With spring on the horizon, you know that home improvement season is just around the corner. Warmer weather coupled with longer days will once again make it possible to tackle all of your exterior and landscaping projects. Any crafts that are best done out of doors will finally be back on the table as well.

While you might have spent all winter compiling the list of DIY projects that you will be starting once spring arrives, you might have yet to work out exactly how to fit all of these undertakings into your budget. Home improvement DIY can get very expensive very quickly — an occurrence that could really put a damper on your springtime projects.

The good news is that there are plenty of tactics you can employ to keep that DIY budget under control.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Coupon

When you hear the word “coupon”, you might assume that in order to acquire any significant savings you would have to spend the Saturday promotional offers out of the weekend edition of your local newspaper. However, in thinking so, you would be sorely mistaken. Most major retailers offer promotions online to customers and all it requires is a quick search.

For example, there are a number of Home Depot Coupons that can help alleviate the cost of anything from appliances to tools and accessories. You might need to exercise a bit of patience and wait for the best offers to pop up, but in the long run you could significantly reduce the costs of your DIY projects this spring.

Watch What You Waste

One of the surprising costs of major home improvement projects that you might have forgotten to factor into your budget is the amount you might have to spend on removing the waste materials that will be left over. For some smaller projects, this won’t be a major issue, but the problem comes in when you have waste items that are too big to dispose of on your own.

You do have a few options when it comes to cutting down on this expense, however. Any materials that are salvageable could be donated or recycled. Donations are frequently accepted by various non-profit organizations, and you might end up with a little tax write-off by donating things like working appliances or gently used furniture. Recycling old materials might earn you back some cash, as some organizations will pay you for things like leftover metals.

Know Your Limitations

There are few things more frustrating when it comes to home improvement than having to completely redo a project that wasn’t done properly in the first place. With this in mind, it is important that you take care not to take on more than you can handle with your DIY endeavors. If there is something that requires the knowledge, skill, and experience of a certified craftsman, be honest with yourself about it and hire the right person for the job.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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