3 Tips For Saving Money On Home Improvement Projects

Posted on: 4 March 2016

Do you need to get started on a home improvement project? Have you been saving money all year, only to find out that the money you thought would be enough actually falls a little short? Home improvement projects can be an expensive undertaking. Fortunately, there are ways to save money and still get the look that you're wanting. Here are some important tips on how to avoid going over your intended budget:

  1. Do part of the work yourself: If part of your project involves rewiring or re-plumbing a room, you may be understandably reluctant to do the work yourself. After all, you probably don't want to end up electrocuted or with a flooded house. But even for these types of projects, there are often many things that you can take care of on your own. For example, if sections of the wall need to be taken down so that the pipes or wires inside can be accessed, you may be able to do this yourself and save on labor costs. Then, instead of paying your contractor to close the wall back up, you would take care of that on your own. Even if you think that you don't possess these skills, try watching a few informational videos online. They'll show you exactly what you need to hang drywall or repair plaster, as well as how to best complete the job.
  2. Avoid buying tools: When you want to repaint a large two story home, brushes and rollers can seem insufficient. But if you've been looking at the price of paint sprayers, you may have been overwhelmed by sticker shock. Tool rental is a perfectly valid way to obtain expensive and specialized tools that you'll only use once. If you only repaint your exterior every 5-10 years, buying and then storing the right size of paint sprayer can seem like a ridiculous investment. With tool rental, the price is much lower than an outright purchase and there is no storage hassle once you're done.
  3. Practice on cheaper materials: So you've decided to re-tile your kitchen floor in beautiful marble. You've gone to your local tool rental place and obtained a tile cutter. Now what? Many people would start simply laying tile, but a little planning and practice can save you money in the long run. Even experienced professionals can sometimes crack and ruin expensive tiles when cutting them to fit. To help avoid this possibility, buy a case of cheap tiles and practice the types of cuts that you'll need to make on your beautiful marble tiles. It may seem strange to spend even more money, but would you rather learn how to use the saw on a case of cheap tile or run the risk of damaging an entire case of expensive tile that may have cost many times that amount? Damaging the expensive tile would mean that you'd have to spend even more money to replace it.

If you're looking to rent tools, visit a company like White Bear Rental.


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