Just about every homeowner I’ve every met has a wish list full of renovations and updates for their homes but sometimes the dreams are too big for the wallet.. “champagne taste on a beer budget.”
Here are some ways to get your dream home or at least close to it, for MUCH LESS!
Do as much hands on as you can! You may not be a professional carpenter or painter but you can always learn. There are some great resources at your fingertips to learn and master some great skills you can use around your house. Whenever I’m about to start a project I begin with Google, YouTube and of course Pinterest. I watch through countless videos and read many blogs to learn from the mistakes of others instead of making to same ones! Once I feel confident that I know what I am doing and understand the steps… then I go get the tools and material needed.
When shopping for a project spend a little more on tools you can use in other areas of the house or could resell (I like to sell on the Facebook Bidding Wars). If its an expensive tool and you think you might only use it once or twice then have a look around to find a tool rental in your area.
Some projects might feel intimidating or daunting to think about doing on your own but if you prepare, have the proper equipment and take it slow you might surprise yourself.
Take it Slow
When your about to start a project, take it slow! You want to avoid doing the same steps twice or having to tear up something you’ve completed in order to finish another area. When we were about to start our kitchen / dining room my husband and I sat down with a pen and paper and made a list of everything we wanted to complete in the rooms (we didn’t just think of the things we wanted done right away). Then we went back to the list and created an order that the projects should be completed in. Even though I wanted to start by tearing out the hole for our new french doors.. but by being patient and following the order we are getting everything done more efficiently without backtracking on our steps.
This is something I do on a very regular basis. When I get a chance, usually with the kids help… I put the newspaper on the floor, drink my morning coffee and flip through the flyers. I pull out my list of all our desired renovations, including materials and dimensions. I am then able to cross reference any of the items on sale.
I have gotten most of our door handles, cabinet handles, paint and mouldings at 50% – 75% off! Make it part of your routine to scan the flyers or online for sales.
Tap into your Resources
If your trying to install pot lights in your ceiling and have an electrician friend, try calling them up and see if they want a side job. Lots of tradespeople are willing to pull a side job for tax free money or even better if you can trade services (No I’m not talking about those “services” lol) If you are a hairdresser maybe you could offer some free cuts for themselves or their family… When doing our kitchen we had one of my husbands friends help with the under mount sink in exchange for a case of beer!
Start to think of who you know and how they can help.
Have an open mind
Sometimes it can be hard to compromise on a dream kitchen or master bathroom but if you have an open mind when it comes to materials you might find that there is a very similar product for a much cheaper price. For each room its a good idea to pick one thing that you are going to splurge on and then you can compromise on some of the smaller things. For the kitchen I’ve always liked the hood fan as a focal point and spend a bit more on a chimney style look.
I hope this helped, Happy Renovating!