Your home probably needs to be renovated. That’s just a statistical probability. After all, 85% of homes in the United States were built before 1980. This means that they are in need of home improvement projects. Luckily, there are options. Of course, you still want to make these home improvements for as affordable a price as possible, but how can you truly renovate your home while sticking to a tight budget?
Shop Around for Everything
It may seem easier or more convenient to just go to one store for everything when you’re renovating your home, and in all fairness it is easier to go this route. You could hire a professional, which about 88% of people did in 2017 for home renovations, or you could do these renovations yourself. The issue is that for anyone working on a budget this can be costly and therefore impractical. One item you need can easily be cheaper at another store. Furthermore, many stores will charge more for a product in store than it will cost online. Luckily, most stores are willing to price match these for you. If they’re not, just buy the product online.
So, while it may be a little less convenient, there is a lot of money to be saved by shopping around than hoping you get the best price at the first store you go to.
Find Alternatives to Complete Remodels
There are some things that cost tons of money, but seem unavoidable. For instance, getting new cabinets can be a difficult process that breaks the bank. Then, ultimately, you don’t have more cabinet space, just different cabinets than you had before. Some money saving tips are to paint your cabinets a new color and replace your fixtures. This makes them look new and helps your kitchen fit a new aesthetic that you’ve designed for it.
Throughout the home, there are tons of different small alternatives to full remodels like this that can help save you money. It just requires a bit of creativity.
Keep the Same Layout
When remodeling, it can get very expensive to change the entire layout of a room. Think about the bathroom. If you want to move the bathtub from one side of the room to the other, not only do you need to remove the tub and buy a new one, you also need to completely redo the plumbing. This gets very expensive very quickly. Avoid this by keeping the same layout that you had before the remodel. This will let you modernize appliances and give different rooms throughout your house a new look, without pushing the bounds of your budget.
Make Sure That You Can Trust Your Contractor
Did you know that about 75% of people will judge a company based on how their website is designed? Now, maybe that’s judging a book by its cover, but it makes sense. If they don’t know how to, or don’t care to, put the effort into designing their own website, how credible is the information on it? How credible are they as a business? Make sure to read reviews on any contractor you use and understand if they’re the best value possible for you. That way you know you’re receiving quality work that won’t need to be redone, while also getting the work done at the best possible value for you.
At the end of the day, the best way to renovate your home on a budget is by sticking to your budget. Don’t bend corners on your budget, because it will quickly get out of control from there. Instead, find alternatives and look for cheaper alternatives to get the most you possibly can out of the remodel.