Since becoming debt free, one of big family celebrations was to redo our 40 year old kitchen. Our kitchen was very outdated with a classy green oven and salmon counter tops. We were ready for an upgrade! We spent many months planning our remodel as we saved up the cash to complete the project. We learned a lot of tricks along the way that I thought I would share with you:
- Use any resources that you already have. One of our biggest savers was painting our cabinets rather than replacing them. The cabinets are almost 40 years old so they needed a lot of prep work. However, they turned out great! We were also blessed to have my father and my husband do a big chuck of the work. They removed a wall, did our electrical and painted our cabinets. This saved us thousands of dollars on labor.
- Coupon! We ordered 10% off Lowe’s coupons off of Ebay. You can use these coupons at Home Depot or Lowe’s for almost anything (including cabinets and countertop orders). We called a regional store that had better prices than Home Depot and Lowe’s and found out that we could use our 10% off coupons there as well. Using the 10% off coupons saved money on every purchase whether it was large or small.
- Shop around. When shopping for appliances, we found that every store ran different rebate promotions. By going to several different stores, we found the store with the best rebate offer for the set that we were looking for. In addition, we saved even more by buying a floor model refrigerator that had a dent on its side. Also, we subscribed to Angie’s List to help us find the best stores and services. We found a great, inexpensive granite company through Angie’s List. We also avoided several companies after reading about reviewer’s poor experiences with them.
- Pay in cash. We lived with a very ugly kitchen for years while we paid off debt first. Then we were able to save up the money for our remodel ahead of time. This saved us interest payments and also gave us peace of mind!
How have you saved on home remodeling projects?