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If you’re looking for a way to complete some projects around your house without breaking the bank, then you’re in the right place. This article is going to be all about renovating your home on a budget!
You don’t have to buy a fixer upper in order to have a home that is worth making quality changes to. I think typically homeowners just gravitate to making changes that make their space even more ‘theirs‘.
Okay, maybe it is just women that truly enjoy writing honey-do lists and planning projects… OOPS!
My husband and I bought our first home in Savannah, Georgia in 2018. We were extremely blessed and able to buy a home that was in great condition, and did not need a ton of expensive renovations.
Before buying our home, I tried to talk Travis into purchasing a foreclosure that had a lovely Pepto Bismol pink kitchen and needed upgrades desperately. He was not at all interested.
I tried to be understanding of the fact that he didn’t want to live in a construction zone with a baby on the way, but a piece of my heart was still yearning for the excitement of flipping a home.
Here we are now a few years later, and I’m wracking up the ideas for a honey-do list! Since he has decided to stay in the military, I’ve decided it is time to personalize our little space!
Renovating your home on a budget– it is absolutely achievable! Set your goals and get to work on your planning. If you’ve already established your emergency fund, then you can start on personalizing your home.
Planning your renovations
I know this sounds like a given, but planning out your renovations requires more than just deciding you want to tear out a wall. Planning out renovating your home on a budget requires 3 main parts.
- What renovation do you want to achieve?
- Can you preform the renovations, or do you need to hire a contractor?
- What is the time span that you expect the project to be completed in?
Write out every detail of the project that you want to accomplish.
Include a list of supplies that you expect would be needed to complete the renovation. Some examples of supplies include paint, decorative trim, paint brushes, nails, drop cloths and gloves. Take measurements for your project so you know estimated quantities for supplies and the approximate cost factor.
In your supply list, try to also include what tools you would need. Do you need to cut any wood? Will you be. cutting any intricate angles? Are you going to have to do any plumbing or electrical work?
A renovation timeline can be a big deciding factor on whether or not you’re going to be completing the project on your own. When will you be available to work on the project? Will you need help completing any parts of the project?
Be honest with yourself. You know you can’t work a 60 hour week at your full-time position and then come home to your project at night and work another 5 hours.
Something in your life is going to suffer. Mistakes happen more often when you’re exhausted!
Can you take any time off to work on your renovation project, or do are there any holidays coming up?
If there is a holiday coming up, does your house need to be back in order for company?
Now that you have your project broken down, you can better decide whether or not you are capable of completing it. Don’t feel guilty if you can’t do it by yourself.
Hiring a contractor might mean that your project has to sit on hold a little while longer due to your budget, but you can rest assured that the final product will be something you’re ecstatic about.
There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re going to fork out the money and hire a contractor. You want to make sure that you’re hiring someone you can depend on.
Are they licensed and insured? Do they include the supplies in their cost? Does their estimated completion time match up with your planned timeline? Are they coming recommended? Always look for reviews and pictures on websites or Facebook pages.
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The importance of quality equipment
If you’ve decided to take on your project in a DIY fashion, then you need to examine your tools and equipment. Do you already own the tools you need or are you in the market for better quality equipment?
Quality work requires quality equipment. You’re not going successfully tear out the kitchen wall and build yourself a bar if all you own is a hammer and nails.
You wouldn’t buy craft paint from a local arts and crafts store to repaint your home, so don’t buy cheap equipment!
Saw Trax is an Atlanta, Georgia based company that sells superior equipment to businesses and people that are looking to have themselves a home shop. They have multiple panel saws available, so you can find the one that fits your needs. Other equipment that they sell includes dollies, handcarts, and coro claws.
What is next on your never-ending list of home projects? Are you going to build a bench for the back porch or maybe take out a wall?
I’d love to hear about how you’re renovating on a budget.
Stick around, and you’ll get to see all that I’m getting my husband into!