Sometimes it is more feasible to fully remodel the home you are in than to buy a new home. Major renovations are not easy, and they are not cheap. However, if you work with a good remodeling company, they'll make sure the process goes smoothly. And if you follow the tips below, you can keep costs under better control.
Avoid additions, if possible.
Unless you absolutely need more square footage, try to avoid adding on to the home. Instead, find ways to better use the space that you have. Even if that means moving some walls or taking some walls down, it will cost less than adding on. When you add on, you have to have a larger foundation dug, and you have to have a roof put on the new addition. Those elements are some of the most costly in the construction industry.
Recycle any metal that you can.
Most recycling centers will pay you for metal. So, if there is any metal that is freed up when you do the demolition, take it to a recycling center to get money from it. This applies to copper pipes, stainless steel appliances, and even some metal window frames or door frames. When in doubt, take it to the recycling center; they'll just throw it away if it is not something they can pay you for. Put the money you do earn back into your remodeling efforts.
Be open to hiring multiple contractors.
It is often most convenient to hire one company to do the entire remodel. However, if there are parts of the remodel that your primary company is charging a lot for, you can always get other quotes and hire separately for those aspects. For example, you may want to hire a separate company that can replace your windows for less than your general contractor. Or, it may be worth hiring an outside company to handle the painting at the end.
Do your own demolition.
You probably want to rely on pros to put up walls, hang drywall, install cabinets, and so forth. However, you can do your own demolition without too much trouble. You really can't make any big mistakes when doing demolition since the goal is to tear things apart. Just coordinate with your contractor before you start tearing into any walls.
If you follow the tips above, you can keep the costs of a major home renovation under closer control. For more information on renovations, contact a company near you.Share