Ways to save money on your renovations.
Renovations can cost you a pretty penny especially if you are remodelling your whole house. And whilst yes there are DIY options I don’t know about you but I would probably create a whole lot more problems trying to tackle something myself on the cheap.
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you are planning a renovation that may help you keep some costs down.
Do a master plan
Work out what your dream ideal renovations would look like. From this you can work out which parts are essentials and work bit by bit. Having the master plan means you can see how it all works together. There is no point doing one part, if later on you may need to change it!
Skylights can be a cheaper alternative to letting in natural light rather than remodelling windows and doors. In the long term also you save on electricity costs.
Try not to move sinks, toilets and pipes as this can be extremely costly to change the plumbing. Fit in your designs in the plans that already exist.
Do your own demolition
You would not think it but demolition can be costly. If you are going to do it yourself be careful not to knock out load bearing walls or cut into wiring. Also think about whether you can re-use doors and other fixtures you are taking out.
Off the shelf
Customisation is a costly deal. Try and incorporate off the shelf measurements to reduce costs. Look at places such as Bunning’s and IKEA which have set designs of kitchens and bathrooms with set measurements. See how you can incorporate these into your space.
Do not be afraid to ask for a discount. Also being friendly can go a long way. See whether shops or tradies will give you a better deal if you pay for cash. Also keep in mind industry discounts-if you have friends in the building industry use them.
If you know what you want try and find a bargain online. Tiles, taps, appliances, lights and fixtures can be bought with massive savings from a few clicks.
Painting is probably one area where DIY is pretty safe. It can cost thousands of dollars to bring in professional painters. Spend your weekends doing one room at a time and you could even organise a painting party with your friends.
Timber flooring looks nice but it can be expensive, look at alternatives such as floating laminate timber flooring-looks the same but does not come with the price tag. It is also durable and you never have to strip and repolish it saving you more money down the track.
Whilst this might not save you money renovation wise it will save you money long term if you think about making your house energy efficient. Things to think about include appliances, lighting and water saving taps.