Is remodeling on a dime worth it?

by | May 12, 2017 | Remodeling Budget | 0 comments

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Remodeling on a dime

As a sustainability nut in the remodeling world, I often learn lessons the hard way. This recent example reminded me again that as counter intuitive as it seems replacing old parts is the best practice when the budget is tight.

I am often asked to reuse existing parts in order to keep the budget to a minimum. I get it, it’s intuitive that reusing old components will save money. What if that tightly held belief was not true? Say it ain’t so, Joe.

Suppose I said that it won’t save you money?

I just experienced another a classic example of why we like to donate the old and use the new whenever possible. The old sink had a fairly new faucet. It was a three-hole sink and we were transitioning to an under mount sink in granite, which only needed a single hole. The components of the old sink seemed reasonable to reuse in the long run, so we installed it. We ended up wasting our most precious resource: time! I say this because:

  1. It took two additional trips to the supply house.
  2. We had to buy replacement parts
  3. The removal and replacement cost is time (which is really money).

What are the odds of that old parts will wear out prematurely or will be problematic? We had to modify a base plate for the old faucet to work. Who wants old components installed in a new sink anyway?

Case study 2: Can a fella save a buck?

Dollar

Save a buck or not?

Recently, we were tasked with replacing a flooded bathroom floor in a rental. One of the parameters was that we had to reuse the old toilet. Months later, we had to return and deal with a secondary flood. The toilet was a strong candidate for the flood, but so were the shutoff valve, and the reused supply line. In the end, we replaced the shutoff valve, the supply line, and the toilet. Did the risk outweigh the reward? For me, it sure as hell did.

Next time, if it is that important to save a buck, then you can take the risk for us. My fingers are tired of being crossed. No more Levco warranty on used components. Oh, that feels good to say. I suppose it takes a few times to burn an indelible memory in my brain. There, done.

These lessons were learned the hard way

I also want to be sure everyone understands that we can only warranty the new stuff. The reality is that the client was not charged for the extra parts or work, the company had to absorb it. This is what the learning process is all about.

Don’t get me wrong, we will still gladly install used components, antique parts, and sentimental things, knowing that they will require more time and need special care. But as a professional remodeler, it is my job to educate my clients about the hidden costs associated with doing so.

Donate it whole, live and learn

My final thought on the subject is that donating the entire component to a local reuse center would have been a better option. The sink with the strainer basket and the garbage disposal flange would have been more valuable to someone. As we say, “live and learn.”


Your comments are welcome. To ask questions or get more information about remodeling, click here to email me directly, or call 208-947-7261

If you or someone you know is considering remodeling or just wants to speak to a trustworthy remodeling contractor please contact me, you’ll be glad you did.

Disclaimer: Some of these images came from the WEB. If they are yours, and you object to them being used, please claim them and I will gladly remove and replace them at once.

Disclaimer: Some of these images came from the WEB. If they are yours, and you object to them being used, please claim them and I will gladly remove and replace them at once.

Related Posts

Problem Solving At A Very High Level

Problem Solving At A Very High Level

The art of problem-solving has been improved for years, much like the science of evolution; it takes generations, and there is still a missing link. (or did scientists find it, and I just missed the memo) The Typical Process Someone identifies a problem and suffers...

read more
Why Hire A Remodeling Contractor?

Why Hire A Remodeling Contractor?

Your home is like any complex machinery, similar to your body in many ways. It comprises many systems that work in unison and harmony to function properly. Some specialize in commercial work; we have a residential remodeling specialty. Remodeling Contractors Are A...

read more

Leave A Comment

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Categories

Latest Projects

Primary Suite Remodel with Deck

Primary Suite Remodel with Deck

Primary Suite Remodel & DeckThe Challenge Inaccurate plans were provided that had to get updated over the course of the project. The project is on a creek so lots of precautions were needed to keep erosion out of it.  The Idea Create a primary suite that is...

Whole House Remodel

Whole House Remodel

Whole House RemodelThe Challenge The home was in the hillside district and in the WUI which means that the home has some extra requirements as far as firesafe and extra structural requirements. There had been an addition done to the house years prior that was not...

Whole House Remodel

Whole House Remodel

Whole House RemodelThe Challenge The property was occupied during design and the new owners were very occupied with their school aged children. Lots of deferred maintenance items had to be addressed. The Idea The home was purchased in advance of moving in with the...

Garage Remodel

Garage Remodel

Garage renovationThe Challenge The sagging roof caused be removed bracing over the years made it look like a sway-back horse. A chiropractic adjustment and some serious support were needed. Keeping with the historic look and feel of the garage was important. There...