Don’t let shortcuts ruin your remodeling project

Don’t let shortcuts ruin your remodeling project

A home remodel can be a huge investment. It’s human nature to try to get the most out of your limited budget. But when you’re stretching your available funds and cutting corners to get the most out of every dollar, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. There are smart ways to save on remodeling projects and there are not-so-smart ways.


Smart ways


You can save a lot of money when remodeling by simply creating a firm and realistic budget from the get go. You can shop around for deals when making purchases at home improvement stores. You can use salvaged materials to save a little money. You can look for tax credits for doing certain kinds of home improvement projects. All of these are safe ways to save money on remodeling without compromising the quality of the work.


Not-so-smart ways


One sure fire way to ruin a remodeling project is to attempt to do work yourself that is beyond your skill level. If you want to save some money by painting your home’s interior rather than hiring a painter, that’s probably okay. But you should leave electrical work to an electrician and plumbing work to a plumber. Another way to ruin a remodeling project is to hire a friend of that guy down the street who swears he can do the job for half the price of a professional. Remember that when it sounds too good to be true, it is. You should be wary of jack-of-all-trades handymen who charge significantly less than everyone else. As a general rule, you should make sure to only hire professionals who have the proper licenses and insurance to do the work.


Things to keep in mind


Remember that as tempting as it is to save a few bucks, you’re more likely to spend more rather than less when you attempt to do work yourself or hire someone who lacks experience. If your home is accidentally damaged in any way, you may have to pay for it out of pocket or face increased insurance premiums. Additionally, there’s a good chance you’ll end up needing to hire a professional anyways to fix the damage. If you hire someone without a license and insurance, you’re putting your property, and the well-being of the contractor at risk. You can end up being responsible for damage to your home and any injuries the contractor sustains.

 

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Source: shreveporttimes.com/story/life/columnists/2015/07/09/let-greed-ruin-next-remodeling-project/29845417/