When we bought our home we went into it knowing full-well that we would be renovating. I’m fortunate that both my husband and I are handy and not afraid to get dirty.
We were able to save a lot of money by doing work ourselves or with very talented (and some professional) help from friends and family. There were times though that we needed certain jobs done that we, or anyone we knew, couldn’t do.
Before ever hiring a ”professional” we looked through the online classifieds to see what we could come up with and more times than not, we scored.
Demolition and Clean up
We did most of our own demolition which alone saved a lot of money. The only part of our renovation that we did not demo ourselves was a shed on our property. There was something about picturing my husband and his friends playing in a rickety structure with chainsaws that scared me.I looked to the online classifieds to help me out. I found a guy who had experience in demolishing buildings who would come and do it for us, doing it safe and with the proper tools. For $100 he demolished the shed and piled the garbage for us in a way that we could easily be move. He worked efficiency and I would recommend and hire him again if needed. I consider my husband’s life worth the $100 🙂
Though we have curbside pickup, it would have taken weeks to get rid of all the renovation garbage. Our renovation wasn’t big enough to justify getting a dumpster yet big enough to be an annoyance for us. We decided that taking a big load to the dump ourselves was the answer even though there is a fee for this. Since we didn’t have access to a truck we looked into renting a truck for no reason other than to haul the garbage away. In the end, it would have cost us over $200 to rent the truck and pay for the dump. Back to the online classifieds I went.
We found a guy who for $75 showed up with his massive truck, carried the garbage away to the dump all in the pouring rain. I didn’t ask but assumed he must have had a connection at the dump since I know the dump cost alone would have been over $75. I didn’t care was just glad to have found him!
We were extending hardwood from the main living area. Since laying hardwood that needs to be blended with an existing floor is something neither my husband or I has experience with we looked into options. The store wanted to charge us thousands to do it which wasn’t going to jive with us. For $400 a guy was in and out within a day.
Buying and Selling
A few updates we made were just that, updates. There was nothing wrong with the light fixtures they were just very much not our style. We were able to afford the ones we liked by first selling what we currently had and applying the money to the new purchase. Though buying and selling via online classifieds is more work than just walking into a store and buying something, it can save a lot of money.
In doing anything online, you have to be careful. Trust your instincts and if hiring work, always check out references. The guy who did our floor gave us a flash drive showing his portfolio before we hired him which spoke volumes about his professionalism. I will continue to use our local online classifieds for everything from buying and selling to future work we may need done.
Have you ever used online ads to help with work around the home?