You are certainly not alone if you want to save money while you remodel your home. As a matter of fact, many homeowners are on tight budgets during their entire renovation projects. Not breaking the bank, however, may seem like an impossibility once you start tallying up all the costs of your job in earnest. Don’t worry, though! There are plenty of steps you can take to keep your hard earned money while still creating the home of your dreams. This guide features several great tips that will help you.
When should I keep appliances?
Kitchen remodels are extremely popular, but new kitchen appliances are pricey. If you purchased your refrigerator, oven, and/or stove fewer than five years ago, there is probably no reason to replace them unless they completely clash with your new design scheme. Since most appliances are neutral, though, this isn’t likely to be an issue. The only time you should seriously look into replacing newer appliances is if they have already had to be serviced multiple times. Remember, reusing your current appliances is a great way to save thousands of dollars.
When should I keep plumbing fixtures?
There are not too many instances in which it makes sense to keep the plumbing fixtures you currently have when you’re remodeling. There are, however, a couple of situations in which it might make sense. One of these is if the fixtures are brand new; there’s no sense in purchasing brand new faucets and sinks twice within a short period of time. The other is if you are in love with an older fixture and you simply can’t replace it. Maybe, for example, your house has original fixtures with a clawfoot tub; these could be refurbished, in all likelihood.
When should I keep countertops?
Countertops, especially those that are very high-quality, can usually be saved without a great deal of trouble. Your contractor will simply have to remove them carefully before starting any other construction in the space. Since countertops can be quite costly, saving ones you like is a good way to slash your remodeling budget. If, however, the countertops you currently have are decades old or of poor quality, you might be better off replacing them with an affordable, but nicer, style.
When should I keep tile?
This is a bit of a tricky issue. It’s very rare for tile to survive removal intact. It generally cracks or splits. There are a few circumstances, though, in which homeowners are desperate to preserve tile in a room they are renovating. If the tile is hand-painted, perhaps brought back from a trip to the Middle East, for instance, it is often important to salvage. People also frequently want to make sure original tile in historic homes is kept if at all possible. Finally, if tile was recently installed, homeowners may want to to make an effort to preserve it. That said, most of the time, it is simply easiest to invest in new tile while you’re remodeling.
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