You know that improving your home increases its value and allows you to enjoy living in it. But with your regular bills, vacations you’re saving for, and unexpected expenses that always come up, it’s so hard to find room in the budget for home improvement projects. That’s why home improvement deals are so valuable.
Whether you’re doing a huge remodel or a small home improvement project like a kitchen or bath remodel, saving money on the materials or labor will go a long way in helping you to get the home you’re dreaming of. Read on for five ways to find great deals for your home improvement projects.
1. Shop Local
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Your local hardware or remodeling store may be the right place to hunt for bargains. That’s because independent retailers have more freedom to issue discounts than the bigger corporations. National chains have set prices, and employees often can’t go below what corporate has dictated. If you’re making a large purchase, respectfully ask the manager for a discount of 10 to 15%. The worst that could happen is you get turned down, but if the manager is willing to negotiate, you’ve just saved yourself some money!
2. Buy It All in One Place
If you’re doing a big remodel, you may be able to score a package discount if you decide to buy all your materials and tools in one place. The retailer will recognize you’re going to bring in a large sale for them and may be willing to give you a discount, free delivery, or something else if you choose to buy everything from them.
Just do your math. If you can still get a better deal by shopping discounts in different stores, go for that.
3. Use an RSS Feed to Find Deals Online
You know there are plenty of coupons and discounts online. The problem is finding them. Sometimes a discount is only good for a short time period, and by the time you stumble on it in a search, you’ve missed your window. Sometimes you just don’t know what to look for.
Subscribing to an RSS feed that lists online deals will keep you in the loop in real time. You won’t have to spend hours searching for the right keywords; your RSS feed reader will deliver the discounts to you in an easy-to-read format. Some RSS feeds you may consider following during your remodel:
4. Shop Resale Stores
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Resale stores, like Habitat for Humanity ReStores, offer new and used items at a discounted rate because builders and designers donate their surplus for a tax donation. The general public gets to reap the benefit of beautiful materials at a cut rate.
5. Ask for Leftovers
You can also try to find discounted materials by asking contractors directly if you can buy their leftover materials. Or go online to Craigslist (which can also be added to your RSS feed), eBay, or Freecycle to find cheap or free items.
Have a neighbor who’s doing a remodeling project? Ask for the leftovers. It might be that the leftover tile from their kitchen project is just the right amount for your bathroom project.
Keep your eyes and mind open for deals, and you’ll be able to complete your remodeling project for a fraction of the big box retailer’s price.