Sometimes homeowners just need an update to their space. Whether you are looking for a complete redesign to make your home more functional or simply want to spruce up some of the rooms, there are ways to make your mission much more efficient.
Establish Your Budget
Before you get started, it is crucial to take the time to plan out everything for your home renovation. The most important thing to start with is your budget. While having an overall cost is important to consider, you must also make sure to divide the overall cost into various categories. You need to account for demolition, construction, materials, transportation, professional assistance, furniture, appliances, and whatever else you plan to renovate. You must also include a fund for incidentals, especially if you plan to conduct a lot of construction.
Take the Time to Plan
Once you have your budget, it’s time to get started planning your home update, whether it’s an extension or an interior makeover. Instead of spending a large chunk of your budget on getting professional assistance in this area, take the time to do some research and really plan out your home. It is crucial for you to get all the necessary measurements of the rooms you are looking to renovate and to create a floor plan with as many details as possible. Take note of any wires, supporting walls and beams, and other essential home components. You should also consider the interior design of your plans — whether you want Southwest style, something modern and chic or cozy with a farmhouse look . Think about colors, types of material, and overall design.
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And during this step, don’t forget about the outside of your home as well. Consider any pool renovations and fixtures, yard upgrades, and even creating a patio lounge to enjoy during summer.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
When looking to make your home renovations simple and affordable, your main goal should always be to work as smart as possible. Instead of hiring a team of painters and cabinet installers, for example, try to recruit your friends and family to help with the process. You can offer to buy pizza for all, and save quite a bit in labor costs.
During renovations, you should also consider plans that will make your home life more efficient in the long run. Consider upgrading your outlets to be USB friendly and adding smart technology around your home, such as lighting, security, thermostats, and speakers. They might cost a little more upfront, but can help save you time and money in the long run.
Prepare with Care
In order to get things up and moving quickly for your big renovation project day, weekend or week, you need to have your space organized and tasks allocated. It’s also a good idea to have a rough timeline in place as it will help you track your progress and see if you’re ahead or behind schedule when the work is well underway. In addition, having your building materials and tools together and construction safety gear ready (for you and those helping) will make it easier to get started and save time that would be spent looking for that one tool. And don’t forget about site prep before your crew gets there!
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
One of the biggest costs during home renovation is the materials and tools, but it doesn’t have to be. Before you go and buy a bunch of tools and devices, ask your friends and family what they have that you can borrow. Look around your pre-renovation home with a mindset of up-cycling. You can upcycle lighting or old furniture, such as dressers, into sinks — you just need to put your creative thinking cap on (or find a friend who is a DIY enthusiast). When it comes to materials, your best and cheapest bet is to make some phone calls. Many contractors and home improvement companies have a problem of excess material that they will throw out because of sizing, color, or another factor. But most of the time, those items are perfectly usable and you can easily spruce them up to match your plan.
You can also go shopping for home renovation needs at construction dump sites and thrift stores. If you find items that are slightly damaged, you can easily use some do it yourself magic to bring them back to life, saving you bundles of money.
Get Affordable Help
Hiring a full renovation team can be expensive and take a lot of time. If you are on a mission to get things done quickly, effectively, and affordably, consider looking for help online. With apps like TaskRabbit and Fiverr, you can recruit assistance from the pros without having to sign up for long contracts and hefty prices. The taskers you recruit can help achieve tasks you’re unsure about, such as installation, removing construction debris, and painting.
At the end of the day, home renovation does not have to be years of stress. You can get your dream home as efficiently and stress-free as possible.
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