Home Improvement on the Cheap:Remodeling
On my 1st house (now a rental property) I converted the house from 1.5 bathrooms to 2 full bathrooms. It was a fairly major project that involved gutting both bathrroms and relaying out the space to squeeze an extra bathtub into the 2nd bathroom.
I found several ways to keep my expenses under control during this project:
- Habitat for Humanity Reuse Store -- I went several times looking for a random item I needed in my project such as sink cabinets and hardware.
- Clearance items at Lowes/Home Depot - I bought my washer/dryer (which was part of this remodel project) on clearence at Lowes; I also got many smaller items such as some of the bath hardware on clearance.
- 10% Off Coupons at Lowes- If your going to buy something, you might as well save 10% on it.
- Do almost all the labor yourself -- easier said than done, but your time is money, so why not use it and save yourself a ton. The bulk of any remodel expesne is likely to be labor unless you do it yourself.
- Reuse drywall, toilets and other fixtures - If there is nothing wrong with a fixture or piece of material - clean it up and reuse it.
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