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pay more than you need to for any part of your house project? Sometimes
amazing savings can be found. Just one of these strategies may save you
thousands of dollars. This is the complete set of approaches that saved
us more than $100,000 on our home. At 30 pages, this report contains more than 100
strategies and is five times longer than our average report.
- How to talk knowledgeably to subs and vendors
- Making money when you shop
- How to buy - when to buy
- Barter possibilities
- Better than contractor prices
- Hidden discounts
- Multiple bid savings
- How much can you save on DIY?
- Buy wholesale
- Direct internet buys
- Savings on construction financing
- Low cost plans
- Cabinet bargains
- Energy savings that pay you
- 10% off all big box purchases
- Buying groups
- Free interest
- Lumber bargains
- Stone and tile savings
- Choosing a plan that costs less to build
- Free deliveries
Excerpt from Report:
"...31. Home Show Discounts
the building products vendors get together to display at a home and
garden show, there is an atmosphere of competition for your attention.
At these shows, many vendors offer trade show discounts. We purchased
our whole house vacuum unit at a savings of 40% this way.
32. Buy Direct from Manufacturer
One example of this is buying carpet at mill-direct prices.
33. Be Flexible
you find superior items at prices lower than your intended items, you
may be able to modify your plans to take advantage. For example, if you
have hardwood flooring available at $6.50 per square foot installed,
and find ceramic tile you like for an installed cost of $4, you may
consider reducing the hardwood and increasing the ceramic tiled areas
in your plan.
34. Check an Unexpected Source
O-B's have reported that they found custom cabinets from an independent
craftsman at better prices than stock cabinets. If you have pursued one
type of source for your item, give a different approach a look before
you close off your research.
35. Read the Classifieds
classified ads in the newspaper can yield bargains from unexpected
sources. Sometimes, for example a distributor of a given construction
material may sell off accumulated samples through a classified ad. One
of our friends found solid maple stair rail balusters valued at $12
each for $2 apiece this way. Check "Building Materials", "Appliances",
"Home Furnishings", and "Home Accessories".
36. Avoid the Construction Loan
could have saved $8,000 in loan fees and interest if I paid cash for my
project. Some owners have sufficient equity in their current homes to
pay for their next house. They can sell the previous property before
starting the new house and work with the cash proceeds. Or, they can
take out home equity loans to finance new construction. Interest rates
and origination costs are much lower that way..."
Sample Reader Tip Excerpts:
there's not much competition here. Example is Viking appliances. We got
them priced for our kitchen at $12,200. On the Internet I found a guy
in Canada, in White Horse, a day's drive, no duty because made in the
U.S., and we can save $3,500 by a day's drive. The trip will cost $500
so there's $3,000 in our kitchen before we start."
used to go to auctions where construction people sell their surplus
products. As an electrician and a security system installer my husband
met a lot of people with nice houses. One homeowner called him about
the auctions brand new stuff, doors that were pre-hung, steps, windows,
countertops, interior doors, and tools in boxes. You bid on items you
want. Also we looked at wholesalers catalogue, where we got our
wall-to-wall carpet, only paid $50 for shipping, North Carolina
furniture and everything. Book is called "Wholesale by Mail" 1997
edition. Harper Collins, 10 E. 53rd St, New York, NY 10022 (800)