Kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate. Saving money where you can and cutting costs on fixtures and fittings adds up at the end of a well-managed home renovation project.
1. Plan out your plumbing
Moving to plumb is expensive and time-consuming. A big money saver is keeping everything in the same spot. If possible try to keep everything – bath, shower, toilet, and sinks where it is. If there is something that has to
be repositioned, you should make it a minimal move.
Kitchen plumbing is generally less expensive than bathrooms but the same rule applies. Try to keep the plumbing in the same spot if you can.
2. Be a smart shopper
Most home improvement stores and plumbing retailers give discounts on overstocked items, floor stock and factory seconds.
Even though you are looking for bargains you want to make sure you are buying quality products.
You can hunt down floor stock and factory seconds for appliances, tile, and flooring too.
3. Organize your contractors
Make sure each contractor has everything they need to do their job when they arrive on the job site. Delays cost money and the clock is running the minute these guys arrive
You need to make sure that all the contractors are coordinated with each other. Once the original fixtures, fittings, wall linings, and flooring have been removed, the plumber and the electrician have to do a rough-in, which is the work you don’t see what's hidden in the walls and/or floor.
Then, they’ll come back to do the fit-off, which is all the fixtures and fittings. You really only want them to be there twice. If the renovation is not organized properly and they have to come back more than that, then costs will really start to mount up.
Know what appliances you’re having installed in the kitchen and what provisions need to be made for them. A ducted exhaust fan or hood needs to have a ducting pipe to the outside of the house, so you need to tell your electrician at the start of the job that this needs to be done. If you don’t, and it’s not planned for at the rough-in stage, then redoing the walls is going to be an added expense you don’t want or need.
Making these sorts of mistakes can be expensive as it means work that has been completed has to be undone, then redone.
4. Hire the right contractors for the job
Choose from experienced contractors and craftsman with a strong local customer base. Don’t pay for someone to learn on the job. Hiring an experienced contractor like JMS Express Plumbing in Los Angeles.
Make sure you check references and get comparative bids. A little due diligence before you hire contractors goes a long way in contributing to a successful product. Keep in mind that the least expensive bid may not necessarily be the best bid.