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A substantial home remodel can weigh heavily on your budget. That’s why it’s important to assess where you can minimize the costs. There will always be additional expenses when you decide to make changes, but that doesn’t mean you have to go broke. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your home improvement projects within acceptable limits.

Repaint, don’t renovate

Some structures in your home don’t need to be replaced in order to pull off a remodel. You can simplify the process by repainting a section instead of removing it and building something new in its place. This is a great approach for old brick walls that can be a hassle to remove, for example. It also works for when you’re not too keen on replacing good wood panels, which can be expensive.

Hiring professionals

There are many home remodeling projects that are best left to experienced hands. This is especially so when you’re not sure how to go about something, or you’re not too confident about pulling off your remodeling idea. Whether it’s a skill issue or an execution conundrum, don’t fret—you can always hire professionals to do the job.

While that route might seem expensive at first, rather think of it as a way to make sure the job is done right, first time. Small mistakes can add up. Bigger mistakes can set you back in a major way in terms of funding and price. Plus, using pros leaves you with lots of time on your hands, because you’re not working on the renovations yourself. You can always work on other aspects later on, such as finishing or decorating.

Focus on less-used areas

If there are rooms in your home that aren’t used a lot, it might be time to rethink their purpose. Giving areas new functionality will help you revitalize them and, in turn, maximize your home space. There will also be less disruption once you start the project. In addition, you save money by utilizing existing space that was underused instead of creating more. Speaking of which…

Look towards making spaces more efficient

You might look at a cramped area and think you need to make more space. Before you start tearing down walls, think of how you can retrofit a space and its contents to improve efficiency. Kitchens are great examples for this principle. It can cost you double or triple to expand the kitchen instead of just installing more space-efficient cabinets or shelves.

Consider cheaper alternatives

Materials can easily hog a good chunk of your budget, especially if you want the best of the best. However, you can save a considerable amount if you know what alternatives to look for. You don’t have to go the mahogany route if you can find solid alternatives that work nearly as well.

The same goes for brand names for your furniture and fixtures. There are so many choices that offer a comparable level of aesthetics and quality. Make sure to do your due diligence to find the best options possible.

There are plenty of ways to save money while you remodel your beloved home. While sparing no expense is great, holding on to hard-earned money where you can, will serve you well going forward. You can use what you save for future remodeling projects, or for other things that matter to you.