You've all met customers whose ideas are bigger than their budget. But rather than walk away from a project, show off your expertise by suggesting some of the 21 money-saving ideas that This Old House magazine compiled after speaking to pro contractors nationwide. For instance:

  • Rather than replacing the kitchen cabinets, make them more efficient by adding shelves and special storage areas.
  • Install a light tube rather than cut a hole in the wall for a double-hung window.
  • Consider look-alike products.

For more of the ideas, visit This Old House.

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