Beginning a renovation project is an exciting time. It may be that you’ve recently moved house and it needs decorating or perhaps your existing house could do with an upgrade. Either way, funding the process is easier said than done. It can be difficult to decorate your whole home on strict budget, but rest assured – it is doable!
Here’s a look at some ways you can renovate on a budget:
Get Your Finances In Order
Before you start any major development project, you must get your finances in check. This means you need to analyse the funds you have available in your savings pot stashed away. Consider whether you’ll need to borrow any more money given the scale of the project. Before you start buying luxury outdoor furniture and expensive bedroom furnishings, make sure you’ve got the bare bones of your budget sorted out. If you do need to borrow more money, then try to borrow from friends and family before you turn to the bank or other lenders.
Set Achievable Goals
Setting realistic, tangible goals is a vital part of project planning. This will allow you to have a clear overview of the project. Consider what you’re hoping to achieve by the end of the project. Set attainable goals of what you can afford, and evaluate which rooms genuinely need renovating. You then need to establish how long the project may take and whether you’ll need to hire help. If the refurbishment overruns, it could end up become costly. Wherever possible, set out a structure of what you’d like to be completed and when by to help you stay on track.
Shop Around For The Best Deals
You may believe that buying materials online would be the cheaper option, however, in some instances delivery costs can be high – particularly if you’re ordering conservatory furniture. Shop around your local stores to see if there are any good deals which may save you money. If you find somewhere local, you could even arrange your own transportation and save on delivery costs.
Don’t Deviate From The Plan
Once you start renovating one room, it can be tempting to continue with another two or even three! However, you need to be strict and stick to your plan. If you’ve only budgeted for a certain number of rooms, it makes no sense to deviate and stretch out your budget – or worse, stretch it out too thin and decorate at a low standard. You can always begin renovating other rooms in the future.
Have A Contingency Plan
You should always put some money aside for emergencies. That way, should the unexpected happen, you’ve got some back up funds to cover it. Of course, you should ensure your home is covered under suitable insurance, but this may not be applicable to each and every eventuality.