Stretching your "Renovation" dollars

By Maureen O'Boyle - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - If you have set aside a small amount of money to spruce up your home this summer, WBTV is On Your Side with some suggestions on how to stretch every dollar and make an impact.

Try shopping for your materials and ideas at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  The store is located on Wendover Road in Charlotte.

All of the items for sale in the store have been donated.  Products range from entire kitchen cabinet sets to sheet-rock screws.

The store even has thousands of light fixtures donated by Simpson Lighting when it closed its shop earlier this year.

The great thing about shopping at the ReStore is that your home improvement project can help provide a home to a family in need.

The money you spend at the ReStore goes back into building new Habitat Homes.  Each new home costs $70,000 to build.  So, shop smartly and feel good about it.

If you need a contractor, consider becoming a member of Angie's List.  The internet web site offers thousands of reviews of local businesses and is a great way to shop around for the best price.

Keep in mind, in this economy, you want to make sure the business you're working with is on solid financial ground.

If you don't use Angie's List, make sure to ask for references.

Enjoy your project.