So you’ve decided to take on a home improvement project. Your kitchen cabinets are from the ’70s and need an upgrade. Your dishwasher stopped working. Your carpeting is maroon and covered with paint. Whatever the reason, I’m sure you’ll appreciate some tips and ways you can fund your home improvement project without spending a fortune.
1. Scour garage sales and Craigslist. Some people post items they are getting rid of for free on Craigslist. Sometimes they’ll have appliances that just need a tweak or two to get back running or they bought a new one and no longer need the old one. You can find great deals on secondhand products. You can find items under household, appliances, or materials. With a quick glance this morning, I found wooden fence, bricks, and a hot tub for free! They just usually request that you’re able to pick up and haul the items yourself.
2. Search for a Habitat for Humanity Restore. This one is in Gurnee, IL. Individuals and contractors can donate used or new building materials which you can purchase at a great discount. They generally carry appliances, doors and windows, flooring, plumbing materials, cabinets, and more. This location sells new and used toilets starting at $25 each and 6-panel interior bifold doors for $10/pair! You can find the closest store near you here.
3. If you’re ordering carpet and flooring, check the clearance area for their discontinued products. You might also find carpet that someone ordered and was dyed the wrong color and the buyer no longer wants it. As long as there’s enough on the floor for the space you need, you can get it at a deep discount. The store generally wants to get rid of what they have to make room for new products.
4. If you’re shopping at a home improvement store, head to the back near the loading docks. Stores usually have a section for building supplies that were slightly damaged during transport or custom orders that ended up being cancelled. It’s worth looking through because you’ll be able to purchase these at a discount, too. And if you see something that’s going to be discontinued, be sure to ask a sales associate if they’re willing to negotiate on the price. Since stores want these products gone to make room for new ones, there’s a chance you’ll save some cash here, too.
Do you have other tips on how to find discounts on these supplies? I’d love to hear them. Please leave a comment or visit me online.