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Curbing the Costs of Home Renovations

Let's get one thing out of the way first. Home renovation projects are very rarely cheap!


However, you don't have to bankrupt yourself when you're making efforts to update your home. With smart thinking and frugality on your side, there are ways to curb the costs. Take a look at our suggestions below, and follow them the next time you're in the planning process for a home renovation.

#1: Don't do everything at once

To save yourself money and to keep a lid on your stress levels, don't plan to make too many changes to your home in one go. Start with one or two rooms, and then make plans for any other changes down the line. You see, not only will you save money at the outset, but you might also avoid too many unexpected expenses that could put a larger dent in your bank balance.

#2: Budget for the unexpected

It's a no-brainer to suggest you need to budget before your project begins. It's important to work out how much you have to spend, and what you have to spend it on, as you won't then put yourself at financial risk. However, when budgeting for your project, do factor in those hidden and unexpected costs too. From surprise structural problems to the extra expenses you might have to cover during the renovation process, you might have to pay more than you expected. Follow the link from the previous point to learn more.

#3: Don't do everything yourself

There are some jobs you shouldn't do yourself if you don't have the knowhow. You might only make mistakes (and put yourself at risk of an injury), and you might then be forced to start again with your project or put right the damages your blunders have caused. Needless to say, you won't be doing your bank balance any favors. So, despite the expense, do hire professional contractors to carry out certain aspects of your renovation. And to save yourself more money, be sure to research professional firms before you sign any contracts, as you don't want to hire a rogue trader (or an inexperienced one) who could potentially cost you more money than you should be paying.

#4: Take on the tasks you can handle

While there are certain jobs you shouldn't do yourself; there will be others that you can. So, while you shouldn't go crazy with a sledgehammer and knock down partition walls, or take electrical wiring apart when revamping a room, you might still have the skills needed for other tasks. So, you might paint your own walls, tile your own floors, and make any necessary cosmetic touches around your property, as just a few examples. Think about the skills you have then. You see, the more you can do, the less the professionals will have to take on, so you should be able to save money as a consequence.

#5: Cut costs where you can

There are some areas of a renovation project where costs shouldn't be cut. You wouldn't want to buy cheap materials, for example, as if they weren't built to last, then you would face more expense down the line. However, you can still research local contracting firms and opt for those who offer fairer quotes. When taking on projects yourself, you might hold off until the Black Friday sales roll around, as you will be able to make savings on power tools and home decor this way. And even skip bin hire prices can vary, so look for those firms who will offer you something at a competitive price. Consider where else savings might be made and then shop around accordingly.

Thanks for reading, and good luck with your home renovation!

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