Home Improvement Savings (The Frugalicious Show)

Home Improvement Savings (The Frugalicious Show)


[music] ERIN: Ok so today we’re talking about remodeling. Bitsy: yes, and a great site to check out
is Remodel Or Move.com Erin: I love it when it’s so logical. It makes
sense. Bitsy: Do I remodel, or move? It’s an easy
to navigate site that helps you break down all the costs and factors that
go into a remodel or a decision to move. They’ll also help you find a contractor
if you have questions you can call them for assistance, you can give
them what your project is and contractors will contact you. You can do it
however you want, Remodel or Move.com Erin: You know another resource we love is
Save On My Remodel.com They have hundreds of tips and a really really effective
calculator that can help you estimate the cost of your renovation. Seriously
check out these sites. Now let’s talk about the remodel itself and let’s
start small. Bitsy: Exactly, like paint. This one is a
no brainer, first of all, it’s relatively inexpensive, easy to do yourself,
of course if you have multiple rooms you might want to hire a pro, but probably
not. It’s just instant gratification. Who doesn’t love that? But
another thing, in addition to paint, is landscaping. There is a site called
HomeGain.com that says if you invest say $300-$400 in landscaping, it could
give you a return on your investment of like $1500 to $2000! Erin: Amazing! Bitsy: You can’t beat it! Erin: A popular trend right now is in kitchens,
and updating your backsplash and if you don’t want to make an
investment on permanent tile, try going to any of your home improvement
stores and finding the peel and stick kind. You can find it as low as $20
per square foot, and then if you want to make a change two or three years later
you won’t feel so bad about it! Bitsy: I love those guilt free aesthetic changes.
See be creative with your home improvements, small changes do go a long
way! Maybe add some accent lighting or refinish your cabinets, even just
replacing the handles on the drawers and the cupboards gives it a totally
new look. Erin: Yes let’s talk about cabinets, because
cabinets can often be a kitchen’s biggest expense when your’e doing
a remodel. If you want new cabinets, did you know you can save about
25% of the cost if you keep your cabinet box and you just put new doors and
hardware on. Bitsy: Refacing. Now one of my favorite ideas
for an inexpensive bathroom redo comes from one of our viewers. This is
from Mary who writes us from Tempe Arizona. Now Mary gave us this amazing
idea. You know what she did? She wanted a new vanity in her bathroom and
they can cost up to $1000! What she did was went to a flea market and for
$35 she bought an old dresser. You know one of those old looking victorian
dressers. She had a basin cut out, had the pipes put in, now she has this
awesome conversation piece! Erin: Unique, inexpensive way to add a classic
antique touch to your bathroom, we love it! Bitsy: Absolutely love that, so those are
just a few of the small ideas that you can use around the house to rejuvenate
the look of your home, but what about those big projects, like “total
kitchen renovation” Well stick around and we’re going to tell you how to
do it!

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