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How to Remodel a Home on a Shoestring Budget

Everyone likes to freshen up their home every once in a while. Perhaps you’re tired of the old look or you just want to flex your renovating skills and create something beautiful all over again. Either way, renovating is an option. However, a lot of people don’t renovate all that often because it’s a costly endeavour and they don’t think it’s worth the trouble. However, the truth is, with a little bit of craftiness and creativity, you can renovate your home on a tight budget and create something gorgeous out of it.

1. Make some tiny changes

When you think of remodelling, your eyes are probably aimed at big projects such as paint-jobs and flooring. However, even the tiniest of changes can make a significant impact on the aesthetics of your home. Most importantly, these kinds of changes and renovations won’t put a dent in your budget.

Most people forget to pay attention to their switch plate covers. After all, the dusty, yellow-tinted look doesn’t really catch your eye when you’ve lived somewhere for a long while. However, you can be sure that it impacts the perception of your home. Replacing them with brand new pearly white ones will make all the difference and they don’t cost more than a dollar each.

You probably don’t pay any mind to door knobs and handles. They aren’t very noticeable, but guests would most certainly point out new ones made of brass if you installed them. They’re finishing touches that can really put your room together.

2. Clean house

Before you decide to really get down to renovating, you need to clean up. Cleaning your home will cost you nothing but time, and it can make your home look a lot nicer to boot. Start by putting everything where it belongs. You don’t want a bunch of unnecessary things cluttering up your living room after all. A good, clean space is a lot easier to manage and renovate.

You would be surprised at how much better your home can look when all the clutter is removed. In fact, sometimes the biggest part of the clutter is just how things are arranged. The way your furniture is spread out in a room can really influence how it feels. When you organize things well, you can create a more spacious feeling without buying or selling a single item. Considering the fact that cleaning and rearranging things don’t cost you anything, you can consider it the ideal way to give some more personality to your home without spending any money.

3. Know when to replace

Replacing things is a very costly decision. When something breaks down, you are faced with an all too common dilemma: “do I fix it or do I throw the whole thing away?”. The truth is that there is no simple answer to this question and you need to look at it from a case-to-case basis.

When your appliances start showing problems and they don’t work as well as they used to, you have to decide between going shopping or getting your DIY groove on. A long while ago, it might have seemed practical to just outright buy a new mixer or refrigerator, simply because you can’t possibly find the means or parts to repair them in a timely fashion. However, nowadays it’s not all that difficult to find affordable home appliance parts online for your appliances. The internet is a seemingly endless source of things to buy and it contains guides to repair just about anything. You don’t have to spend money on a repairman if you have what it takes to read a guide and do it yourself.

4. Invest in long-term fixes

Sometimes, to save money you need to spend money. When you spend cash on useful investments that will eventually pay off, you can’t really consider it an expense. It’s more like a cost-saving measure that takes a while to manifest itself.

When you introduce improvements that increase the efficiency of your home and make it more comfortable, you’re not exactly throwing money away. Certain types of renovations can be considered profitable. Changes to doors and windows to make them more air-tight allow them to keep energy inside and reduce your heating bill significantly.

If you intend to sell your home eventually, then you can take this line of thinking much further. Your renovations become very high-profit changes that result in greater returns on investment than you could have expected. A shiny new floor that would replace the old one will pay for itself many times over when potential buyers come knocking on your door.

Conclusion

Renovating your home doesn’t have to be all that expensive or difficult. You can make some pretty noticeable changes with even the tightest budget. If you decide to renovate your home, make sure that you introduce some of these ideas into your home, both your family and your wallet will appreciate the effort.

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Written by Stella Ryne

Stella is an art historian, traveler, conscious consumer and  a proud mother.
 
When she is not trying to improve the things around her (and herself, for that matter), she likes to lose herself in a good book.

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