We all want to save money, and many times our quest to save a few dollars alters our decision-making process. It’s amazing how the shine of a couple of nickels and dimes will make us lose our common sense. When you build or remodel a home, there are countless numbers of buying and construction decisions that must be made which will last, in some cases, the lifetime of the home. If every decision you make starts first and last with the almighty dollar then plan for disappointment in the end product.
When I first started in the building supply business 35 years ago, one of my first great customers was a wonderful Catholic pipefitter who had nine children. As you can imagine, money was tight in a family that size. The main reason I remember this customer so vividly is that every time he entered the lumberyard he would ask, “What deals do you have today?” He understood that it was not uncommon for builders and homeowners to make mistakes when ordering doors, windows, and building supplies. Many times, these products would end up in the bargain bins of the store. It took several years, but this customer eventually built a beautiful home that housed his wonderful family for about a third of the cost of a new home.
No matter if you’re a first-time DIYer or a home-improvement superstar, there are always things to consider before jumping into a new project. Whether you’re wanting to replace your roof, install a new window or anything in between, try using these five tips before you get started to ensure your project goes smoothly and stress-free.