While you might associate home renovations with a huge budget and weeks, if not months, of time-consuming work, there are some projects that cost a lot less than others and with a few tips and tricks, it’s absolutely possible to renovate your home without breaking the bank.
The following 7 tips can help you make your home into a beautiful, stylish space, for less:
- Use what you already have
Reconditioning furniture that you already have by painting or refinishing it, is an affordable way to reinvent old items that no longer match your style or tastes. While this may not have the wow factor like some bigger renovation projects, it’s a great place to start.
- Research your options when shopping for materials and appliances
Some stores may offer discounts on certain items, or deals if you purchase more than one item for example; it’s always worth shopping around when it comes to buying anything for a home renovation project.
- Add a new room
Whether you go all out and have a new room added on to your home, or cut costs and divide a larger room into two separate spaces with a folding partition or similar screen, being able to split spaces that are large enough, especially when you’re entertaining or trying to keep kids and adults separate, can be liberating!
- Update your lighting
Making changes to dated or unstylish lighting can instantly make an entire room, or home, look and feel completely new, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on this if you shop wisely.
- Add some outdoor space
Never has having some outside space to enjoy been as significant as it is now; with people stuck at home during periods of quarantine or lockdown, and desperate to be able to at least step outside for some fresh air. Decks, gazebos and even balconies can give you access to the great outdoors with a relatively small budget, and are a wonderful way to renovate your home and make it more comfortable, all year round.
- Check local thrift stores
Ditching your old, dated furniture is one surefire way to upgrade and elevate any space in your home, and it doesn’t have to mean replacing it all with expensive new items. Oftentimes, furniture at thrift stores can be cleaned up to look as good as new, and while our throwaway culture is damaging to the planet, it does have its benefits for those looking to refurnish responsibly, but stylishly.
- Don’t attempt tricky renovations yourself!
If something is beyond the realms of your capabilities, or requires an expert to handle it (such as would be the case with anything electrical or requiring a building permit), then don’t cut corners and risk jeopardizing the entire project by attempting to do it yourself, it simply isn’t worth it. Any mistakes that you make might not only ruin the effect you’re trying to achieve, but could prove dangerous to you and anyone else living in your home. Always hire professionals when needed, they’re worth investing in.
There are many more ways to renovate your home on a budget, but these are a good place to start. Even if you need to use professionals to help you complete some aspects of the project, their help will make sure your home is safe for everyone in it, and that everything meets the required health and safety standards, as well as looking fantastic.