Every home needs work done and it is never the perfect time to spend huge amounts of money. But if you are willing to invest some thought and effort into your home, you can renovate it and still have money left over.
Plan And Research
Prior to starting a project of renovating your home, you need to do some careful planning. Be sure to hire a reputable contractor if you are doing serious remodeling in order to spare yourself future headaches.
Once you know what needs to be changed, determine the best order of your actions, for example, do not paint your walls until you are done with replacing the floor. The order in which you do things will determine the pace of your investment.
Reuse And Recycle
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. There is nothing wrong with using reclaimed building materials.
For example, you can use the materials from a wall you have just knocked down to build a new one. Also, if you do not have your own, they are available for sale.
Apart from the building materials, you can also find used doors, windows, fixtures, furniture etc. Another “re” in this category is recycling. Use recycled materials for your floorboards or kitchen tops.
Remodel Your Bathroom At A Fair Price
One of the most important rooms in your home is certainly the bathroom.
No matter how hard you scrub an old bathroom, it always tends to look slightly dirty so try renovating instead. You can replace the tiles or alternatively, repaint them.
When purchasing tiles, again try looking for something which is “outdated” and you are bound to get a much more affordable price.
Repainting the tiles and replacing the fixtures will give your bathroom a whole new glow. If you are looking into replacing the toilet bowl, the sink or the tub, make sure you keep the new ones in the same place. If you want to rearrange them, try to keep the taps where they used to be. This will save you the cost of hiring a plumber to do new piping for you.
You can dispose of an old cupboard and place some shelves. This way you will have an appropriate replacement at an affordable price, plus you will have more space.
Remodel The Kitchen
When it comes to tiles and fixtures, you can pretty much do it the same way you did the bathroom.
Also, you can use old bricks to make a kitchen island or a bar counter which will give a whole new layout to space. A bar counter is a perfect way of handling kitchen-dining room-living room joint areas in small homes. It can give some privacy to the kitchen and it can be used for eating.
I have already mentioned using recycled materials for countertops. You can use cheap or reclaimed kitchen cabinets and improve them by replacing the hardware.
Being prepared to roll up your sleeves will save you a lot of money. Perhaps you will not be able to do certain things as well as a professional would, but you will slowly get there.
Of course, be self-conscious when deciding which tasks you can take on. Certain highly skilled work is better left to professionals so do not try to meddle with your home’s wiring or plumbing.
On the other hand, jobs such as painting, replacing hardware and light switches, setting up floors, tiling etc. are something you can certainly do.
Know When To Save And When To Splurge
A part of the planning process should be deciding on how you can compromise. Certain things do not have to be top-quality while others do.
Lower quality work or materials can end up costing you more in a long run.
Painters recommend saving by choosing a color from a cheaper palette but never by opting for a lower quality one. With poor quality colors, it is very likely that you will end up having to repaint your walls.
The same principle applies to manpower. This is another warning not to take on too much when doing DIY.
Remodeling and renovating take time and money. You do not have to give up if you lack the latter, you can still do it on a low budget.
All you need to do is invest time in developing a strategy and handling the tasks one by one.