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Do Some Extra Legwork

Even if you've already decided where to buy supplies, gain bargaining power by researching the going rates for the same stuff elsewhere before you commit. "When we were renovating our kitchen, I priced out cabinets at all the big stores, then I talked to my builder, who said he could make exactly what we wanted but out of higher quality materials and for less money," says homeowner Bari Nan Rothchild of Park City, Utah. At a minimum, you can typically get a price match.
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