About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.
Are you about to start a home renovation project? Are you trying to save money on fixing up your house? Here are some ideas to help you stay within your budget:
Rent tools instead of purchasing them: Some jobs require a specific tool that you may never use again. Although you may have already considered renting gardening equipment, like a rototiller, you may not know that your local hardware store could have a lot more to offer. You may be able to rent things like a cement mixer, welding supplies for a plumbing job, or even just a saw that you don't already own. If your favorite hardware store doesn't offer these types of rentals, check other hardware and building supply stores in the area.
Trade tools with your neighbors: If you can't find a place to rent a tool like a wheelbarrow, don't be discouraged. Find out if your neighbors will be doing any projects similar to yours in the near future. Instead of each of you buying your own set of tools, divide the list of required tools in half. If you can find three or four neighbors that will be doing the project, you can divide the list into thirds or fourths instead. By doing this, you'll be able to buy the tools on your list and know that the rest of the tools will be available when you need to use them.
Don't buy the cheapest tools: When shopping for tools, don't automatically assume that the one with the lowest price is going to be the best bargain. The lowest priced tools are often made with correspondingly cheaper and less reliable materials. This may be okay for something like a hammer, but cheaper materials in a saw may mean that the blade breaks or wears out after just a few uses. However, you don't necessarily need to buy the most expensive tools you can find, either. Instead of the least expensive tools, consider purchasing the second or third cheapest tools. Tools in this range should be a good compromise between reliability and being budget-friendly.
Research resale value: Before purchasing any tools, try to research their resale value in your area. Some brands of tools may sell well, while others sell poorly. For example, if you have one drill that you can buy new for $50 and sell used for $45, that's going to be a better purchase in the long run than a drill you spend $20 on and can sell for $5. By selling your tools after you're done with them, it'll be almost like renting them in the first place.
Companies like Bourget Bros Building Materials can provide you with more options for getting the tools you need, whether you rent or buy what you need.Share
23 May 2015