Tips to Help You Reduce Expenses
Whether your bathroom plans are big or small here are some simple tips you can use to save you money when remodeling or renovating your lavatory in these hard economic times. One of the first ways you can save money in your bathroom is through your lighting choices.
Natural light is your cheapest source of light. The more natural light you have the less electricity you will use during the day. This can be achieved through adding more windows or installing a skylight; though initially this will cost you to install the extra windows, in the long run it will save you a bundle on your lighting bill.
Buying your lighting fixtures from second hand discount stores such as Good Will, Value Village or the Salvation Army is also an option. These stores receive donations on a daily basis so be sure to check back often if you can’t find what you want on your first visit.
Another way to reduce your cost in the bathroom is by buying energy efficient compact fluorescent lights. Compact fluorescent lights or CFL’s are four times more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
The other plus of CFL’s is that they last ten times longer than regular incandescents and use less than half the energy. They may cost a little more upfront than regular bulbs but you will save money over time due to the longevity of the CFL bulbs.
Buying an automatic faucet can also save you money in the long run especially if you have kids. The beauty of these faucets is that they only turn on when motion is detected near the sensor; this will save you lots of water when your kids are brushing their teeth or washing up in the bathroom.
Preventive Maintenance Eases Costs in the end
Keep your bathroom repairs up to date. The longer you hold off on that leaky faucet, showerhead or leaky tank stopper in your toilet tank, the more water you’re going to waste.
Buying discontinued or mismatched tiles will reduce your cost. The outcome may be a bit esoteric but in the end you will have a one of a kind masterpiece.
When you are on a budget buying brand new may not be an option, there are many thrift stores you can get second hand bathroom product bargains from.
If you’re set on buying new or not in a hurry, websites like Craig’s List, eBay or Amazon can also be great places to round off a deal. Just remember to buy from a reputable seller by checking their feedback and just because it is on sale doesn’t mean it’s always right for you.
Buy what you need and can use, there’s no point in buying something because you think you might be able to use it later. Shop around and use your better judgment and you will still be able to create a great looking bath even in these hard economic times.