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Home Renovation on a Budget

Whether big or small, home renovation costs can quickly get out of control. Here’s how you can keep your renovation on budget.

 

Creating and sticking to a budget

Create a spreadsheet or a list on a piece of paper and include the costs of all the works that need to be done. Request free quotes from professionals to get an exact idea of the amount of money you’ll spend on re-tiling the bathroom floor or adding cabinets in the kitchen. It is only after making up the list will you see areas that are eating up a lot of your budget. Make adjustments on expensive materials, and if necessary, cut out items altogether.

First things first – be realistic.

Make a realistic plan or list of work that has to be done and honestly decide which one is for DIY and which ones are to be handled by professionals. For instance, hiring a pro for light demolition like taking down unwanted cabinets, appliances or tile work is not necessary. Unless you’re not really into DIY, take care of these little tasks yourself.

Don’t rush through things

Take your time to carefully and meticulously plan everything! Wait for that additional paycheck that is due next month before starting to buy materials. If you are aware of any future sales promotion on any essential construction materials, then hold back until the items are on a discounted price.

A step by step process

When renovating on a budget, it is always wise to tackle one room at a time. If you have started with the kitchen, don’t start work on another room before finishing. Even if you have to wait one more month to start work on a new room, do it. Proceeding step by step will prevent you from living in a house with unfinished rooms for months.

Reusing whatever can be reused

A practical way to save money is reusing old furniture, cabinetry and some appliances. Give them a touch of fresh paint or have them repaired by professionals before buying new ones. Items like kitchen cabinets and book shelves can be renovated on a budget. You can also look for used items on the internet to buy from people who are moving and want to get rid of their old, but still usable, materials.

Ask for help

Don’t hesitate to ask friends to help. If you know someone in the trading professional services, ask for their help and see if they can give you a discount or a package of all the work they can perform.


DIY v/s Professional Home Renovation

Embarking on a DIY home renovation project is a great idea. The planning, actual work and final result can be really therapeutic as it imparts homeowners a sense of control. However, DIY doesn’t necessarily mean taking over the whole project on your own. Sometimes, and especially for some work, the help of professionals is crucial.

What can I really do myself?

Well, realistically, there are various works that do not require previous experience or expertise in a particular field. Some work can be done with the help of other family members and done with your partner together with the children, including:

Repainting interior walls, doors and the exterior facades
• Adding interior or exterior lighting to update fixture décor
• Refreshing your cabinets with fresh paint
• Hanging wall art in a room to change its look
• Enhancing any room with new window coverings

Home renovation starts with good planning

Making mistakes and running into unforeseen problems are part and parcel of any DIY projects. That is why planning everything from small sketches to making a list of materials needed is so important. And it’s during the planning that you’ll decide which work you can tackle yourself, and which ones will be managed by professionals. Additionally, a well prepared plan should take into account the available budget. Visit home renovation professionals websites and request free quotes on the various services they offer! This will give you an idea of the amount of money you’ll spend hiring experts in the field.

Tackling your house’s structural repairs

Unless you are an experienced mason or architect, tackling structural repairs in any house or building on your own is strictly forbidden. Most old homes have structural problems, and as homeowners, you should expect these types of building to have structural wear. Repairs of this nature need to be thoroughly inspected and evaluated by certified engineers, architects or a team of contractors.

DIY is the solution to unlock your creativity

DIY is an expressive way to tap into your creativity. Don’t be shy to experiment with new colours, shapes and concepts for your home renovation project. Whether you’re being helped and advised by professionals or repainting your walls, don’t be afraid to express your views if you don’t agree with some of their propositions. Go on Pinterest or any other social platforms for inspiration and start planning your home renovation project today.


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