Everyone has a perfect picture of how their house should be. Which room belongs to which family member, where the television should go, when and where the new bookshelves should be? Over time that image changes with new additions to the family, or when different needs of the space available come to light.
No matter what, your home should always perfectly suit your needs. Renovation is change, and change is necessary to keep us all from losing our minds.
Change is all well and good when you can afford to actualize the vision of the home you want. In this piece, we are going to look into five different ways that will help pinch the pennies and still get your ideas from your head to your home.
1. Do It Yourself
If you want something done right, you have got to do it yourself. The DIY community is globally recognized as the fastest route from thought to real-life, as there are no middlemen involved that you have to translate all of your ideas too. This cuts out a large part of your expenses already.
With access to sites like YouTube and all of the many DIY websites that can be found online, doing the renovation work yourself has never been easier to achieve. And with the rise of Do It Yourself tool kits and flat pack furniture, it has become increasingly harder to do a bad job of it… it is up to you how you are guided through the process and to what degree.
This, is a huge money saver.
2. Comparison Shopping
Regardless if you end up doing it yourself or if you end up hiring someone to do it all for you, you will be in need of the materials to get the job underway. Shopping online at a store that you have come to trust has become the norm for, well, anything that you need purchasing these days. But just keep in mind that there is a whole wide world out there, raring to help make your renovation dreams a reality.
Find and note down what you want, and go shopping for them. Visit different stores online to your main source to see how their prices match up. Even give your local hardware stores a chance, or maybe a larger hardware chain. Local businesses are always happy to help with any and all of your home makeover needs, whereas chains usually have larger amounts of stock to browse. It’s a competitive market so there is no need to settle for whatever price you see first.
Keeping your options open and looking for the right deal helps your budget go a long way to saving money during your renovation. Giving you a lot more bang for your buck.
3. Source Leftover Materials from Manufacturers
You can never truly be comparatively shopping if you do not attempt getting your building materials straight from the source. Many upscale manufacturers have leftover materials and goods that did not sell previously, though are still desirable picks.
Getting in contact with them to see what they have stored away can save you quite a lot of money. And it is always fun seeing how creative you can be with odds and ends.
Resourcing out to the original manufacturer of any materials that look good to you, cuts corners in a way that is time saving and cost effective. It is always advised that when comparison shopping you go straight to the source. You never know what goodies they have lying around, just waiting for you to come along and reuse them toward their full potential.
4. Sticking To A Budget
Before you start out on your mission, make sure that you set yourself a decent budget. Your budget needs to be the first thing that you need to model. Take into account everything that you want to buy, and leaving yourself a little pot to the side for a ‘just in case’ fund, really helps you stay within those lines. Keeping true to your budget gives you a great vision at what is, and isn’t, possible during your renovations.
Having a realistic budget already in place before looking for materials or labors or how-to guides, keeps everything in check. From paint to piping, researching and comparing your options is essential here. If you want to save yourself a whole lot of money in the process, make sure to keep everything within your projects economic range.
Do not spend unnecessarily or merely on a whim, as these are the purchases that will truly add up and affect your project for the worse. Keeping within budget and maintaining pockets of cash for ‘just in case’ events (like if a sink that you just need overstates your kitchen allowance, or the guttering needs to be changed) will make sure that you are safe in your production.
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5. Handle Your Own Clean Up
It may not seem like the most attractive point to follow, but regardless of who ends up doing the renovation work you should look into doing the cleanup yourself. Not a desirable thing to do, but hey, hire a trailer and give yourself a day off of work and your halfway there. This will save you a lot of money because all the renovation is done, so why keep your building contractors on just to clean up the house after they are done.
When looking for trailers to hire, make sure to shop around or ask your contractor if you can rent one from them. Make sure you get the best deal for you. This will help you stay way within your budget.
Throughout this post, you will have hopefully picked up some pointers on saving a whole heap of money on your upcoming home renovations.
The one tip that we cannot stress enough is that of making yourself a budget and sticking to it.
Leaving pots of cash available for those expenses that sneak up on you, but all in all, stick to your budget and it will take good care of you.