SUNNYVALE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — "For many people, Black Friday is a crowded shopping experience that's so horrible it's not worth the savings," says Dan Fritschen, founder of Remodel or Move. "But if you're planning to remodel your home in the coming year, you may want to rethink your plans: the super sales that are offered on Black Friday and Cyber Monday can save you thousands of dollars on the cost for your remodel."
Read on to learn what Fritschen says you should do now to get the most for your money:
Make a list and check it twice. "Educate yourself on everything you'll need for your remodel," Fritschen says. "Try to formulate as complete a list as possible using an online tool like the IdeaFile at RemodelOrMove.com. On the list include design ideas and photos so that you won't accidentally miss any discounts or sales. Autumn and winter are some of the best times to buy, since remodeling 'season' usually takes place in the spring and summer."
Go shopping with a strategy. Most retailers publish the details of their post-Thanksgiving sales in advance, so take time to map out where and when to get the best deals. Keep in mind that, thanks to modern technology, you might save the most money if you do your shopping from your laptop.
Read up on return policies. If you aren't planning on starting your remodel immediately, check and double-check return policies before buying materials. Especially on big-ticket items, you'll want to make sure you're not making an irreversible commitment.
Surf the 'Net – but be smart about it. If possible, scope out big-ticket items in person before Cyber Monday. For instance, it's well worth your time to measure the refrigerator you've been eyeing and look at it next to the paint and countertop samples you're considering. Again, pay attention to return policies as well as shipping fees.
Remember that there's an app for that! Android and iPhone apps are available to find, save, share and retrieve information on the home remodeling deals you find on Black Friday. "Research the items you want, save them to your IdeaFile and access that information when you are in the stores to take the stress out of shopping."
"Braving the crowds can save you a surprising amount of time, money, and stress when it's time to start tearing down walls and installing new appliances next year!" Fritschen concludes.
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