Home remodeling can be an expensive venture. It is tough nowadays to come up with the kind of money that needs to fund any upgrades to your home. Even though it is an expensive venture, it does not mean that it cannot be achieved through creative ways of working within a budget. The following are some of the ways that you can keep your costs down and still manage to remodel your home.
1. Ask for discounts
If you are buying many things in one store, you can request for a discount. Many stores can offer you a discount of up to 10% if they see that you are buying many things from them or you are sending more customers their way. Another way that you can get a discount is to hire a contractor to remodel your home.
Contractors have contacts and know where to get certain materials for your home remodeling project at a discounted price. All you have to do is give the contractor an estimate of your budget and if they are interested, they can find creative ways to help you save money.
2. Shop in places with a lower tax rate
Different states, counties and towns have varied sales tax amounts. You can save thousands by shopping in places with lower tax. Areas with sales tax savings usually sell their items at a cheaper price. Alternatively, you can buy your home remodeling materials during a sales tax holiday. States such as Texas, Missouri, Maryland and Georgia have Energy sales tax holidays one weekend per year. There are also some other stores which offer weekend promotions or holidays where they pay the tax.
3. You can complete some renovations yourself
There are some things that you can finish off yourself instead of relying on the contractor to do it for you. For instance, you can sand and paint the walls yourself. It may take some time but you will eventually get it done and save yourself thousands of dollars. It is important to remember that there are some things that are better done by a professional such as installing cabinets, counter-tops, flooring, etc.
4. Ask for a price match
Many stores would be willing to price-match your home remodeling materials if you tell them that there is a store in your area that is selling them for much less. It is a tedious task that is not always possible. However, if you look on the bright side, the worst thing that can happen is for the store owner to tell you “no”.