Renovation Tips on a Budget

While Portland seems to be a perfect place for families to settle, you might find yourself faced with renovation problems because of the intense weather conditions during the winter season. If you’re not planning to relocate, there are things that you can do to cut the costs on renovation projects. Before you talk to a Portland restoration company, here are some of the useful tips that you can use to save money on major or minor house repairs.

  • Size Doesn’t Always Matter

Creating more space in a room or kitchen in the house with a major renovation project will definitely cost more than just reorganizing furniture and appliances. If you have a growing family and it seems that the space is so little caused by unnecessary clutter, the best way to create more space without spending a lot of money is to increase the room’s efficiency. This way, you won’t have to demolish walls and spend more on materials to rebuild the entire room.

To do this, you’ll have to look at the room first, and take note of the things that use too much space. Cabinets, for example, are common elements in rooms that take a lot of space. Instead of having space-hogging fixtures, go for efficient ones that are smaller but can contain more things. Pull out trays are great space-savers, but still efficient for storage purposes.

  • Recycle!

Recycled materials are great because they’re cheap. One the other hand, you must be wary of using slightly used building materials and fixtures since you’re not assured whether they’ll still function without any problems. If you’re working with a contractor, the work done will not be guaranteed as well since materials are salvaged from demolished properties. Doors, sinks, and windows are some of the materials that you can use from demolished properties.

On the other hand, doors that have been damaged because of water are useless since they absorb water and expand through time. You’ll need to check whether the recycled material is still durable and will last for a long time. You can also ask your contractor if there are some scrap materials available from previous projects. You might be able to get these materials for free, or cheaper than brand new ones.

  • Save Time and Money

Saving time in renovation project means lesser cost. Buying pre-fabricated materials, for example, will definitely reduce labor and material costs since you don’t have to get someone working on the paintjob for a longer time, and buy more paint for the room you want to renovate. Pre-fabricated wall finishes, skirting, and decking boards might cost more in construction supply shops, but these materials will save you time and money.

  • Major and Minor Renovations

Sometimes, starting from scratch is the only way to save money from renovations. If you have a house with a damaged foundation, would you have a major or minor renovation? Before you make decisions, try to weigh everything first. This way, you won’t have to regret it in the long run.

If you’re looking for a contractor, don’t rush it up. Contact a renovation company after the peak demand for contractors subsides. You’ll be able to get better estimates if the contractor doesn’t have a lot of clients competing with prices.

  • Renovation that doesn’t Need Other Professional Skills

So, you’ve decided to have you kitchen renovated, but you’re on a tight budget. If you can’t afford to hire a professional electrician or plumber for the renovation, don’t touch the range, HVAC, or lighting fixtures in the renovation project. You’ll have to work with a floor plan that doesn’t include the renovation of these systems.

While this can save you a lot of money in the process, it’s not a practical decision if electrical or plumbing systems are already damaged. Ignoring these things poses risks of fire and accidents that will definitely cost a lot of money in the future. Have everything inspected before you start the renovation. This is very important especially if you’re going to apply for building permits.

  • DIY Projects

Do-it-yourself projects are great since they are money-savers and they give a feeling of satisfaction. If you have decent skills in carpentry and repairs, handling minor renovation projects is the best thing you can do. Of course, aside from the skills, you will also need the right tools for the DIY project. Here are some of the questions that you should answer first before you decide to do repairs on your own.

  • Do you have the time to do the renovation?
  • Do you have the skills?
  • Do you have the right tools?
  • Do you know how to follow repair instructions?
  • Are you sure that you can finish the project properly?

A DIY project means that you will need to shop for materials on your own too. Visit local construction material stores and take note of the prices of the materials you need. You have to understand that cheap is not always good. It’s best to find a material that will stand the test of time. This way, you won’t have to do repairs repeatedly and spend more time and money.

  • Hiring a Contractor

If you’re faced with a major renovation project, you’ll need to hire the best contractor for it. Flooded houses, for example, are properly repaired by people who have the experience on repairing materials damaged by flood. If the contractor you hired doesn’t have the experience, repairs might be done poorly.

Hiring a contractor is easy, but getting the right one is a different story. Instead of talking to one recommended by your friend, you might want to check out other contractors who can give better prices. If the contractor is working with a construction supply shop, have the contractor get better prices by making better deals from the materials that will be used on your renovation project.

Before you hire the contractor, make sure that you get license numbers and certifications. You will need these things to avoid getting ripped off by fly-by-night contractors. These things will also assure you of the job getting done on schedule, and on budget.

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