Remodeling Your Home: More For Less

Remodeling Your Home: More For Less
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    Many people have a desire to remodel their home but would never consider it because of the expense involved.

    Whether you are making a more comfortable place for you to live, getting your house ready to sell or trying to update things, there are ways to do so within a comfortable budget.

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Before making any changes in the house, it is best to organize and clean up your home so that all the clutter is gone. This will clear up space and give you a realistic look at where new things can go. Moving things from room to room will make your home more functional and you may not need to change everything you thought you wanted to change.

Stay in Budget by Making Small Changes

In order to save money, it is wise to make the changes that will get the most for your money. Things like paint, lighting, flooring, and arrangement of appliances and furniture. There are other things you may consider before you tackle bigger things, such as:

  • Repairing instead of replacing things
  • Painting the trim instead of painting the whole house
  • Sponge painting instead of wallpapering
  • Changing the hardware of cabinets rather than completely replacing the cabinets
  • Putting a new bedspread on a bed and changing the curtains can brighten up a room. Full-length curtains create a more elegant and positive atmosphere than a normal curtain.
  • Using peel and stick contact paper with stainless steel finishes on appliances
  • Installing new switchplate covers
  • Changing your doorknobs, handles, and hinges
  • Changing your lampshades
  • Covering your furniture with a slipcover or fabric
  • Hanging new photos, art, and/or mirrors on the walls
  • Changing the rugs. A rug designed with varied textures and finishes really spruces up a room

Other ideas include hanging chic shutters. You can hire a professional to install small shutters for complete privacy. These lights also enable more light to get into your home. You can get rid of window treatments altogether if you add light voile drapes.

If your water pressure is low, you can upgrade your shower. By installing a pump to increase the pressure along with a thermostatic shower valve to maintain the temperature, you can give yourself a spa-like experience for less than $500.

A skylight or new flat-room system is a relatively inexpensive way to bring beautiful light into dark areas of the home. You can use a stylish stair runner to make the stairs look beautiful.  Last but not least, you can install a fireplace. If you speak to other people who have redecorated their home successfully, you will be able to get even more ideas.

Remodeling Tips to Save Money

It is necessary to know where spending more money will save it in the long run. There are ways to cut down on costs that people may not think of when they are faced with the magnitude of remodeling their home.

  • Gather Family and Friends to Help You
    • For the price of a pizza and some beers, family and friends can help with some of the simpler things, such as:
    • Simple tiling job
    • Landscaping
    • Painting, including the preparation
    • Fencing
    • Assembling furniture
    • Assembling a flat back kitchen
  • Shop Online and at Auctions For Bargains

    Ask for trade prices and look for ‘scratch and dent’ and ‘discontinued’ sales. You can save a great deal of money on labor, materials, and supplies by shopping around. It may take a bit of time, but it is worth it.

  • For the Important Jobs, Pay Professionals

    Although you may think you are saving money by doing things yourself, in the long run some do-it-yourself efforts can cost you much more money.

    For all electrical, plumbing, and structural work, hire professionals. Get at least three quotes and remember that cheaper doesn’t always mean better. Get references from previous clients to make sure your money is being spent wisely.

  • Do-it-yourself Lessons

    If you have any friends with trades, ask them if they will give you tips regarding tools. The web has a lot of do-it-yourself resources. There are many experts on Youtube that teach on every kind of skill imaginable.

    Because it is visual as well as audio, it is easier to learn from Youtube.  Just type into your browser everything you want to learn and you will find many instructional videos from various people. Find ones that are the most helpful for your style of learning.

  • Renovations That Bring Long-term Savings
    • Longer-term savings of energy-efficient technology or materials save money in the long-run. Consider these basic energy savings ideas:
    • Solar panels
    • Rainwater Tanks
    • LED lights
    • Good quality insulation

With all of these ideas, anyone should be able to change their home in a positive way without breaking their bank.

Credit reference:
Before starting any remodeling or home improvement project, have your home checked for hidden leaks that might cause water damage and ruin any of the above article changes. You can find plumbers who specialize in this such as Fix It Right Plumbing for leak detection services in Melbourne. 

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