January 24, 2022

Beat Schermerhorn

Home Improvement

What We Learned in 2021 to Save on Home Improvements | Pennyhoarder

We’ve been seeing our homes in a new light since the pandemic started.

Though this year we weren’t always cooped up inside our four walls, we continued to find projects to work on around the house. They ranged from minor redecorating to major repairs put on hold during the uncertainties of the previous year.

Here are our top eight stories from this year on how to save money on home improvement projects.

8 Ways We Saved Money on Home Improvements in 2021

1. Organize Your Home Without Overspending

Keeping your home tidy doesn’t require a trip to the Container Store to spend hundreds on various organizational tools.

2. Know Which Home Repairs You Need to Address Immediately

It may be financially convenient to put off certain repairs around the house, but ignoring some issues can cause major problems and increase the costs.

3. Keep Up With Routine Home Maintenance

One way to avoid expensive home repairs is to adhere to a schedule of regular maintenance projects. Letting little issues go untreated can lead to a much more serious — and more costly — problem to address later.

4. Know When to Hire a Pro

Taking on home projects on your own doesn’t always save you money. If you take on something you can’t handle, you could wind up making a costly mistake that’s more expensive than hiring a professional from the start.

This article breaks down what types of home projects are safe to DIY and which you should leave to the experts.

5. Learn How to Hire the Best Contractor

Hiring a professional contractor for a home improvement project can be a significant financial investment. You want to know you’re hiring the right person for the job.

6. Remodel Your Bathroom on a Budget

Making your bathroom feel like a sanctuary is important — especially when you’re spending so much time at home. But bathroom remodels can be expensive.

7. Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space for $100

Big landscaping projects can cost big bucks. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to revamp your outdoor space for less.

8. Spend Less at Restoration Hardware

Love the goods at Restoration Hardware but could do without the high prices?

Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, a personal finance website that empowers millions of readers nationwide to make smart decisions with their money through actionable and inspirational advice, and resources about how to make, save and manage money.