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Home: Renovations



Save money on home renovations you cannot do yourself by hiring a handyman to do them instead of a contractor.  Some handymen have a lot of skills, and are very good at what they do.  If you can find a good one, it will be more thrift friendly to hire them to do your work as opposed to someone who advertises as a contractor. 


Be sure to check out their references, their work, and make sure they are licenses and bonded. These handymen keep busy, and you usually find them because they have done work for your neighbors.


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Frugal footnotes:

Here are some more frugal tips to save money on home renovations.


- If possible, live in a house for at least a year before deciding on a home renovation.  It can take time to figure out what works best for your lifestyle or to come up with good ideas.
- Choose your renovations carefully.  Home renovation is expensive, and you can't have everything.
- If you are planning on selling your home in the future, kitchen and bath renovations will raise the price of your home the most.
- Taking down walls to make open concept floor plans is popular with families at the present time.
- Never pay a contractor or handyman in full until the work is done.
- Always make sure your contractor has experience in the work you want done.
- Ask for references, and check them out.
- Set a budget, and put in a "contingency" for the unexpected. Few projects stay on budget.
- Don't make your renovation too "taste specific" or it may be hard to sell your home someday.








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