Are you planning on renovating your house but think it’s going to cost too much and you don’t have the money? Well, here are 10 tips to help you save some pennies! Start saving those pennies now and begin renovation as soon as possible.
- Make a list of everything that needs doing or updating in your home and then prioritize them into urgent jobs (i.e. long-term problems such as wiring), medium term (such as broken windows) and short-term (bulging wall paper…).
This way, you can start off with the smaller jobs first, thereby giving yourself time to acquire funds for more expensive updates like replacing central heating systems or re-wiring.
- If you are planning on doing the job yourself, make sure you buy good quality tools because it will be cheaper in the long run and they will last longer, giving you more value for money.
You might not want to spend a load of money on buying expensive tools but if you’re only planning on doing the odd job then go for it – it’s likely that after time they will need replacing anyway because sadly cheap products don’t last very long! It will be less of a headache if you consult a professional contractor like jefferyhandyman
- Make sure your house is thoroughly clean before starting renovation work as this reduces time spent tidying up later and speeds up the process all-round.
This means shifting furniture, general tidying up (i.e. hoovering, washing floors etc.) and removing any rubbish, depending on what you’re doing.
- If you are planning to have Renovation and Remodeling Contractors in then make sure everything is tidy before they arrive because it will save time getting the place ready and it will prevent extra work for them (and therefore higher costs) like cleaning up after your messy self!
It also goes without saying that having a tidy house makes it easier to keep clean and more presentable while renovations are going on; less mess means less stress…
- Check with family and friends to see if they have any tools or appliances which they don’t use anymore and might be prepared to lend/give you (e.g. drills, saws etc.).
This saves you money and prevents you from buying tools which might not be needed in the long run.
- Use second-hand or reconditioned materials where possible because new stuff is expensive!
Stores like B&Q have a section for reconditioned products, so give them a look next time you need something new – keep your eyes peeled at car boot sales/garage sales too because these are great places to pick up items for little or no money at all.
Doing this has allowed me to have things that I would never have been able to afford if they were brand new, such as wardrobes, beds, dining room tables etc.; I’ve loads of compliments on my furniture and it’s all for a fraction of the cost!
- Look in magazines and online for inspiration because you can get ideas from other people to implement in your own home, which saves time and money in the long run!
This might involve getting an idea from a picture or borrowing some tools from someone else to save having to buy them yourself.
- Check out the DIY sections in department stores/hardware shops for sale items which could be used to update parts of your house.
I’ve been able to buy things like shelves, coat hooks etc., at a fraction of the price they would have been new just by shopping around – definitely worth checking out if you have a few extra minutes before going home!
- You sometimes get what you pay for and there is a reason that some products are more expensive than others, so shop around and compare prices before buying.
I’ve learned the hard way here; I once bought a cheap set of tools which didn’t last very long at all and left me feeling like I’d wasted my money because I would have been better off spending more on quality tools in the first place!
- If you need to raise funds while renovating then consider getting a temporary job or sell something to free up some cash – it’s time consuming but worth it if you’re struggling financially.
This might not be possible if you already work full-time and it will depend on how easy/quickly you can sell things but if it’s an option, then go for it – you might even be able to make a bit of extra cash and who doesn’t like that?!
With these ten tips, you can renovate your house on a budget. Whether it’s adding new windows or installing hardwood floors in the living room, there are many ways to save money without sacrificing quality when making improvements to your home. We hope this blog has given you some ideas for how to makeover your space while saving time and money!