Just because you’re renovating your bathroom or kitchen doesn’t mean it has to cost you an arm and a leg. There are ways to do a quality renovation, while staying within a budget. Here are 6 ways to install a new tile floor on a budget.
1. DIY What You Can
You don’t have to pay a professional to come demolish your existing floor. Get a sledge hammer and do the removal yourself. While it will take a little bit of elbow grease, it will save you a lot of money in labor costs.
2. Watch YouTube Videos
There are so many different instructional videos on YouTube about how to lay tile. Learn from the experiences and frustrations of other DIYers and professionals alike. You can learn tips and tricks, as well as which materials work best for your job.
3. Shop Sales For Materials
Keep an eye out at your local big box store for clearance or closeout tile, grout, or any tools needed to do tile work. If you check back regularly, you’ll be able to catch an item right when it goes on clearance. Be sure to buy enough tile and materials to finish your job. Always purchase an additional twenty percent above and beyond the actual square footage of your room for making cuts and fixing mistakes.
4. Look For Second Hand Materials
You don’t have to purchase your tile from a fancy tile shop or even a big box store. Look for tile and grout at your local Habitat For Humanity’s Restore, which is a store where local citizens donate unused construction materials and the proceeds go to charity. Often times there are large lots of tile donated, easily enough to do an entire floor. And you can purchase the materials at a deeply discounted price, so it’s great for your bottom line.
5. Rent or Borrow What You Can
Don’t spend a lot of money purchasing tools. Rent a tile saw instead of purchasing one. Borrow a trowel from a friend. Avoid purchasing tools you’re only going to use one time. If you have to buy tools, consider re-selling them immediately on Craigslist or Ebay to cut project costs.
6. Buy Materials and Tools Online
Don’t be afraid to check discount tile websites online, or shop with a coupon code. The down side is you’ll have to wait for the materials to be delivered, but doing your research to make sure you’re getting the best price can save you a lot of money in the end.
Re-doing your kitchen or bathroom floors does not have to cost a lot of money. Be smart with your spending, and you’re sure to have a beautiful floor that looks like a million bucks.