The best way to save money on a home improvement project is to do the work yourself. However, some projects require extra muscle, and this is when the cost of DIY projects skyrocket. The solution to this problem is to develop a home improvement network that will provide you with free backup labor when you need it.
A home improvement network is simply a group of people that you know and trust that agree to help each other complete home improvement projects. This network can include family members, friends, people you work with and perhaps even neighbors. Each person who enters the network agrees to help out the other people in the network on home improvement projects. The advantages of using a labor networking system like this one are that you can take advantage of the special skills of people you know and save money on your remodeling projects. However, in order for this network system to work, each person has to hold up their end of the deal. This is why you need to build your home improvement network with only people you know and trust.
The easiest way to develop a home improvement network is to talk with family and friends about the home improvement projects that they plan on completing during the next year. Then ask if they would be willing to help you on your project if you help them on their project. This simple exchange of labor can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars on labor. This agreement can also help you to save money on equipment, tools and supplies. By scheduling projects close together you can split the cost of heavy equipment that has to be rented, you can buy supplies in bulk and share the savings and you can share tools. For example, say you want to pour a cement driveway and your brother wants to pour a cement patio. To save money on equipment you can rent a bobcat for one day and then complete excavation on both projects during that same day. This will save you 50 percent on your equipment rental.
To save the most money with a home improvement network you need to learn how to plan out projects for the network. Scheduling projects is important to the success of a project network. It ensures that each project has the labor team that it needs, it helps people share equipment rental costs and it allows you time to plan around work schedules.
The Homeowner’s Responsibilities
While the labor provided by your network colleagues is free, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to provide food and drinks for the crew. This means having snacks on hand, water, soda, sandwiches and other BBQ type foods. You can even cap off the day with a full BBQ where the crew, made up of your friends and family, relax and enjoy time together.