Our plan with this house, as with all the houses we’ve updated/remodeled, is to get the very best materials at the very best price we can get them. This includes fixtures, appliances, tile – just about everything. We are also very big into reusing as much as possible to keep everything green and the costs down.
As an example, the kitchen cabinets and granite for the last house we did was purchased for $2500. This included the architectural fridge with matching cabinet panels.
So, how the hell do we do that?
There are several resources that we like to utilize for all home improvement projects:
- Habitat for Humanity Restore
There are several in the Chicagoland area, and we are able to utilize all of them. They all have different hours, days that they are open, so be sure to check before heading over to one. Nick travels around the Midwest for work, so he also checks the Restores in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Detroit.
There are tons of different types of auctions that we utilize for fixtures, machines, and other supplies. Check for local auctions because you will never know what you’ll find!
Everyone knows that IKEA has really well priced home furnishings. What most people don’t think about are the kitchen cabinets at IKEA. The hinges are the same expensive hinges that are sold at high-end wood working stores for almost double the cost, but you can get them cheaper at IKEA for the same quality. Only difference is that the IKEA name is stamped into them. IKEA’s AS-IS department is a gold mine. We have bought almost every cabinet needed for another project at a fraction of the price from IKEA’s AS-IS department. It’s a good place to check frequently as stock does turn over quickly. We have two IKEAs in the Chicagoland area, and Nick hits up the one in Minnesota when he’s there.
- Going out of Business Sales
When stores go out of business, they generally give you a decent price on the stock they are trying to sell. You can almost always also get a really good deal on fixtures. Most places will sell EVERYTHING in the store. Don’t think that you are only able to buy the stocked merchandise. Recently, an appliance store was just having a liquidation sale. They were offering this whole kitchen – cabinets & granite – for $7500. That’s a HUGE savings on upgraded cabinets and granite counter tops.
Grant’s Appliances used to be a large appliance store in the Chicagoland area. They recently filed for bankruptcy and the bank was liquidating everything they could not ship back to the manufacturers. Nick and I decided to see what treasures we could get for the house. Yes, the house we have not yet closed on the house, but we are buying things for it. You sometimes have to strike when the deals are hot.
What did we get?
We purchased a brand new, in-box 60″ Viking Range with 66″ hood at 50% off. These types of items are generally price locked, so they never go on sale. The only reason we were able to get this so cheap (eek – relatively cheap) was that the bank was the one liquidating the inventory. They have no contract with Viking, so they just sell what they can for what they can.
We also picked up two Bosch Dishwashers at 50% off. With a 6 burner stove and double oven, I’m going to be creating a lot of dirty dishes!!
Needless to say, I’m really happy. I have always wanted one of those ranges, but I never thought I would actually be able to afford one. Looks like I just got my wish!