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There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of completing a home improvement project with your own hands. Since you don’t have to pay for labor costs, upgrading your home on your own can save you a lot of money. At the same time, there are snags you can run into that can make a DIY project more expensive than you originally intended. To help prevent cost overruns, here are four ways you can save money with DIY projects.
Use Leftover Supplies
Most people keep a stash of excess building and remodeling supplies that are leftover from past home improvement projects. While these are kept around “just in case,” it’s unlikely that these supplies will ever be used. If you can convince someone to give you their excess supplies or sell them to you at a reduced cost, you can greatly reduce the cost of your project. You can find supplies by posting on neighborhood pages on social media with a description of what you’re seeking.
While hardware stores are well-known for their great selection of home improvement gear, a lesser-known function of these locations is their tool rental service. Rather than purchase an expensive, specialized tool that you may only use once or twice, you can rent the tool from a hardware store for a lower cost and save yourself the storage space you’d have to use when you’re done. Rentals are typically offered by the day, week, or month, so it’s important to know how long you’ll need the tool before you head to the store.
One crucial part of any home improvement project is proper planning. Without a good plan in place, you will likely find yourself spending more than necessary due to unexpected obstacles you run into along the way. To ensure your project goes off safely, efficiently, and on-budget, you’ll need to come up with a detailed plan of all the supplies and tools you’ll need, as well as precise measurements for the space in which you’re working. You’ll also want to make a note of any safety gear you’ll need so you can make sure you have it on hand when you begin.
Buy in Bulk
If you’re working on a big project, you can potentially save some money by buying supplies in bulk. To help show appreciation for various contractors, most hardware stores offer bulk discounts on a majority of popular supplies. Even if you don’t need the quantity required to receive the discount, you may still end up saving money on what you do need once the discount is factored in, even when buying extra materials.
Know Your Limits
In some cases, you may run into roadblocks during your project that are beyond your ability to correct. If that happens to you, it’s okay to recruit the assistance of a professional contractor for that portion of the project. As long as you’re careful to limit the scope of the work of the contractor, you can still save money, not to mention sanity and safety, if you hire someone with the right tools and know-how for the job.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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