Just like finding a killer deal on a pair of shoes (or something else that stikes your fancy, guys) , finding a great deal when you’re remodeling is equally as exhilirating. Here’s a couple of places to keep in mind when you’re shopping a remodel.
Stardust Building Supplies. Obviously it’s a great place to donate the stuff you take out of your house (and get the tax deduction). But have you ever thought to look there for your remodeling needs? It’s a stretch, but every now and again you can find what you need.
When we remodeled our master bathroom I was tempted to tear out our bathtub. But, being a Realtor I know better; you keep the tub for resale value. We had to trash the old one and to replace it we were looking at $500-600. I wanted to spend that money on nicer fixtures or higher-end tile so we began to hunt for an alternate solution. We found a great soaking tub (see picture below) at Stardust for $100. Killer deal. Check them out at http://www.stardustbuilding.org/ Be sure to take your measurements on stuff like this before you go. My friend recently did the same but came home with a tub that was too big for her space.
Construction Lots. My neighbor turned me on to them. They have higher end stuff for less. So, while it’s not cheap, you can get a deal on bigger name items. Sinks and plumbing fixtures are a good find here and the tile prices are decent, too. Here’s an example: Lowe’s has a 3″x11″ glass tile/mix border for $16 ea. You can get a similar 12″x12″ sheet at Construction Lots for $25 then cut it into three 3″x12″ strips which amounts to a little more than $8 ea. Actually, it’s a better savings than that when you consider you’ll have 2″ left on each sheet that can be added to the left-over on another sheet. Here’s their website http://www.constructionlots.com/
Craig’s List. You can find various deals here, too. It just depends on what you’re looking for – or what you want to get rid of. You can typically do much better selling larger items (furniture, baby gear, housewares, etc.) on Craig’s List than via a garage sale. When we tore out our old bathroom I sold our glass block on Craig’s List then applied that cash toward the remodeling project. One woman’s trash was another man’s treasure. Be sure to check the going rate for certain items. If you price items too high they’ll just sit. Sort of like trying to sell a house that’s priced too high, it’ll just sit in this market!