Let’s face it when you are a homeowner there will be a time (if there hasn’t been already) when you want to change your home, renovate it and give it a face lift so to speak, but renovations can be quite costly if you aren’t careful. This is why we have brought you these five tips for renovating your house on a budget. You still get that new look while keeping a few more bucks in your pocket.
- Repurpose – just because you want to renovate your home doesn’t mean you have to purchase all new items, you can take your old items and give them a new look with some paint or other accessories. This is a great option for those crafty individuals. Want new items, try a thrift store, give someone else’s trash a new home, most times you can find gems that just need painted or cleaned.
- Become a DIYer – while you may not be able to do major things like electrical work or plumbing there are probably little things throughout the renovation that you are able to complete yourself in turn saving you a few dollars here and there.
- Utilise the space you have – while you may think you need a bigger room and are prepared to knock out some walls in order to gain space, stop and think about how you can increase your space without making a major change like removing a wall or making an addition. Sometimes just by adding some extra storage areas you can give the look of a bigger space and when you don’t need to knock out a wall or build an addition you can save thousands on your renovation.
- Demo & Clean Yourself – if you need to do any demo work or cleanup work done be sure to let your contractor know you will take care of these things. Most times your contractor is on the clock when at your place so save some money and do the demo and cleanup yourself.
- Don’t Move Plumbing – If you can avoid moving your kitchen sink or bathroom toilet we recommend you leave those items where they are. The cost of moving these items and their plumbing can rack up a pretty hefty bill. The same can be said with electrical things as well, for some reason these two areas are some of the most costly things to renovate.
Be creative and look for new ways to use old things as well as saving money, at the end of the day you will be happier.