Home renovation tips that won’t hurt the budget

1. Focus on efficiency rather than size.

You may not need to knock down walls to maximise square footage if you can reorganise and equip your kitchen for maximum utility. Start with swapping out space-hogging shelves for 8-inch-wide cabinet-height pullout drawers with racks for dry goods and other items. You could easily spend a few extra money on modifications like dividers and pull-out pot trays, but you’ll save large amounts of money by foregoing the feature you thought you needed.

2. Visit a Recycling Facility

Recycled or lightly used fixtures and building materials can save money for do-it-yourselfers.

However, many contractors will refuse to deal with salvaged things, or materials provided by homeowners in general, because they do not want to be held liable if something goes wrong.

If you’re doing your own work, though, you can get everything from prehung doors to acrylic skylights to partial insulation bundles.

3. Make your own demonstration

Although demolishing your home is less expensive than reconstructing, you can save money by conducting some of the demolition yourself—as long as you do with caution.

4. Consult with your contractor’s suppliers

Consider asking your subcontractor for leftover flooring from previous jobs if he has a surplus of it. You could easily save a few hundred quid with this. The best consolation is scoring some cheap yet high quality flooring. Most contractors would suggest cheap laminate flooring as not only that they fit every homeowner’s budget, these flooring have proven track record. They are stylish and easy to maintain, too.

5. The Kitchen Sink Shouldn’t Be Moved

If you can avoid it, the toilet, as well. This is frequently the most significant factor in the rise in plumbing costs. If your new plan necessitates the relocation of the toilet, take advantage of the opportunity to upgrade the pipes as well. In the long term, this will save you money.

6. Make decisions as soon as possible

Before starting demolition, start prowling the aisles of the hardware shop or home center. Get a solid idea of what you want in terms of fixtures and appliances, as well as how much they cost.

If you’re not quite clear about what you want up front, you’ll have to rely on your contractor’s estimate, known as an allowance, and his idea of what’s acceptable may differ significantly from yours. Allowances are typically too low 98% of the time.