Renovating your property can be hard work but it can also be an amazing journey at the same time.
It is easy to get carried away with brilliant ideas and beautiful concepts which is why some folks find it difficult to manage. So, if you have not renovated a property before, you might feel intimidated or might feel that it is too big a challenge.
Cast your worries aside!
Here are 5 handy tips that you can use when renovating a property on a budget.
#1- First things first: the budget
Let’s start with the thing that will determine the renovations of your house: the budget. This is a word most people don’t like to hear because it often means that they will have to limit their expense.
It is important for you, however, to think of a practical number and amount that you would like to spend on the house and calculate the renovations from there!
The last thing you want to do is end up in a mountain of debt crashing on you.
If you can’t stick to the budget, make a list of things that can wait until later when you do have enough money to complete them.
#2 – Plan, plan, plan!
In order for you to stay within the budget you so carefully calculated, you must do the necessary planning.
What do we mean by this?
You need to know exactly when certain things need to be done and which aspects of the project need priority. For example, if you are renovating the bathroom, you need to hire a plumber to complete all the plumbing before you can go off tiling the room.
This will also help you to limit your expenses – pay the plumber first before buying tiles that you might not be able to afford.
#3 – Research: what will increase the property value?
Any remodeling will increase the value of a property when it is done correctly, but you need to determine what exactly is it that will make this house worth a whole lot more in the long run.
When renovating think of things like cabinets, built-in cupboards, and shelves – storage that people want when buying property. Air-conditioning units will also add value to the home as the house will be sold with all these aspects in it.
#4 – Time to go shopping!
This is one of the few times where you are absolutely encouraged to shop around, so take advantage of it!
Take enough time to research every little aspect of your renovating process.
A great idea would be to visit open homes in the suburb to find out what the house is lacking and what the people look for in a house.
Once you have identified what you need to build in a house, you can start your shopping spree! Remember to do research in this regard as well to ensure that you get the best prices for good quality materials.
#5 – Saving whilst spending is a real thing!
On the topic of saving money, you should always be on the lookout for deals where you can save money during the renovating process.
Labor costs are especially important here. If there are things that you can do yourself or if you know someone who can do them for you for free, make use of it. When you do use builders or contractors it is important that you get different quotes, compare and then make a final decision.
Renovating your home requires a lot of planning, but when the final product is finished, you’ll be happy that you put in the extra effort.
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