Who says you need to have a massive budget to transform your home? It’s completely possible to achieve a beautiful home remodel with a modest budget and a creative eye. Whether you want to focus all of your attention on one room or you’re hoping to spread your budget across several areas, there are methods to do so with limited funds. All it takes is the right know-how.
So what is the key to a beautiful home remodel on a budget? Transform your abode for a small price tag by following these tips and tricks.
Where Should I Start?
It can be difficult to get the ball rolling when you decide to take on a home remodel project. Follow these steps to get started and set yourself up for success throughout the entire process.
Square Away Your Budget
Before you do anything else, get realistic about how much you can actually spend. This will inform the rest of your remodel planning. Set a budget and account for a cushion of 15-20% for the inevitable bumps and setbacks you’ll run into along the way. Most home projects will come with some unexpected problems at some point in the process.
Plan the Remodel
Now that you have a figure, start brainstorming the projects you want to complete. What area of your home needs the most sprucing up? Which room would you like to make your own? When you’re working with a slim budget it can be hard to narrow down what areas to focus on. Be sure to take your time deciding where to direct your time and money.
Which Rooms to Focus on
Depending on your budget, you’ll likely only get to remodel a room or two. Be sure to be discerning when you settle on an area. Ask yourself which rooms could most benefit from a refresh. Let’s take a look at some popular rooms you might want to consider focusing on.
The kitchen is often the heart and soul of a home. It makes sense to focus a limited budget on such a central space. There are plenty of quick, easy redesign projects you can take on to transform this area. Painting cabinets can be an affordable, fairly easy way to breathe new life into a kitchen. Changing out the hardware can also drastically change the feel of a kitchen. If you’re feeling especially ambitious, replace the backsplash. If you’re hoping to replace your sink, faucet, or other appliances on a budget, check out Habitat for Humanity or other similar establishments for deals on lightly used appliances.
The bathroom can serve as a sanctuary and a tranquil space to start and end your day right. One easy way to customize this space is to replace the vanity mirror with one that better captures your unique taste. If you want to refresh your bathtub but don’t necessarily want to put down the cash for a new one, you can refinish it instead. Painting and changing out the lighting fixture among other simple aesthetic changes can also update the look and feel of your bathroom for a small price tag.
The living room is another important meeting ground of any home. If you want to expand this space and you’re up for a more involved project, you can remove a non-loadbearing wall. While it may take some effort, this project isn’t as much of a cost commitment as it may seem. Another great way to update a living room is to replace the flooring with new carpet or manufactured wood. You can also invest in lightly used, new-to-you furniture. And, of course, you can paint your living room to give it a completely new feel.
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More Quick Tips
As you solidify a plan for your remodel project, try to get creative with how to stretch your dollar. There are countless small but meaningful changes you can make to infuse more “you” into your home. Here are a few more tips to get you started.
Try doing renovations in the winter months. Manufacturers may offer discounted prices during the winter. You can find deals like close-out prices on appliances.
We already mentioned this in some of the points above but it’s hugely helpful to shop second hand when you’re doing a home remodel on a budget. Reach for recycled or lightly used fixtures and building materials to save money and achieve a unique, stylish remodel.
Focus on smaller, more manageable projects. Don’t get bogged down by the scale of every project you hope to complete down the road. Break it down into bite-sized mini-projects you can achieve with a modest budget. Think painting, changing out hardware, and mixing up the decor.
Don’t throw out that “junk” – about 85 percent of a house is reusable. You can receive a tax deduction by donating old building materials and appliances from your remodel to Habitat for Humanity.
Prep your walls for painting with a filament such as Texturglas for a smoother application.
Don’t mess with the plumbing or wiring in your home. If possible, plan your remodel around these elements. Adjusting these can be a costly, time-consuming undertaking. Plus you can cause damage to your home if you DIY plumbing or electrical incorrectly.
Don’t underestimate what a small budget and an industrious spirit can achieve when taking on a home remodel. There are plenty of ways to make your space feel more like you without breaking the bank. All you need to do is use a bit of creativity and plan carefully.
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