Tips And Tricks For Saving Money When Improving Your Home

January 23, 2013

in Home improvement, Vancouver real estate

Vancouver real estate homes for saleHome renovations are fun and rewarding, but unfortunately, they are somewhat costly. The good news is that there are ways you can get the results you want without throwing money away needlessly. With a little forethought and careful planning, you can have home improvements done and still stick within a budget.

Prioritize

Almost all homeowners have a list of projects they would like to have done. The trick is to figure out which ones you absolutely need and which ones you can live without or do later. You have to be realistic about what you can afford. You might want to remodel the bathroom and add a hot tub, but what about your kitchen that dates back to the 1980s? Choose projects based on your needs and the value they add to your home, not just the ones that you want the most.

Know Exactly What You Want

The last thing you want to do is tell a contractor that you have changed your mind about something or tell them you want something that they did not originally figure into the quote. You can be certain the contractor will add the cost of extra labor and materials into the bill. Additionally, he or she may have to undo or redo finished work and will charge you for that as well. Think about your home improvement project from every angle and communicate call your ideas clearly to your contractor so that neither one of you receives any unpleasant surprises.

Shop Around

Do not just hire someone based on a friend’s recommendation or go with the first quote you get. Compare bids from different contractors to make sure you get the best possible price. Additionally, you should check the contractor’s reputation, and if possible, ask to speak to some of their former clients. Going with a cheaper contractor who does shoddy work can actually cost you more in the long run. Balance out getting the best price with finding the contractor who does the best work.

Do You Need Soundproofing?

Soundproofing is very popular these days, especially for rooms with home theatre systems. Soundproofing is a good investment, but it does involve some serious structural work that comes with a hefty price tag. Some rooms are worth investing in soundproofing, while it may not be as essential for others. For example, if you have a big screen television and high mega-watt sound system in your basement then you might want to have that room sound proofed, but you do not necessarily need your son’s bedroom soundproofed even if he does play guitar.

Planning and research are your two biggest allies. Determine your needs; asses which ones are most important and find a contractor who will quality work at a reasonable price. You do not always have to break the bank to make home improvements.

About the Author: Kandis Jernejcic is a home improvement expert who loves to use green glue buckets to create home theaters, drapes and window coverings to change a living room, and fantastic repurposed furniture to change the shape of any space.

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