Restoring home improvement savings.

Written by Neal F. Litherland. Posted in Featured

Published on January 24, 2012 with No Comments

One of the biggest budget busters you can have is home improvement.

Whether it’s a necessary improvement, like putting on a new roof to stop a myriad of leaks, or you just want to install some nicer-looking windows that aren’t so drafty, you’re likely crunching the numbers to figure out how you can pinch every penny.

If you’re looking for one more way to keep a little green in your coffers then you should stop by the Northwest Indiana ReStore.

 ReStore is a part of the Habitat for Humanity. Think of it as a resale shop for home improvement supplies.

 ReStore accepts building supplies and materials from people who have too much material at the end of a construction job. ReStore then sells those materials to the public at a much lower price than retail.

For instance, say you were a construction company  who finished a building project but found you still had a pallet of tiles and several lengths of copper pipe left unuse.

You could donate these materials to ReStore. You could even write them off as a charity donation because ReStore is a representative of the Habitat for Humanity.

People who are looking for home improvement products, tools and even furniture and fixtures can come to ReStore and purchase gently used or leftover materials at a fraction of what they would cost elsewhere.

On the other hand, while you can buy quality home improvement items and supplies, ranging from ladders and end tables to doors, sinks, windows and everything in between, you do still have the same difficulty of using any resale store.

What you see is what you get.

So if you’re looking to do a big job, but you only have a small amount of product, then you can’t just order more and pick it up when it comes in like you could with a retailer.

Additionally you have to make sure that what you’re buying is what you want.

The ReStore makes sure all donations pass quality inspections, but it’s up to you to carefully measure the items in question, check the color of the paint and make sure that this door will fit your frame.

The ReStore in Northwest Indiana is located at 6114 W. Ridge Road, Gary. However if you’d rather peruse the store’s current inventory from home you can visit their website

Here you can see the current stock, and if something catches your eye you can call the store at 219-923-7265 and ask if that item is still available and if the store will hold it until you come down to see it. They are open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.

Any homeowner should keep in mind that improving your home is a great way to save money in general. New windows and doors can improve your insulation and save you money on heating and cooling your home, a new roof or siding can add value to your home when you sell it, and often home improvement costs can be filed as tax deductions when it comes time to pay taxes on the money you’re given for your home.

So when you’re looking around and trying to figure out what to install or repair next, you should definitely stop by the ReStore to see whether they have anything you really want at a price you can most definitely afford.

There are online opportunities for finding what you need as well. Planet Reuse offers searches and items for sale nationwide. Visit

Craigslist has swap offers, material offers and even offers of folks to do the job for or with you. Northwest Indiana is a part of Craigslist Chicago. Visit

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About Neal F. Litherland

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Neal Litherland is a Valparaiso resident who has been a freelance writer for several years. A graduate of Indiana University, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He offers advice on money-saving tips using common-sense tactics. He welcomes suggestions and comments. Contact Neal:

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