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How To Renovate On A Budget

Renovating is one of the most satisfying activities you can engage in, especially if you’ve had your home for a while. Different colour schemes can seriously improve your mental health, while adding new furniture to your home transforms a room from a dreary, familiar place to an exciting and fresh base for you and your family. Renovation is something everyone should get to experience. Sadly, not everyone will, because the cost can be prohibitive. This doesn’t have to be the case, however. Here’s how you can renovate your home on a budget.

Consider a custom kitchen

No, seriously. You can actually get good-quality custom kitchens for relatively little money these days. Granted, this is an option for those who are on a little less tight a budget than others, but if you can stretch to it then custom kitchens are a good idea. You’ll actually save money in the long run because you won’t need to keep renovating and fixing up your kitchen each time something breaks; instead, you’ll simply rework the kitchen once, then your top-quality renovation will hold out for as long as you need it to. It’s a cost-effective solution!

Get rid of woodworm

Even if you’re on a budget, getting rid of woodworm is a serious issue. Woodworm refers to the wood-eating larvae of various beetle species, and it’s a very grave problem if you’ve got anything in your home that’s made of wood (which you almost certainly have). Good-quality woodworm treatment solutions are a must if you want to save money; constantly having to revisit the wood surfaces of your home because they’re infested with woodworm is a surefire way to financial ruination. Sort the woodworm out before it overwhelms your budget!

Don’t settle

This goes as a general rule when you’re looking at renovating a home. Before you decide on anything – furniture, for example, or paint, or even a DIY specialist to help you – make sure that you shop around to ensure you’re getting the best bargain. Many renovation experts will offer discounts or special offers depending on the time of year, so keep your eye out. Don’t simply settle for a renovation quote because you’re sure you won’t find better elsewhere; instead, look around, see what you can find, and extensively debate your options before you finalise.

Create an extensive plan

Before you embark on your renovation project, you need to create a detailed, exhaustive plan of everything you’re going to do with your home. Of course, when you first create the plan, it won’t be complete; there will be several things to add later when you think of them, since you’re not going to be able to call everything to mind immediately. That’s fine, but make sure to leave space in the plan. It should ideally also include the time each part of the project will take, as well as how much each step will cost you. Speaking of which…

Make sure you have a budget

Since you’re renovating on a budget, one of the most crucial things you have to remember is to create a budget for yourself. Think about how much money you have to spend and how much you want to allocate to the project. How much will each individual stage cost? Factor in things like supplies and paints, but also don’t neglect essentials like food and drink while you’re undertaking the work. These are aspects you can often overlook, but they’ll add up quickly. Consider packing food if the home you’re renovating is not actually where you’re living.

Try to predict problems

Having a detailed and extensive plan is all well and good, but what about when something goes wrong? If this happens, it’s good to know you’ve planned for it as much as you possibly can. Try to anticipate potential problems with your renovation project. Research similar projects that people have undertaken and see where they tripped up. What steps can you take to ensure that you don’t meet a similar fate? Preventing problems before they’ve occurred is an excellent way to keep your budget manageable and keep your project in time and on cost.

Kill your darlings

There are going to be things that you’ve always dreamed of having in your home, but if you’re working to a strict renovation budget then you may have to say goodbye to some of these things. Before you begin – and at each stage of the project – ask yourself if what you want to include is strictly necessary. Does your bathroom really need that extravagant tiling? Do you absolutely need a conservatory? If the answer is no – even if you have to be harsh with yourself – then you should shelve this part of the project. Unnecessary extras can seriously overload your budget.

Do as much work as you can yourself

Don’t worry, I get it – you’re busy. Everyone is; it’s part of modern life. If, however, you can commit to doing as much of the renovation work on your property as you can, then you’ll cut costs significantly. Hiring help saves time, yes, but it also adds up in terms of cost, and before you know it you’ve spent everything you were hoping to make back when you thought of selling the property in the first place (if this is what you were intending to do with it, of course). See how much of the renovation work you can realistically do yourself. Don’t be afraid to enlist family members or friends!

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