Remodeling your backyard is a great option for many homeowners — especially Orange County residents where the sun always shines and the night air doesn’t disappoint. But outdoor projects can get expensive, so you better do your homework before you get started. Here are 5 ways to save money on your backyard remodel in Orange County, CA.
1. Do a price comparison with different materials and different manufacturers
Price varies not only from material-to-material, but amongst different manufacturers as well. So shop around for different materials first such as brick, pavers, cement, and stone. Once you find the look you’re after, shop between different manufacturers. There are a good amount of similar materials carried by different manufacturers but with very different pricing.
2. Prioritize the work on your yard
Recognize that you may not get everything on your wishlist when it comes to your backyard remodel. Don’t get me wrong, you can get pretty much anything you want. But if you start to notice that what you want is over your budget, then prioritize what work completed. In other words, do what will make the most impact for your buck. Maybe skip the water feature, or only use pavers in the backyard and not the side yard. You could even substitute an outdoor fireplace with a fire pit instead. In the end, remodel the parts of your yard where people gather most.
3. Get multiple quotes from different contractors
Never settle on the first quote you get from a contractor that visits your home. In fact, you’re probably still sticker shocked from the whole thing. All the more reason to get a few quotes from different contractors. Make sure to find well reviewed contractors that are fully licensed, bonded, and certified for your area. Keep in mind you usually get what you pay for too. So never go with the cheapest, nor the most expensive (unless you really trust the contractor). Usually somewhere in the middle is the happy medium to a great home project…and at a fair price!
Heck, you can even use our very own extensive network of pre-qualified contractors. We’ll select the 3 best matched local contractors for your project. How? Through your landscape design plans of course!
We’ll even send your project blueprint directly to each contractor in order to give you the best, most accurate, apples-to-apples quote comparison out there!
4. Have your project done in the off-season
Wanting to use your new backyard in the summer is great, but construction should begin well before then. In fact, having work done on your home during the Fall and Winter are typically more cost-effective. This is due to the fact that residential contractors are usually slower during these “off months” — which translates to more savings in your pocket. Also, this guarantees the work will be complete well before the sunny summer months where you can sit back and enjoy the view.
5. Save money in the long-term rather than short-term
Finally, saving money on your home project doesn’t need to be upfront — meaning you can invest in backyard features now that will pay off in the long run. A great example of this would be utilizing pavers, or perhaps even artificial grass, in your backyard. While this won’t necessarily save you money at first, you’ll definitely add value to your property, save money from lower water usage, and this will certainly outlast most traditional backyard features your neighbors probably have.