6 tips on cutting costs when renovating

This is how to stick to your budget when renovating your home!

When it comes to renovating, balancing what you want with what you can afford can lead to tricky and emotional decision making.

By following some of these handy tips, you can make sure you don’t run up a costly overdraft while still getting the result you want.

1. Make a plan and stick to it

It’s a well-known fact that many renovations spiral out of control. You see things you really want and before you know it, you’ve spent three times as much on that kitchen bench, appliance or piece of furniture than you’d planned. So, do your research, make sure your choices fit within your budget, and stick to your plan!

2. Make money from your old stuff

Before you chuck out your old fixtures, fittings and furniture, check if you can sell them to someone else. The strangest things are often really popular.

People will pay over the odds to get a coloured washbasin that matches the rest of their bathroom, even if it is a nasty shade of green! What is old-fashioned or dated to you, may be retro to someone else.

3. Think long-term savings

Just because you’re renovating on a budget, doesn’t mean that you can’t buy some quality pieces, especially if they will deliver long-term savings.

Many white goods such as fridge/freezers, washing machines and dryers are now so much more efficient when it comes to running costs that it’s worth investing in a new model.

Just look around for some great deals, like the ones you can find at JB Hi-Fi Home.

4. Don’t move the kitchen sink...

... or anything that is plumbed in, if you can help it!

Moving toilets, sinks, baths and showers is often the most expensive part of kitchen and bathroom renovations.

If at all possible, just go for renewing the look of your home without having to significantly change pipes, outlets and water supplies.

If in doubt, speak to a qualified plumber, who will be able to advise you on how to make the most of your current layout.

5. Switch materials

Switching to a more affordable material is an easy way to save money during your renovation. It can save you a lot of money without changing the look or finish you want.

Kitchens and bathrooms are ideal areas to replace expensive materials with cheaper options.

Manufacturing techniques have improved so much over the last few years that even laminate floorings can look like real wood or stone,  and engineered stone surfaces can look identical to real granite benchtops.

6. Take advantage of interest free offers

JB Hi-Fi has heaps of great promotions and deals throughout the year, and interest free offers can help manage your renovation budget.

If you want to treat yourself to some new audio equipment or a bigger and better TV to top off your newly renovated look, check out what’s on offer at JB Hi-Fi.

There are always great savings on all forms of home entertainment, which means that you can splash out on something new without breaking the bank.

This article is brought to you by JB Hi-Fi.

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