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Three hints for affordable home improvements [Video]

Posted on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 5:25:20 PM

Home improvement projects can be expensive, and it is certainly best to take advantage of every chance you get to cut the cost even a little bit. 

For example, a cabinet refacing can cost $7,000 or more, according to HouseLogic. And replacing them with semi-custom cabinets can run around $8,000 while a totally custom product can require you pay twice that or more! However, if you're smart about the materials you use and when you schedule the project, among other things, you can save plenty. 

For example, make sure you have a contractor come in when they aren't in high-demand, according to About Magazine, an Ohio-based publication. Starting with Christmas and running through spring, you can typically find some pretty good deals on a contractor. 

Also, don't go for the most expensive materials or products on the market. A cabinet refacing with a cheaper material can save you thousands of dollars. For example, a laminate refacing will run between $1,000 and $3,000 for your average 10-foot by 12-foot kitchen, HouseLogic explained. Going with the more affordable material often goes a long way in cutting the cost of the overall project.

Finally, always be on the look out for energy-efficient home improvement projects that can earn you tax credits and reduce your monthly utilities bills. These sort of changes will help you save a substantial amount in the long run.