3 Ways to Cut your Remodeling Budget

Finding your perfect home can be tricky, especially if you have to stay within a limited budget.  However, with just a little remodeling and renovating, you may be able to get your dream home within your original budget.  Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too.  As the premier Brea realtor, I would like to share these 3 ways to help you save on your remodeling budget.

Leave the Sink, Tub and Toilet

Usually, the first renovation that many first time home buyers want is a full scale bathroom remodel.  This vision usually includes a whole new floor plan complete with new plumbing.  This vision can not only add costs to your renovation, it can also bring unforeseen problems down the road.  To save time, money, and problems, think about a bathroom renovation, but leave the plumbing where it is.  Add a new mirror, new shelving or even a new tub or sink, just don’t reconfigure the existing plumbing.

Work with What you Have

Before gutting an entire room, try to work with what you already have.  Sometimes, a costly renovation can be spared with just a little bit of vision and some foresight.  Great ways to save money, yet still get a whole new look in any room, include:

  • Repaint the room. Hire an interior designer to help pick some colors that may complement the room.  You may be pleasantly surprised with the results.
  • Change up the lighting. Replace or add to the already existing lighting in the room.  This can create ambiance and a degree of sophistication as well as make a room seem larger.
  • Consider adding accessories such as a rug. This may break up the room and give it a whole new look.
  • Refinish kitchen cabinets.
  • Repaint or re-gloss door frames and bedroom and other household doors.

Use Expensive Materials Sparingly

A great way to keep your renovation costs down is to use any expensive materials sparingly.  Use more affordable options where possible use more expensive materials in areas that will be main focal points.  Avoid namebrand materials if possible and make sure to purchase hardware such as drawers or cabinets and cupboards that are durable as they will be opened and closed thousands of times over their lifetime.

Here’s the deal:

Splurge on the high-end tiled kitchen backsplash and save by finding an aesthetically pleasing kitchen counter-top that isn’t granite or marble.

Each of these tips can help you save money on your household renovations and allow you to stay within your original budget.  If you would like any more information or tips on how you can cut renovation or remodeling costs or are interested in some of the new and exciting real estate options that are available in Brea, please contact me today.  I look forward to working with you soon.

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