Planning a renovation but don't want to spend a fortune? Follow these top tips to save your sanity and wallet!
Whether you’re considering renovations on your home to increase your property value, or you just want to spruce the place up for yourself, there’s no reason you can’t create positive changes in your living space without spending a fortune on the updates.
A number of small, cosmetic changes to your home can transform your entire property with minimal effort and expense, leaving you with a fresh, inviting home that’s certain to impress.
By following a few simple tips and developing a feasible renovation strategy, you’ll be sure to keep your sanity (and your wallet) in good health throughout the entire process.
1. Divide and Conquer
Start by breaking your renovation plan down into smaller, more manageable projects. If you’d like to makeover your kitchen, bath, and laundry, choose one room and make a list of all the things you’d like to change in that space. Katrina from The Organised Housewife says “Stay organised in each room and don’t allow it to get the better of you”. By keeping your goals more attainable, you’ll be more likely to finish each project, and nothing encourages renovation success more than seeing results!
2. Beautify from the Outside In
What your mother told you about beauty being more than skin deep is true, but nothing makes a house look worse than incomplete landscaping or a bedraggled lawn. Keep things neat and fresh by developing native gardening plans that you’ll be able to finish in a day, and resurface driveways and paths with paving paint. Be sure to repair any exterior surface paint that may be peeling or look dirty, particularly on the front of your home.
3. Small Changes Make a Big Difference
Inside the home, small changes like a fresh coat of paint, new switch covers and updated cabinet hardware can make a huge difference to the look and feel of a room. Replace dingy, mismatched doorknobs and paint door frames and trim to give your home’s interior a clean, well-ordered appearance.
4. Window Treatments
Internal and external window treatments not only change the level of privacy in your home, but they can also affect to the temperature and light of each room. Dean from Riverview Shutters says, “By adding manoeuvrable plantation shutters to your windows, or by installing them as room dividers, you can give a room an entirely new atmosphere without spending a lot of money”. Plantation shutters are available in a wide assortment of materials and colours, everything from timber to aluminium, so they can easily be integrated into a variety of decorating styles.
5. Work with What You’ve Got
Many times, resurfacing outdated cabinets or re-grouting dingy bathroom tile is all that’s necessary to improve the appearance of a room. Don’t break the bank replacing everything from the floorboards up. Look into affordable options to refurbish the materials you already have in your home.
6. Do Your Research
When you’re renovating on a budget, make sure you’re getting the best deal on materials. Compare prices at several stores before purchasing, and don’t forget to check online for even deeper discounts. Some web-based distributors even offer delivery for no extra charge.
7. Know Your Limits
Some projects might just be over your level of expertise. Know what’s possible for you to accomplish and what isn’t, and don’t be afraid to ask for help with installation, or contract out larger jobs to a more qualified professional.
8. Harness the Power of the Internet
Do yourself a favour and check out one some DIY videos and apps. You'll save yourself the headache of trying to figure it all out yourself, and save money doing the job right the first time.