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How to Effectively Remodel

It can be difficult to plan for a remodeling project, especially if you aren’t sure exactly what you want or what the renovation will require. To effectively remodel, you need to do your research. Look into the costs of supplies and labor for the type of project you are planning. 

Connect with a Contractor

Before planning your remodel, you should get a free estimate and connect with a contractor. Speaking with a contractor can offer you ideas, show you previous jobs, and provide a timeline to help you plan for your remodel. Once you have a good idea of how much time and money the remodel will require, you can start to plan how you will save money while still getting a high-quality renovation. 

Timing is Key

Spring and summer are the busiest times of year for home renovations. During these times of the year, contractors have little availability and you might have to compete with other homeowners to get the best builders. You can save money and get the right contractor for the job by planning your remodel during the off-season. While exterior projects are put on hold during months with ice and snow throughout Michiana, winter is a great time for interior remodeling. Talk to a contractor about how planning your renovation during the off-season can save you money. You can make an appointment to meet with a trusted Clayton Hoover & Sons contractor at

Don’t Move Too Much

Another great way to save money is to work with what you have. If possible, you should avoid moving walls and plumbing to achieve your renovation goal. In some cases, moving plumbing can be one of the most expensive parts of a remodel. Instead, try to keep plumbing in place and remodel with new fixtures. You can look around South Bend, Mishawaka, and Granger hardware stores to find inspiration for your remodel. We suggest you look at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, and Ferguson to find the perfect fixtures and appliances for your home renovation. Contractors that are partners with these companies will usually get products at a discount, but looking at the costs will give you an idea of how you should build your budget. 

Energy Efficient Appliances

Switching to energy-efficient appliances can actually add some funds to your budget. The Indiana Michigan Power’s Energy Saver Program offers a variety of rebates for making your home or business more energy-efficient. They offer rebates for properly disposing of old refrigerators and freezers, as well as upgrading to energy-efficient HVAC systems, water heaters, smart thermostats, and more. Having an energy-efficient home will also give you long-term savings by significantly lowering your power bill. It is definitely worth it to spend extra money on efficiency during your remodel. 

Talk to Clayton Hoover & Sons about other ways to efficiently remodel your home. There are plenty of ways you can save money and stay within your budget, while still getting the best contractors and an amazing renovation.

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