House renovations have a reputation of burning a hole through your life’s savings. If you want to stay away from going into debt, here are a few reminders for homemakers to take note of to not splurge too much on their home improvement projects.
Keep a tight schedule
An extended home renovation project is the worst fear of any homemaker. Besides prolonging the ‘under construction’ look of your home, you won’t be able to do other activities such as safely inviting people over or simply taking time to yourself with all the buzzing and hammering that’s ringing throughout the entire house.
If you want to avoid having an extended renovation period, then it’s best that you keep a short list of the essential parts of the home that you need to be fixed paired with a timetable. The limited time for construction will enable you to keep your labor costs at a minimum when hiring outside help for the heavy lifting that you can’t do on your own such as plumbing and electric wiring.
Choosing the best materials
Shopping around for the ‘best’ materials doesn’t always have to mean that they’re the most expensive items in Home Depot. What you should always consider first and foremost is if the material you’re purchasing is the best to use depending on its application. For constructing greenhouses, is it the best choice for you to buy glass panels or install polycarbonate panels instead? For dealing with fencing, is it cheaper to install cement fences or metal grills?
Finding the right solution for the purpose that you’ll use it can make a big difference when it comes to maintenance and application. For example, luxury vinyl flooring is the best and cheapest option to use in contrast to buying genuine wood or marble. Since it’s made of composite materials, it’ll last considerably longer with an added benefit of being scratch and stain-proof. In the long term, you’ll be spending less on maintaining it than you would in purchasing the most expensive floorboards in the store.
Selling old items for extra income
Garage sales and house renovations should always go hand-in-hand. Looking for valuables that you no longer have a use for or finding old appliances that are in relatively good condition can earn you a few dollar bills all while you’re executing your home improvement plan. While selling unused items in your home generates a passive income, you get to have the extra space inside the house to be used for renovation purposes.
Shopping for bargains
Just because you’re running your garage sale doesn’t mean that you can’t go shopping on your own. Instead of looking at mall catalogs of furniture, you should make it a habit to know where the best secondhand stores are. These establishments are excellent places to find rare finds as they’re bound to sell furniture that might not be in top form but can be the perfect fit for your home’s theme. Older pieces of furniture are usually more durable compared to modern pieces that are sold in the market.
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