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Helpful Hints On Lowering Remodeling Costs

July 3rd, 2011

During these economic crunch times, it can be difficult to pull together enough funds to begin some much-needed residential remodeling. Construction costs can be expensive, but it is possible to lower remodeling costs without having to forfeit construction quality. Residential additions can also be acquired without putting any major strains on the pocketbook. It may not be possible to fight the rising prices of labor and materials, but the average homeowner can look to lower prices by selecting affordable materials and less expensive amenities.

Some home improvement construction companies are able to lower rates by sourcing local products. If you are performing remodeling tasks on your own house, you should look for material providers close to home. If you are able to buy locally, you will save money on shipping and various other charges not to mention time. Check and see which local companies have the materials you need in their warehouses in order to see big savings.

An important part of cost-cutting is deciding what you need and what you can do without. Sometimes during remodeling we can add on too many extras and not really realize how much they are costing us. Often times shedding a few superfluous items can really make an unexpected difference. For example, if you are remodeling a bathroom then you absolutely must have a new sink. But even though you require a sink, your cost-cutting options are endless. Obviously, a marble sink is going to cost you a lot more than a stainless steel number. If you are remodeling your kitchen, think about whether you really need to replace those old cabinets. If there is nothing wrong with them besides the fact that they need new doors or lining, simply replace the doors or lining instead of having an entirely new set of cabinets built. If your wooden floors are looking a little worse for the wear, consider having them stained or painted instead of replaced entirely. Replacing floors will cost quite a bit in labor as they must be torn out, and replacing the floor means you will have to spend a finite amount on lumber.

Next, think about lighting. Browsing around the store, you may find that you cannot really tell the difference between the pricy fixtures and the moderately priced ones. Aesthetics do weigh in to this decision, and you should be sure to pick fixtures you can live with but it is not necessary to pick the most expensive fixtures. Do consider how long the fixtures you buy will last, and how long you plan to stay in your newly remodeled home.

If spending a little bit of money is going to add value to your home, it is worth paying a higher price. Little extras that no one will notice save you are the types of things you can avoid paying for. Before investing in new materials, carefully consider each of the areas where money can be saved and make a list of items which will vary in price. This way, you will be able to think about all the ways you can remodel your home at an affordable price.

Stewart Wrighter really enjoys spending time in his home designed with the help of several Seattle residential remodeling architects. He and his wife hired a Seattle residential additions architect.

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