If you love do-it-yourself (DIY) projects and always have a room or two under construction, you already know how expensive it can get. While you can save a bundle of money doing the job yourself, it still costs a lot for the materials and tools required to properly do the renovation work. If you’re planning your next big project but are short of cash, here are some tips to help you save your way to a newly remodeled room!
Make a detailed list. Itemize everything you need for a project, so you don’t come up short when it’s time to buy the materials. For example, if you plan to lay laminate flooring you should add the cost of underlayment, spacers, transition pieces, rental tools, and all other necessary items to your buying list. You can utilize DIY videos and tutorials to make sure your material list is complete.
Buy on sale. Give yourself enough time in the planning states to take advantage of sales, so you won’t have to pay full retail price for the materials you need to complete your project. If you’re short on time check around at several stores to see if one has a price advantage on some of the items you need.
Look online. Sometimes stores offer an online only pricing special, and you can buy online and pick up the item at your local store. Likewise, many stores offer online coupons and discounts you can apply when you check out.
Check for used material. Garage sales, online sites, and resale shops often have materials for a fraction of their original retail price. Look online, check your local classified, and keep an eye out for garage sales when you’re out and about. You never know when someone is getting rid of the very things you plan to buy!
Buy in stages. If you can’t afford all the material consider buying it in stages. Keep in mind some things such as flooring tile and wood may have dye lots or manufacture lots, so if you’re not sure ask a clerk whether it’s okay to buy part of your materials in separate trips.