Spring has officially … well, sprung. And while this new season means many things to many people, there is one thing most people agree upon: The spring season means spring home improvements.
Whether you’re planning a big project this year or a smaller project to address a nagging need you’ve been suffering all winter, your spring home improvement project will be a lot more enjoyable if you can cut the expenses tied to it.
To do that, the following tips should help you save money on your next project no matter what it entails.
Plan your project out ahead of time.
Thoroughly understanding your project before you begin will not only make it easier to budget for the materials you’ll need, it will save you from having to make costly corrections later on. Whether you consult an online resource or your local home goods store, get your questions answered as you plan.
DIY when possible and only when possible.
Doing pieces of a project yourself can save you money, but even more important is knowing what you can’t do yourself. Undertaking a project that you can't handle will lead to an unsatisfying result and may cause you to have to hire a professional after you’ve already wasted money and time. Save yourself the headache and leave the tasks outside of your skill set to the pros.
Set your budget beforehand.
Many projects that spiral out of control financially do so because of late add-on expenses that weren’t planned for (see tip one), and that leads to a surprising bill at project's end. To save money, set your budget ahead of time and keep that money on a prepaid card. Use this card as the base for your project. When the money is gone, it’s gone, so use it wisely.
If you do use a professional contractor to help you tackle your spring home improvement project, be sure to buy the materials for your project yourself. Many contractors add a surcharge to the materials they buy for you, and buying these materials yourself will allow you to dodge this expense and also better control your material costs.
Rent when necessary.
If your project requires a heavy-duty or specialty tool that you may never use again once the project is done, rent the tool instead of buying it. You’ll save money on the initial purchase, and once the project is complete, you won’t have to worry about this no-longer-necessary tool taking up space in your newly improved home.
Home improvement projects are a rite of spring, but saving money on them? That’s a project in its own right. But don’t lose focus on just how important saving money here can be. The more money you can save on your spring home improvement project, the more money you’ll have to enjoy the season.