When Should You Bargain Hunt for Materials— and When Should You not?

We’ve all done it before; hit up the local thrift store, headed over to the clearance section of our favorite local shop, or even just scrolled through CraigsList in search of a killer deal. It’s no secret that the average person won’t surpass a good deal and searches for them frequently. 

 However, when it comes to a property, there is so much in the way of materials that it can all too often become difficult to know whether you’re really getting a good deal or making a mistake you’re sure to regret in time. 

 Fortunately, by checking out our tips on what to bargain hunt for and what to not bargain hunt for when it comes to property maintenance, you are sure to get the most out of your budget and see the fruits of your labor bloom in no time. 

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Great Examples of Bargain Shopping Do’s

 Anywhere you can get a bargain, when you own rental properties, you should. After all, why waste money when you could save it and spend it on other projects you previously didn’t have the budget for? With this said, below are great examples of bargain shopping do’s to take into account. 

When to Bargain Shop: 

When you’re getting materials for a job, look for bargains! The best angle is donated and salvaged materials. For us, we like to shop salvage and donated kitchen cabinets. We have a couple local places that have them, and our last kitchen we had to do, the cabinets cost us $500 which is an outstanding price. Especially since this was for a decent-sized kitchen cabinet set.

If you need some inspiration, we recommend taking a look at this YouTuber that has all kinds of salvage videos for you to check out! We’re sure they’ll inspire in some way or another.

Now that you know the best approach at bargain shopping, let’s look at what we’ve found to be GOOD salvage stuff:  

-Cabinets 

-Hardware—Nuts, Bolts, Screws 

-Door Locks 

-Vanities 

-Flooring 

-Ceiling Tiles 

-Floor Tiles—Ceramic, Vinyl, etc. 

-Rugs and Carpets 

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Examples of Bargain Shopping Don’ts

 Just as there are great bargain shopping opportunities, there are some that are far from ideal as well! The key is to know which items tend to typically pay off and which do not. By knowing this, you can be sure to avoid the common problem bargain items out there. With this said, here’s what we’ve found to be BAD salvage items:

Paint

 When it comes to the color of the interior and exterior of your home, you truly don’t want to take a chance. In our experience, we’ve found leftover paint to be a nightmare! Weird colors that don’t match the labels, hopelessly separated gunk, or just plain disgusting muck in a paint can—and it’s nearly impossible to check the paint at the store without making a terrific mess. 

 This is why it’s best to just avoid paint altogether when bargain hunting. It may cost more but it’s certainly worth it for longer lasting, better paint.  

 Major Appliances 

 When considering bargain shopping, you may initially think of things such as dishwashers or washing machines as perfect bargain opportunities. However, you must also consider the fact that there is always a reason these items are there and not in a house. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, it’s simply because they got a newer model. However, in most cases, it’s because of some kind of mechanical issue that the average individual won’t be able to fix on their own. This is why it is important to remember IF YOU KNOW HOW TO FIX THESE , THEN GO FOR IT, but if you don’t, this is too much of a gamble. 

Tape

 Unless you have unused, sealed tape and you’ re certain of its age, pass on the tape. Why? Because, although you might not realize it, tape can absolutely go bad and you definitely don’t want to try to use expired tape for home maintenance if you want the project to last long-term. Personally, we’ve found that all too often used tape has seriously degraded qualities that make it nearly useless in nature. This is why it is better to simply buy new tape and call it a day.

 In the end, if you are concerned that you won’t be able to manage your property maintenance on your own or want an extra bit of help in the Baltimore area, feel free to contact us today! We’ll be happy to help you choose the right stuff for the right price with ease!