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Save Big With These Remodeling Tips

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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The two top buzz words in home improvement these days are “saving money.” The good news is that you can save money on remodeling and still get a quality result. The trick is knowing where to shave costs without sacrificing quality. Here are some ideas:

  1. Stay within the footprint of your house. While a room addition can be a great enhancement, it can be pricey. If you have enough space in a basement or attic, do some interior remodeling instead. You gain usable space while keeping the remodeling cost down.
  2. Avoid high end finishes. Do you really need the $600 kitchen faucet when there are many good ones for $200 to $300? The same goes for tile. Instead of buying designer tile at $10 to $15 per square foot, try the basic, neutral ones for $1 to $4 per square foot. Then boost the design with a few randomly placed designer tiles in key spots. You get a taste of the high end while saving $200 to $400 or so per room. (Also try these kitchen home improvement tips from Consumer Reports.)
  3. Hire a good contractor. Don’t skimp on the quality of the contractor, as that can cost you in the long run. A good contractor can tell you how you can reduce the remodeling cost by doing the demolition or painting yourself. He or she also knows how to work efficiently to get the job done within your timeline and budget. Here’s more from the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
  4. Think long term. You can avoid duplicating home improvement work by having a long term plan, says Move.com. If you know that you might combine the dining room with the kitchen one day, you can avoid adding wiring in the wall, along with paint and specialty molding.

Here’s to saving money and still getting the look you want.

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