Whether it’s one room or the whole property, it’s no secret that remodelling your home can cost a fortune. With so many factors to consider, tools to buy and professionals to hire, it can seem almost impossible to get what you want from your budget. But what if we told you that it doesn’t have to be this way?
With some careful planning, home improvement can certainly be done on a budget. Here’s our top tips for saving money without compromising on the final result…
Shop second hand
For many people, remodelling a home also means replacing some or most of the furniture. After all, when you’re changing the overall theme of your spaces, chances are that your current furniture will no longer match. But this doesn’t mean you have to blow your budget shopping for new options.
First of all, take a look at your tables, chairs, couches and other items and think about whether any could be adapted to suit your new design theme. With a coat of paint or some re-upholstering, you might be able to transform your current pieces into new and improved versions of themselves.
If that doesn’t work – or if you’re still missing some crucial pieces of furniture – hit the second-hand stores or online marketplaces. You might be able to score some real bargains for a fraction of the price you’d pay when buying new. If done right, this could save you hundreds if not thousands in comparison to buying brand new options.
Get more than one quote
When you’re renovating, there are some expenses you just can’t avoid – such as hiring contractors to do what you can’t. When hiring electricians, plumbers or carpenters, be sure to ask around for recommendations and request a written quote from each one. Try to do this with quite a few different tradespeople or companies, as it will allow you to see which one is willing to get the job done for the best price. By doing this, you’re bound to save even a little bit of cash – and all you have to do is give a few extra people a call.
Become a DIY-er
Every home improvement project comes with a myriad of little tasks that may be tedious or slightly time consuming, but are easy enough for you to do yourself. If you have the time and really want to save some money, go through your plan and identify all the areas where you could roll up your sleeves and get to work. Whether it’s painting a room, landscaping your own garden or installing your own storage units, by doing what you can you will be able to save some money on hiring people to do it for you.
Published: 29 Aug 2017