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Learning From Home Renovations

Although I am not a professional contractor, I have worked with more than a few during my 40 years as a homeowner. In fact, I have had 3 kitchens, 7 bathrooms, and 2 master bedrooms renovated over the years. Because some of the experiences were a breeze, I found myself addicted to customizing my homes. If you are thinking about getting a little work done on your home, it is a good idea to learn as much about construction as you can. After all, how will you choose a new garage door opener if you aren't familiar with the different types? Understanding the materials and how to choose a contractor might streamline your renovation.


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Top 4 Tips For Saving Money On Home Remodeling Projects

It is not uncommon for homeowners to want to make improvements to their home. However, major remodeling projects can be quite expensive, and some homeowners may think that they have to put their projects on the back burner due to budget constraints. Luckily, there are a number of ways to save money on large home remodeling projects without sacrificing quality. If you want to trim some of the expenses of a home remodeling project you are interested in, use the following tips:

Use Mid-Grade Materials

The cost of materials will play a big role in the overall cost of your remodeling project. For example, pure wool carpeting is substantially more expensive than a polyester blend. Likewise, travertine stone flooring will cost a lot more than ceramic tile. When shopping for materials for your remodeling project, choose quality mid-grade options instead of opting for premium options that are much more costly.

Do Some Prep Yourself

When you want to save some money on your home remodeling bill, consider doing some of the prep work yourself. You can potentially save hundreds of dollars by doing things like removing old carpeting or linoleum flooring yourself instead of paying your contractor or sub-contractors to do the work. In the long run, several hours of work is well worth having extra money in your pockets.

Avoid Make Plumbing Changes

It is easy to get excited about a home remodeling project and have grand plans that change the entire layout of a room. But if you don't want to blow your budget, avoid making changes to your existing plumbing. Moving sinks to a different wall or moving the bath tub/shower to a different area of the bathroom can add huge expenses to your project. When planning your home remodeling project, it is in your best interest to keep sinks, showers, and existing pipes where they already are.

Don't Replace Everything

During a home remodeling project, it may not be necessary to replace everything in a room. For example, if you have old wood flooring, you may be able to have it refinished and re-stained for a fraction of the cost of purchasing new wood flooring and having it installed. Same goes for cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom; if your cabinets are in decent condition, you may want to consider having them resurfaced and refinished instead of tearing them out and replacing them with expensive new cabinets. 

Contact a company, like Santoro Home Improvements / Building and Design / Development LLC, for more help.