If we stay in a place long enough, sooner or later we want to renovate. When you reach this stage, here are three ways to save:
1. Do only the work you are skilled enough to handle. Trying to do a job you are not qualified for can end up costing twice as much, especially if you have to hire a contractor afterwards.
2. When buying supplies, beware of high-markup items. Some stores will lure you in with a great price on lumber, only to overcharge you for detail materials, such as nails or additional tools.
3. Pay attention to seasonal prices. Look for sales on outdoor project materials in the warmer seasons and on indoor project materials during the cooler months. Plan your work schedules around the bargains.
With a little forethought, you can substantially reduce your repair or renovation costs, which will enhance your ultimate satisfaction with the end results.