Wish you could spruce up your home? Who doesn’t? We all wish we could add another bathroom, expand a room, or install new hardwood floors. The problem is: that costs money.
But improving your home doesn’t need to break the bank. That’s why today we’ll be looking at:
7 tips for renovating your home on a budget.
1) Gather Tools and Materials
Most everyone has a hammer, nails, a tape measurer, screws and a screwdriver in their home—that’s great. If you’re looking to do some more serious home renovation, though, those tools probably won’t cut it.
Save money on tools and necessary materials (i.e. saw horse) by borrowing them from your friends or family, rather than purchasing new tools from Lowe’s that will sit unused in storage after your project.
2) Give Your Floors a New Look
Staining or re-staining your floors is one of best ways you can transform the look and feel of a home while staying budget friendly.
- Rent an industrial sander from Lowes or a general supply co. and sand.
- Then sweep and clean the floors
- Next apply your stain. Let dry. Apply another coat of stain. Let dry.
- Finish by applying a final coat of floor Poly to add a durable and glossy finish.
Renovating your floors is more of a patience game than it is hard work. Each cycle of drying can take a full day (or more) so make sure you plan accordingly.
3) Have a Cooling and Heating System Installed
HVAC systems are a great way to add value and comfort to your home. They’re also inexpensive in comparison to many other home remodeling and renovation projects. We actually had an HVAC specialist write about HVAC system value. Read what he said here.
4) Give Your Home A New Coat of Paint
Unless the prices of paint skyrocket because of some global crisis, painting your home’s interior or exterior will forever remain on the list for budget-friendly renovation projects. Adding a new coat to one of your rooms (or perhaps your whole house) can transform a home. Painting is also a great way to change the mood of a room. Want a brighter feel? Use a lighter color. Want a more reserved feeling? Go dark. Makes sense, I know.
5) Plan With Stock Sizes and Materials In Mind
One of the roadblocks that many people hit when renovating their home on a budget is that they wait until they NEED a project done. Instead, save money by being proactive and thinking about your next renovation project a few months in advance. Then, be on the lookout for the materials you’ll need and evaluate the stock sizes of those materials. In other words, ask yourself: why am I building something 10 feet long when the boards at the store only come 8 ft. long? If you’re able, consider altering your project to fit the realm of stock sizes.
6) Do Your Own Demolition
Remember when I said that most people own a hammer? Put it to use or borrow a sledgehammer from a friend and take care of the front-end demo of your project. It will cost you a few hours and some sweat and hard work, but it will save you unnecessarily high costs a contractor will charge you.
7) Do Finish Work Yourself
Consider doing the work on the back-end of the project as well. Let’s say you’ve decided to remodel your upstairs bathroom. Hire out the installment of the sink, the floor replacement and custom cabinetry to a contractor. Then, save the painting of the walls and the staining of the cabinets for your own time and dime.
Combine #6 and #7 and you could save hundreds, even thousands, on your next home improvement project.
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