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Perhaps you are considering a home renovation in South Etobicoke in order to add value, or maybe improved functionality is your sole intent. Regardless of your reason, most of us want to accomplish the task as economically as possible. Here are some ways to make that happen.

Know your budget

Before you fall in love with designer tile for the backsplash or custom cabinetry, make sure it fits in your budget. Changes to finishes can delay your project and cost you additional money in rush orders or extended time out of your home if you aren’t staying there during the remodel.

Have a plan

A bathroom remodel may range from simple updates in paint, cabinetry and tile to a new layout and knocked down walls. If your contractor begins installing the flooring and then finds out you want the shower on the opposite side of the room, work must be paused and redone, which will likely result in a loss in materials and time and cost you more money. If you are planning to change the room layout, avoid moving the toilet. It is attached to the main water stack, which will require more expensive plumbing work.

Complete work that you are able to handle

While you may not be handy, perhaps you are capable of completing some of the prep work like removal of carpet, tile and cabinets. This can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars depending on the scope and size of your project. Know your limits though. Don’t attempt to remove a large bathroom mirror alone or without proper materials as a mishap could lead to serious injury.

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Leave technical work to the pros

While you may be well qualified and physically able to handle the demolition phase, don’t attempt to complete work that requires a license and inspection. Incorrect wiring or plumbing may cause your project to not pass a home inspection and require rework, which can result in budget overages and project delays. Worse yet, home damage that occurs as a result of faulty workmanship may have an impact on possible insurance claims.

Take advantage of open walls

If you’ve demolished to the studs, take the time to add extra insulation. This requires little effort and a small cost, but can provide long-term savings in energy bills as well as additional comfort.

Search for imitations

So, you’ve fallen in love with the designer light fixture, but it has a hefty price tag. Look for designer look-alikes. There are companies that specialize in reproductions, but make sure you are purchasing from a reputable source with quality finishes and workmanship.

Consider design choices

While your remodel is ultimately for you, resale should remain a thought. Paint is easily changed by the next owner, but structural changes are not very flexible. Additionally, while quartz and granite cost more, they will likely be more appealing for future buyers than laminate counter tops.

Ask about financing

Special financing rates may make your dream remodel possible without breaking your budget. And, it’s possible that your remodel will add enough equity in your home to recoup the project expenses as well as the financing. The pros at Alair Homes South Etobicoke can provide information on options.