From Kayla on June 14th, 2010 in Tools and Tips
Sometimes, remodeling dreams just don’t match up with the reality of your budget. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to save while still making the changes you’ve been dreaming of. Here are 6 tips to get you started:
#1 – Keep your goals grounded in reality.
While you may love nothing more than to install a giant roller coaster around the perimeter of your house, you most likely won’t be able to afford much afterwards. Try to keep the layout of each room intact to avoid hiring plumbers and electricians to move things around.
#2 – Why buy new when you can reuse?
If the existing elements in your home are in good working order, don’t spend cash buying everything new. Your kitchen cabinets, for example, can probably create the look you want with a few coats of paint.
#3 – Be smart with DIY projects.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the majority of the population doesn’t know squat about how to electrically wire a home. This is the type of project that is better left to the professionals, so don’t risk your life or your home by attempting remodeling heroics.
#4 – Prioritize and shop around.
You might be lusting after those top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, but are they really in the budget? Prioritize and eliminate superfluous items before making purchases, and always shop around (sometimes online is best) before settling on a particular brand or style.
#5 – Ensure long-lasting results with functional design.
Sure, fantastic style and luxury can give you instant gratification, but functionality will make a room comfortable for years to come. Create an intention for each room and stick to it throughout the remodeling process.
#6 – Don’t always expect smooth sailing.
You probably think you’ve thought of everything that could possibly go wrong in your remodel. Trust me, you haven’t. Be prepared to rework your budget half-way through. Hey, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Who knows? Maybe if you stay on budget (with the help of these tips, of course), you can afford that new home theater system. Although you might have to consult your spouse on that one…