*This is a sponsored post with Saw Trax, all opinions are my own*
Home renovation can be expensive…. this is probably not news to most. Depending on the size of your project or how many projects there are your budget may vary. In todays post I am going to share a few things to consider before jumping into a renovation project.
What needs to get done? Budget? Timeline?
Start by doing an evaluation of your home… what needs to get done? Are there any projects that hold significant importance? What I mean by that is… any current home hazards that need to be addresses immediately. For Justin and I when we first moved in our home needed to add a radon system and replace a cracked bathtub. Those were items that needed to be addressed immediately upon buying our home – so they were first on the list for us!
Next, lets look at your budget and timeline. The most important thing to remember is that all your home projects do not need to happen overnight, this month or even this year. Pick a project a month or a project a year, whatever works for you!
What can you do yourself? Or have done professionally?
Not everything can be done yourself… plumbing, electrical, structure etc. Many think that all projects can be done yourself but unfortunately this may cause a bigger issue. Which then leads to bringing in a professional and will end up costing more money. Shop around for prices on the projects that you need to get done, get quality recommendations from friends, and include these types of expenses in your budget.
For simple home projects, there are lots of tutorials, books, and classes that can help. Sometimes you can even find a class at your local Home Depot or Lowes.
Big projects may require some heavy lifting. When it comes to heavy lifting it’s important to invest in high quality items. Saw Trax is an Atlanta, Georgia based company has been in business since 1988 and focusing on selling quality work equipment.
Their door dolly is equipment to carry up to 800 pounds of weight, which takes the heavy lifting of home renovations off your back!
Buying Items Second-Hand
No, unfortunately you will not find most of the construction items you need at your local thrift store. However, you may find some items at your local Home Deport or Lowes. Here is a little secret… people return paint and you can buy it for half the price! It’s a hit or a miss but most days, but look often! You may find paint for a bathroom or small bedroom.
Search around online, for example: Facebook marketplace. I have found unopened boxes of subway tile and other various items. Some people buy too much for a project so you can often buy it from them for a discounted price.
Look online for a local Habit for Humanity store… or restore as they call it!
“Habitat ReStores are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price.
Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world — a good deal for you, your community and the environment.”