All homeowners can’t afford the kitchens or bathrooms of their dreams. But there are ways to get more bang for the buck when remodeling on a budget.
Here are a few ways to reduce remodeling costs and stretch dollars so you can put them where they will count.

Put in some sweat equity

First, do your own demo. It doesn’t take much skill to swing a hammer and break things. You can save on the front end by ripping out cabinets, sinks and other things that will get tossed in the trash.
But be careful. There could be wires or plumbing located in the wall. So consult with a contractor before knocking any holes or trying to tear down that wall.
If you don’t want to get dirty, you can call your local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Many times they will send over a crew to remove items that can reused and sold at the Habitat ReStore. Other companies that work with reclaimed wood can also come over and salvage useful items from your house.
Then once the skilled labor has done their best, you can save hundreds by painting and doing other cosmetic work yourself.

Leave the basic footprint

It can cost between $500 and $1,000 to move a toilet. Moving a sink can cost just as much and a bathtub can cost more.
If the new design doesn’t require moving the fixtures, don’t move them. It can save thousands in the end.

Do it right the first time

Use professionals where it counts. Unless you have experience with electrical, plumbing, building cabinets or other skilled trades, it’s cheaper in the long run to do it right the first time.
Work with contractors, architects and designers to reach a final product that can last for years.
For example, relocating a door might not be as easy as HGTV makes it look. There could be wiring that has to be moved or the wall could be load bearing. The last thing you need is the ceiling falling on your head.