How to Lower Residential Remodeling Costs

In this economy, construction costs can make the difference between going forward with a home remodeling project or not doing one at all.

While the basic material and labor costs continue to increase, consumers can find a way to lower renovation and construction amounts by choosing less expensive fixtures, amenities and lumber.

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Using local discount home improvement businesses makes projects more affordable. They might have merchandise and materials available in the warehouse which is often used, rather than ordering new supplies for the project. This saves on shipping costs, time and surprise charges.

The best way to reduce costs is always to decide what is necessary and what is nice to have. Sometimes they are the same thing, but more often than not there is a distinct big difference.

A sink is a must-have. A marble sink is nice, but metal is much less expensive. Replacing cabinets may be a nice idea, but if only the doors are damaged and need to be replaced, then perhaps a refacing will work rather than a complete cabinet makeover. Staining or painting wood is more affordable than tearing it out and putting in brand new lumber if the existing materials are usable.

Choose the fixtures carefully. Do the expensive ones look as nice as the cheaper ones, or is there a definite difference? If they are the same, then consider going with the less expensive material. If it won’t be as durable, consider how long it will last. If the sink you like will probably last for 20 years and the homeowner plans to be in the house for less than five years, is there truly a point in purchasing the higher priced features? Some will add value to a home; others will not be nearly as noticeable and do not need to be extravagant just for the sake of boosting home resale value when it is down the road and not distinctive enough to change home sale rate.

Consider all options before scrapping a project. The costs will not be going down within the next few months or years. It will only increase. The time has come to take advantage of discount remodeling offered by local contractors.