Are you in search of ways of saving money when remodeling your office or home? There may be a few ways of saving money you haven't thought of yet.
Using Discount Carpet Remnants
When some people hear the term carpet remnants, they associate it with left over and most often, bad quality carpet. Most often this is not the case; at least for the bad quality part of the equation. Fact is, remnants are "left over" but that can many a lot of things when it comes to carpet.
Many times large office remodel or building jobs use high quality, traffic resistant, carpeting. They inevitably have batches of carpet left over as they run into design changes and different things that "happen" during remodel. The installers then look to get rid of the remnants and often turn to local carpet retailers or warehouses to offload this excess inventory. The only reason they don't reuse it often, is it's in smaller pieces thus they can't usually use for large jobs without having seams.
Another way carpet remnants come to be is straight from the carpet mill. When large custom rolls and orders are being cut and prepared to ship, the usually cut off any where from 15 to often over 20 feet from the end of the roll. This is just to make sure they've fabricated enough for the order and that the cut end is well past the cut edge. These remnants are then either sold off at discounted rates or sent to other warehouses.
If looking for remnants online or any carpet, always take into consideration the shipping costs. Carpet is extremely heavy and shipping will usually end up costing you more than if you just purchased regular carpet. This is why you'll most likely want to shop your local carpet warehouses to see what remnants they have on hand. The key is to be patient and keep looking until you find something that fits your needs.
Your best bet is to shop the carpet stores in person to see what they have on hand. Trying to haggle over the phone is usually a loosing battle. Most (good) salesmen will simply try and get you to the store to sell you something different. They don't make as much money off the remnants (obviously) so they'll want to sell you new carpet. That's also something to keep in mind when entering a store in person. Just be confident in what you want and if they don't have it on hand, keep shopping and check back a few weeks or months later; there's almost always more than one carpet warehouse in town!
You would be amazed at how many homeowners have gallons of paint mixed and realize when they get home it's the wrong color. Most painters (and seasoned homeowners) realize that paint looks a lot different on the wall then it did in the store. For this reason, a lot of people actually return their paint to the store for a different color. This is where you can find it really cheap!
It's called "oops" paint. And almost every time I've went into a home improvement store and asked them if they had any "oops" paint they did. We even got 5 gallons of a pretty decent beige paint for $7! Ya, that's cheap and we pained our entire upstairs and most of our basement with this color. It saved us a ton of money!
Patience Pays Off
My wife is an amazing deal finder. I tend to pay whatever something costs at the time I want itâ€¦ I am getting better I must admit. The key to saving money in remodeling is having patience and the willingness to compromise on some features.
Whenever we go to a home improvement store, we have in mind something that we might need to improve or repair. The first place we visit is the clearance section of the store. For example, for months we knew we needed knew sink fixtures in our master bath. I saw a couple I really liked but they were over $150 a piece! After a few months of waiting and checking the clearance shelf, my wife found a great pair of faucets for $80 a piece.
The key is practice and having the patience to wait until you find a deal that fits within your budget. Have an idea of what you want to spend before ever leaving the house. Of course you have to be reasonable, as you'll never find something for freeâ€¦ or maybe you will!
Whether you're looking for discount carpet remnants or used furniture, if you're willing to be patient and compromise on a few things, you'll be amazed at how much you can save.