When remodelling or renovating in your home, it can be easy to lose track of your budget or get carried away in making many changes.

 

Use these simple tips from DIY Network’s Money Hunters, hosted by Matt Blashaw and Deanne Bell, to ensure your reno costs don’t get out of control.

 

These hosts work with homeowners to deliver the best renovations money can buy.

 

Using innovative solutions, smart shopping options and tricks of the trade, makeovers are completed that homeowners never thought possible.

 

Repurpose your kitchen cabinets and countertops. Use existing cabinets but upgrade them by adding new doors, a fresh coat of paint or even new hardware.

 

A new backsplash can make countertops look stylish and coordinated — try using beadboard rather than pricey ceramic.



Get and check references.
If you are doing a large renovation, hiring a reputable contractor is crucial.

Get recommendations and check out his or her past work.

Ensure they are licensed, bonded and insured.

This may cost you more at the start-up, but will save you money in the long-run.

Donate your old materials like cabinets, mirrors, countertops or flooring to avoid disposal fees and in some cases even get a tax break.

Similarly, you can shop at used stores to find great deals on new-to-you items.

Look for floor models of appliances. All you will be missing is the box.

Some retailers may even be willing to extend the warranty in order to unload the item from the store.

The best time to do this is early fall just as the new models are arriving.



Go directly to wholesalers.
Cutting out a middle-man will always save you money, and some wholesalers even offer free design services.



Invest in permanence.
The money you spend on architecture and design is going to last a long time.

Keep in mind that you can always upgrade to finer appliances, furniture or accent pieces, so be sure to invest most of your time and money in the permanent choices for your home.

Money Hunters airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on DIY Network Canada.