• Remodeling Tip # 1

    The best way to decrease the cost of your remodeling project is through product choices. Check around to determine whether you can achieve a similar look with a less expensive product and materials.

  • Remodeling Tip # 2

    Always pay attention to how labor intensive some design features may be, for example laying ceramic tile on kitchen countertops and the backsplash.

  • Remodeling Tip # 3

    Do not forget to compare products and their prices carefully before you make final decisions. And keep an open mind when you discuss product and design ideas with your contractor.

  • Remodeling Tip # 4

    Make your decisions based on value and quality, not just price.

  • Remodeling Tip # 5

    Save your money by planning. Go through the design process first and choose everything you want to include in the new room(s), from appliances to light fixtures, etc. This will define your budget and prevent hasty decisions later in the project. Be sure to include all your product and material selections in the contract to avoid confusion and unnecessary change orders. Include the model, size, color, and other specifications. It is also wise to save 15-25 percent of your budget to allow for items added to the scope of work.

  • Remodeling Tip # 6

    Think about staging the work being done to minimize the initial financial impact. It is often easier to create a more manageable budget by starting small and adding to the project at a later date. This will break the work into several jobs instead of one large project. The downside of staging a remodel is that you may end up paying more in the long run.

  • Remodeling Tip # 7

    If all the room needs is a facelift, make the most of the changes with paint, as opposed to structural changes. Changing the color of a room can revitalize it. This is the easiest way to bring life to a room on a budget.

  • Remodeling Tip # 8

    Attempt to keep windows in their existing places during a remodeling project. Moving windows is not a cost-saving endeavor.

  • Remodeling Tip # 9

    Beams, footers, headers etc. - these are the unglamorous and often hidden parts of a home that are critical to its long-term stability and safety. Don't take chances with structural components. Everything should be drawn or approved by an engineer, whose specifications should be followed to the letter.

  • Remodeling Tip # 10

    Poor wiring can be a safety hazard - just because you were able to wire something up and it worked, doesn't mean you haven't created a safety hazard. If you aren't confident you know to perform the needed work and assess the implications of your work on the rest of the circuit and panel, call in a professional.

  • Remodeling Tip # 11

    Even if you have the skills to complete the project, professional carpenters will have the tools and experience to get the job done quickly. If you are trying to complete the project on a part-time basis, remember to factor in setup and cleanup time. Working a full day is often much more efficient than an hour here and there.