No one wants to cut corners when it comes to home improvement projects (except your contractor, maybe), but what if there was a trick to saving money on repairs without having to sacrifice quality?It’s a DIY dream and, as it happens, there are more than a few ways you can trim costs while you make impressive home upgrades. Here are our first four tips:1. Materials substitutions are not always a sacrifice.
Pine that’s stained to look like oak is not oak, but if you’re using it in a place that doesn’t require the durability and feel of oak then you’re making a smart substitution that can save you money.The same goes for other expensive materials. Always consider how much exposure the material will have and ask a professional about common substitutions before springing for the luxury option.2. New is not always better.
This is a common-sense fact, but the trick is in knowing that, at any given time, someone is throwing out or selling exactly what you need for that next DIY project – and you can probably find it on the Internet right now.It really just boils down to a matter of time and convenience, which brings us to the next tip …3. Give yourself time to save money.
“Now” is always more expensive than “later.” You’ll save more money if you plan your projects further out and shop for deals along the way.The hard part is deciding when to start the project, or when to give up on finding that one deal that will bring it all together. But, it’s arguably more important to avoid pressuring yourself into making a quick decision when dollars are on the line.4. Use online resources to your advantage.
Online interior design consultants like Decorist.com
and online professional service sourcing sites like Porch.com
are great tools to consider instead of hiring a contractor.Tune in tomorrow for four more tips that can help you save money on your next home improvement or DIY project.