Once one notices the paint peeling off the corners of the walls, the carpet has wizened and the couch doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the furniture anymore and has been the victim of one too many a sauce spillage, it is time to come unto the realization that renovation plans are right around the corner. But great renovation plans come even greater costs. Here are a few ways in which one can minimize the dent in their wallets while still making good on their renovation ideas:
Set up a working bee group:
There are several renovation jobs that one can accomplish fairly without equipment and horde of technical knowledge. These include installing new lighting equipment, changing the blinders and even painting. These simple tasks can be done without hiring help, thus saving one serving charges and consultation fees. The best way to go about these jobs is to form a working bee group amongst friends and family and trading jobs for favors and meals. This is an absolute win-win scenario, ensuring quality time with loved ones and a brilliant method of keeping the costs to a minimum.
Shore up on some DIY skills:
Basic DIY skills for home renovations require practical knowledge and the necessary equipment. The need for tools can be quenched with a quick trip to the nearest hardware store and the knowledge can be gleaned just as easily from the multitude of YouTube tutorials available online and the like. Attending local renovation workshops can also provide a great deal of insight on how to approach a renovation job. Here a few jobs one can accomplish Hans solo: painting, simple tilling and polishing and sanding the floorboards etc. another cost-cutting technique is to borrow and trade tools instead of buying them.
Branch out to shopping destinations:
Renovation implies putting a new spin; hence redecoration will play a pertinent role in the renovation projects. Shopping sprees for new lights, boards and shades and such need not necessarily take one of the home depots or the furniture enterprises but to cheaper alternatives like the flea markets and auction centers. For building supplies, one can always look online for used materials and compare prices across multiple forums before buying. The flea markets are great sources for vintage and antique pieces and they might just come significantly cheaper than store-bought products. Look out for those clearance and garage sales, keeping in mind to check the quality and features before purchasing. One never knows the perfect throw pillow or the lawn chair might just be lurking in someone’s garage.
Think long-term investments and savings:
On a shoestring budget, one often tends to overlook long-term saving options in favor of short-term cheaper solutions. However, these alternatives can save big in the long run. This is especially true for energy efficient materials and tech. These include LED lights, quality insulation and solar panels that will save much on electricity and durability.
Bite and hire a professional:
Not all renovation tasks are DIY capable. Some failed attempts may cost twice as more. Important fixings like plumbing and kitchen fittings require the skills of an experienced professional. When it comes to DIY one must be aware of when to draw the line. Hence hiring professional is a necessary cost for certain jobs and compromising might lead to botched results.