Home Planning & Renovations

Manhattan Home Improvement

By Tiffany Smolick


Suggestions for Affordable Home Improvement

July 27, 2011

To maintain the value of their homes, owners need to invest periodically in upgrading their home by painting, performing electrical and plumbing improvements, laying new roofs when needed and other forms of enhancements. However, purchasing items to complete these tasks yourself or hiring a contractor to do the job can be expensive, especially if you have never attempted this kind of job. Being aware ahead of time of strategies that can decrease the cost of your home improvement concern will expedite your purchases and lessen the strain on your budget as well.

Think Ahead
Ask yourself whether your home improvement plan is something that will still satisfy you in the next five to ten years. Seeing a home decor scheme in a magazine that you adore and immediately purchasing the necessary items to make your house look like this may result in regretting what you did a year or two later simply because it is not practical or now doesn’t seem as attractive as it once did to you. Changing this improvement will now cost you more money, especially with the way prices continue to rise. So before plunging ahead, think about the structural, aesthetic and practical aspects of your remodeling plans and focus on what will continue to look timeless and classy in the following years.

Do a Little At a Time
Although it would be nice to improve your home all at once, financially it isn’t feasible for most of us. Besides being less costly, implementing a one-room-at-a time approach is less disturbing to the household and prevents you from feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work that must be done. Remodeling several rooms at a time might frustrate you so much that you avoid working on it, causing the job to take twice as much as time as it should. Remodeling one room at a time also provides you with the time to think about how you want to renovate other areas of your home.

Borrow When You Can
Instead of purchasing tools, borrow tools from friends and family. Also, ask them if they could spare the time to help you. In exchange for their help, assist them whenever they need help with their own remodeling jobs. Provide lunch and snacks for your helpers as well. Sometimes home remodeling tasks develop into enjoyable times spent with family and friends.

Purchasing Home Improvement Products
To save on buying what you need to complete your home improvement project, check New York City and Manhattan newspaper ads for the lowest prices and discounts. Take the time to research online concerning items such as lighting fixtures, toilets, vanities and countertops. Online companies selling home improvement products may offer better prices since they are predominantly wholesale businesses. Just make sure you are dealing with an established and reputable company.

Accurate Measurements
Take measurements once, then take them again before purchasing materials. Inaccurate measurements, especially when they are insufficient, will cost you more money than originally implemented in your budget. In addition, the inconvenience of having to re-measure is an unnecessary time-waster. If you are not sure of your measurements, ask someone to re-take them for you. Planning ahead for your home improvement job will also galvanize you with anticipation concerning the end result of your project.