insulation and LED lights.

Paying for premium quality materials may be more expensive on the spot, however, they’ll help you save more in the long run. 

4. Pay For Expertise

Even if you’re a keen DIYer, you’re bound to come across a task that is just too big or complex for you to handle when remodeling a house. For instance, if you need plumbing, electrical, or structural work done, your best bet is to bring on a professional. This way, you can avoid the needless outgoings and hazards arising from a subpar job.

But how do you ensure that you have the right remodeling contractors for the job? The cheapest option is not always the way to go. Saving money by using an under-qualified contractor will only result in a bigger bill later. If a job is done poorly, it’s both costly and time-consuming to have it redone properly. 

It’s essential that you conduct some research before settling on a contractor. Ideally, you want to get at least three quotes so you can compare and settle on pricing and a timeline that works best for you. You can also check if the remodeling contractor has been in business for a while, and actually call their references to ensure that you’re getting quality work. 

5. Schedule Your Home Remodeling in the Off-Season

Remodeling contractors tend to be very busy in the Spring and Summer, as this is when most people schedule their home improvement projects. During this period, building materials may be more expensive, labor tends to be scarcer, and your order is more likely to be delayed. 

You can cut costs if you’re willing to be flexible with when your home remodeling is done.  

By scheduling your project in the off-season, you’re better placed to negotiate on labor costs and construction materials may be less expensive during this period.

6. Swap Materials

One easy way to save money when remodeling a house is to opt for more affordable materials. You can easily find options that will help you achieve your desired aesthetic while staying within your budget. 

For instance, if mahogany is outside your price range, Lyptus is an option worth considering. Similarly, you can opt for engineered stone countertops in place of granite, laminate flooring instead of hardwood timber, or quarry floor tiles as an alternative to marble. Such substitutes can help you create your desired look without exceeding your budget. 

You can then use the more costly materials in only small sections that are meant to make a statement. 

7. Do It Yourself

You may be thinking,  “I’m not particularly handy, and therefore, remodeling a house is beyond my capabilities.”  And this may be the case. However, there are some easy tasks that you can complete by yourself and cut costs. Such tasks may include demolishing a deck, removing kitchen cabinets, preparing surfaces, and even cleaning up. 

Keep in mind that you’ll be paying the remodeling crew by the hour irrespective of how skilled or unskilled the task is. You can therefore save by handling some of the more manageable jobs by yourself. The key is to only tackle tasks that you’re comfortable doing and observe safety precautions at all times. 

Bottom Line

Home remodeling can be both exciting and challenging. You need to create a plan - and stick to it - to avoid getting in over your head cost-wise. With the right remodeling contractor, you can create the home of your dreams in a cost-efficient manner. 

Our team of experts at Beaver Building & Remodeling would be glad to cater to all your remodeling needs. Contact us now to set up a free consultation and quote for your project.

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