5 Ways to Make Major Renovations More Cost Effective

5 Ways to Make Major Renovations More Cost Effective
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    Home improvement renovations add to property value and increase satisfaction, but they can be time consuming and costly.


There is also the matter of determining whether or not access to materials, availability of time, and level of skill makes each project best suited as a do it yourself endeavor, or as a professional hire occasion. Read on for some practical tips about gainful yet money saving home upgrades.


The kitchen is a great place to invest time and money. However, kitchen facelifts can become costly quickly. If you want to freshen up the look of your kitchen, consider refacing rather than replacing your cabinets. Since cabinet refacing doesn’t change your kitchen layout, you can avoid a lengthy and costly project time frame. Cabinets can be updated with decorative trim, new hardware, and quality painted cabinet door surfaces. Home improvement stores generally have consultants that specialize in this type of project, or if you feel comfortable with a tape measure, stains, paints, and basic tools such as hammers, nails, and drills, you can tackle the project on your own.


In addition to the kitchen, another top priority for home projects is the bathroom. If the bathroom needs an updated look, but your budget is small, focus on repainting walls, adding new hardware, replacing faded or mildewed caulking with clean and crisp new white caulking, and investing in a new set of coordinated towels and accessories. This type of upgrade is generally a do it yourself project as long as you feel comfortable with a utility knife and caulking gun.

New Windows and Doors

When choosing new exterior doors and windows, remember to focus on not only curb appeal, but also on energy efficiency to double the impact of your investment. Installing replacement windows is generally a simple and quick job involving basic tools. The most important part of the process is to precisely measure the window space to ensure maximum efficiency and fit.


Adding a deck is an enjoyable yet cost effective home upgrade. Decks add additional entertaining space at a fraction of the cost of adding an additional room onto the house. Choose pressure treated wood to extend the enjoyment and longevity of your purchase. Contractors can buy in bulk and at wholesale prices, so depending on the labor costs, you may find hiring a contractor to be the most cost effective option. If you feel confident with your carpentry skills, you will save a lot of labor costs installing a deck on your own. Consider purchasing lumber from a store with a best price guarantee. Decks can also be further upgraded in the future with gazebos and other add on features.


Replacing and repairing a roof is a large scale project, but a worthwhile one since roofs protect your family from the elements and also defend the interior of your home. Skill level in addition to balance and ease with heights are important factors to consider in any roofing project. If hiring a professional, gather bids from several contractors to obtain the best quote. Keep in mind that a professional roofing company, like United Roofing, will also deal with debris and other cleanup related to a project of this scale.

Home improvements are satisfying projects but they easily become a giant black hole in your wallet. Knowing your budget and practical ways to stretch it is key to making your home enhancement dreams become a reality.



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