3 Ways to Save Money on Home Improvements
If you are like most of us, you are always looking for ways to cut costs and to save money when it comes to home repairs and home improvements. As a home owner or renter there are always unexpected expenses that can come up when you may be the least prepared financially. Even if you consider yourself a saver you don’t want to have to dig into your savings to pay for unexpected repairs to your bathroom or kitchen or any area in your home. Follow these simple tips to save money and to be prepared when you need to make home repairs.
Start A Home Repair Fund
You may have a savings fund or account where you put a certain amount of cash aside every month as a general savings. That is great if you have one but this savings will serve you better if it is broken into specific buckets for specific things. If you aren’t ready to revamp the way you save money you can simply put aside a smaller amount each month in addition to what you are already putting into your savings that is specifically dedicated to home improvements or repair.
Use Your Network
If you already have a list of go to people for home improvement, repairs, and maintenance you are well ahead of the game. If you find yourself scrambling to your computer every time you need to find a plumber near me, or find a repair man you might want to think about being a bit more proactive. Make a list of all the professionals in your area that have good reputations or that you have used in the past. You can create a hand-written list or a list on your computer, but just have the list ready so that you are working with the same individuals every time you have an issue or when you want to start a new project. This could save you money over time through preferred discounts, quicker response times to emergencies that you may have and more.
You always want to shop around and compare any quotes that you are given for repairs that you need or for home improvement projects that you are planning. You may not want to always go with the cheapest quote but you do want to compare to determine what price level is right for you and for the job that you need accomplished. If you are utilizing the network that you have you may be able to negotiate better rates since you are a repeat customer but if you are still working on building that network price and quote comparison is key to making the right decisions before you hire.
You can resort to going it alone if your home repair is a small-scale project or a quickfix that does not require the skills of a professional. Remember, taking on a project that is out of your scope of knowledge could cost you in larger scale repairs if you don’t know what you are getting yourself into.
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