The 4 Best Ways to Stretch Your Home Improvement Budget

When planning your home improvement project, there are several ways to make sure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

For starters, using upcycled or recycled materials, shopping ‘scratch and dent’ inventory, or even thrifting for materials are some of the more popular ways to maximize your budget.

You may even be tempted to cut corners like purchasing disposable supplies, using a “friend-of-a-friend” with less than ideal experience to complete the work, or even using “creative engineering” with household items like duct tape (which we don’t recommend).

At DWS Building Supply, we’ve heard and seen it all, and we’ve come up with four tips to stretch your home improvement budget even further.

Tip 1: Don’t Be Afraid To DIY!

It may be tempting to outsource your project for the sake of saving yourself time and trouble. However, hiring outside help isn’t always necessary, and you can save yourself a good chunk of change by doing it yourself.

Take your time, do plenty of research and be sure to rely on the professional recommendations from the employees of your local building materials or home improvement store. If there is ever any doubt, get a second (or third, or fourth…) opinion.

Tip 2: Try Before You Buy

Before committing to a fixture or product, you need to see it in your space before making a final judgement. Things like lighting and placement can make a HUGE difference on whether it’s the right addition to your project.

Sampling products like paint, tiles, flooring, or even hardware before you commit to a full order is a great way to make sure that you aren’t wasting money. You can typically find sample swatches of your preferred product colors and styles at your local building supply store to test.

If you’re shopping for paint, a great way to take sampling one step further is to purchase sample pints, like these Benjamin Moore Premium Paint Sample Pints from DWS Building Supply, to swatch one or more of the walls in the area you intend to paint. Doing this is inexpensive, gives you the ability to see exactly how the light will affect the final look of your project, and can make a big impact on your decision.

Tip 3: Quality Materials Matter!

Don’t fall in to the all-too-common trap of choosing the lowest priced tool over the trusted durability of one that may cost slightly more up front.

Although it may seem counter-intuitive to spend more on the tools you intend to use for your project now, you will save yourself time, money, and hassle down the line. If you invest in reliable, quality products that are made to last, and you follow the recommended care, they will last you for many projects to come; reducing or even eliminating the need to purchase new tools for your next project!

Tip 4: Shop the Sales!

You’ve done the research, selected the best products and tools for your project, and now it’s time to shop!

It may be tempting to run out and stock up as soon as you’ve settled on the details of your project, but if you have the patience and the time, it really pays off to shop the sales. Pay attention to your local store’s social media, email and flyers to see when their materials go one sale. Planning your purchases strategically, not only saves money, but also spreads out the cost of your project over time, making it easier to manage.

There are so many ways to make your home improvement project easier on your wallet, and we are happy to make any recommendations that we can to help your project go smoothly. Stop into any of our three convenient DWS Building Supply locations for quality building materials and a knowledgeable staff that can answer any questions that you may have.

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