DIY Remodeling? One Inch at a Time

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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If spending hours pulling out staples from an old floor doesn’t thrill you, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to contribute to the do-it-yourself (DIY) life and save a little money in the process.

Many people think they have to do all of the remodeling to qualify as a DIYer, but that’s not true. Here are some creative ways you can save on remodeling without breaking too much of a sweat.

Demolish and Save on Remodeling

Doing some of the demolition is an easy way to save money. You just need a little muscle and the right tools. Whether you’re starting a kitchen remodeling or a flooring project, ask the contractor about demolition work. You can save from $200 to $600.

This could mean ripping out cabinets, old flooring, or the countertop. Just make sure any electrical circuits have been turned off and you know what to work around in the walls. Ask the contractor what tools you need…and wear protective clothing as needed. Here’s more from DIY Network.

Be the Remodeling Gopher

Imagine getting paid to shop for lighting fixtures (like these from Lighting Universe), cabinets, and flooring. Instead of asking the contractor to bring samples and check supplies and prices, do the legwork yourself. You could save from $100 to $350.

Remodeling the Details

It’s the details that make or break a remodeling project, so why not be in charge of them. Things like painting and installing cabinet hardware are easy DIY projects that can save $100 to $700 or more. Check out this Living on a Dime article for more.

Next time your contract arrives with an estimate, ask what you can do. It won’t be sweat-free, but you can save a few dollars.

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