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Keeping Renovation Costs Low: Visit The Habitat For Humanity ReStore!

Whether you’re about to undertake a complete gut rehab or a relatively simple DIY renovation/upgrade, you’ll likely find out in a hurry that the cost of basic materials, appliances, fixtures, etc. can add up quickly – even for a basic project that eschews high-end things like granite countertops, etc.

Craigslist can be a great place to find a few specific items you might have in mind, but spending time and gas to find and transport each item you find can also be a pricey and time-consuming undertaking in itself – especially if you need to rent a large truck to get some of your items back and forth.

Fortunately, there’s a simple way to find cheap building materials, fixtures, appliances, AND furniture under one roof here in Philly without going crazy. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at 2930 Jasper St. in Kensington offers (mostly) secondhand items in good working condition that can slash your budget considerably in a single afternoon – and they do offer delivery for a fee! Parking is plentiful behind their warehouse and they’re not far from the nearest stop on the El, making it a convenient jaunt for most.

This is a great place to bring any leftover building materials, furniture, etc. that you might have as well – pickup is free, and you can get a tax deduction for your generosity. Usable materials are kept out of landfills and find a new life somewhere new, and you get the satisfaction of supporting a great cause at the same time! (All ReStore proceeds go towards helping the general mission of Habitat for Humanity – building affordable housing and making needed repairs to the homes of people who may not be able to afford them otherwise.)

For example, full cabinet sets in decent shape can often be had for $500 or less – and working appliances (stoves, refrigerators, washers/dryers, etc.) often come in at or around $100 apiece. Sinks are usually in the $15-$30 range, and all sorts of tiles from stone to porcelain usually range from 10 to 50 cents each – often less than half of what the big box stores charge for new ones. Light fixtures are available here as well, and the furniture selection runs the gamut of styles and prices – though you could very well attractively furnish a whole house for less than $2000 total if you shopped carefully!

Take a look at the pics below for an idea of what you can find at the ReStore – this is just a small fraction of what they carry!

Habitat for Humanity Philly - Stools and Tables

Stools, tables, etc. – If you want to decorate on a budget, this is the place for you!

Habitat for Humanity Philly - Couches

This is one of many great couches available at the Habitat ReStore – and available for far less than you’d pay elsewhere!

Habitat for Humanity Philly - Misc. Hardware

Miscellaneous stuff for repairs/replacements – far cheaper at the ReStore than paying retail!

Habitat for Humanity Philly - Sinks and toilets

Sinks and toilets – If you need something in good shape at a great price, you’ve found the right place!

Habitat for Humanity Philly - Sinks

Need a sink? There’s a rainbow of colors available at the Philly ReStore!

Habitat for Humanity Philly - Hardware

Drawer and cabinet hardware/hinges. These can add up at the big box stores, but they’re quite affordable here!

Habitat for Humanity Philly - Windows

Need windows? This is just a fraction of the ReStore’s extensive selection – and they’re cheaper than buying new! (Doors available, too.)

Habitat for Humanity Philly - Furniture

Gorgeous selection of china cabinets, tables, and chairs at the ReStore!

Great selection of cabinets at the Habitat ReStore!

Great selection of cabinets at the Habitat ReStore!

One Response to “Keeping Renovation Costs Low: Visit The Habitat For Humanity ReStore!”

  1. October 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm, How To Update A Kitchen On A Budget! | Kim Wingfield: Realtor w/United Real Estate - Philadelphia said:

    […] if at all possible, but sometimes you need to redo the whole thing. Buying the cabinets from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore or Craigslist can be done far more cheaply than buying retail, but installation costs can run high, […]


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