If you’re not careful, the cost of a renovation can easily mount up. And, when you’re on a strict budget, this means you have to get thrifty with your decorating. Whether your kitchen is looking a bit dated, your living room needs a modern refresh, or your bedroom needs reviving, there are many ways you can reduce the cost of your first home renovation.

If you’re wondering how you can update your home on a budget, just read on to find our top five tips.

Set a realistic budget

Before you get started with the nitty gritty, it’s a good idea to sit down and make a list of all the things you want to get done. And, in line with this, how much you’ll want to spend. When creating your list, looking for inspiration in catalogues, online or when visiting showrooms will ensure you cover everything comprehensively, so there’s no surprise costs at the end of it all!

Although it can be difficult to create a budget off the top of your head, getting an estimate for the work can give you a good indication of how much you’ll be spending. And this needn’t take hours of trawling through sites, you can find a round-up guide of average prices on Household Quotes. But, for more accurate quotes, it’ll be a case of finding a trusted handyman or company and asking for a price. And, as many people in this industry will offer these as no-obligation, you can take advantage of this even if you don’t end up using that specific company. Just be sure to shop around for the lowest quote before you settle on a budget.

Do it yourself

Although there are plenty of things you’ll need to employ professionals for, such as electrical and plumbing work, there are also elements you can take into your own hands. Tasks like painting, wallpapering, grouting and fitting skirting boards, can all be done by an amateur with the right know-how. However, if you feel like you lack the relevant skills or confidence to take on the job, it’s best not to try as this can cost you more in the long run if correctional work needs to be done.

When you’re on a budget, it can be tempting to buy the cheapest products to keep costs down. But, low cost can mean low quality as well, so you could end up having to replace these for more expensive versions anyway. Bargain screws, nails or paint are best avoided, so instead of really scrimping from the get-go, choose mid-priced items, as these will do a better job but still won’t cost the earth.

You’re bound to be buying plenty of new things to install in your renovated home, but when these are bulky it can add unnecessary delivery costs to your project. Our top hack for this is to invest in a trailer, like these ones from ERDE, which will create more space in your car for larger items, while removing shipping costs. This will also mean you can take your own rubbish to the tip, so you can also avoid collection fees.

Re-purpose spare materials

Any renovation project is bound to create plenty of waste, but before you send any unused materials to the skip, take a look at what you have in front of you. Spare pieces of wood can be re-purposed into some attractive shelving for your new kitchen or turned into a coffee table for your living room. And, it’s always a good idea to save leftover paint in case you need more coats on the walls further down the line or if you fancy giving your cupboards a coordinated look to your walls.

If you’re getting your kitchen decorated, using your old splashback tiles for a feature wall in your new bathroom can be a great way of reducing wastefulness. But, if you don’t feel you have any real leftover materials, you can head to architectural salvage yards to find great deals on antique furniture, interior design pieces and other things you can add to your home for a unique touch. Buying pre-owned goods can be a great way to save money along the way. Plus, if they’re not exactly what you want, you can restore or alter them to fit in with your desired aesthetic.

Go for simple changes

There’s bound to be some things you still love about your home that drew you to it in the first place, so you don’t always have to think about changing everything. While you might want to completely re-do the bathroom or the kitchen, remember that is could simply be refreshed rather than fully renovated.

Even changes as minor as switching out the handles on cupboards and adding some new statement lighting can revive your home, so it often pays to think small before committing to a full-scale revamp.

Use reduced ex-displays

If you’re happy with the layout of your kitchen, you can keep the skeleton and instead replace smaller details to mix up the look. Switching out the door for a more contemporary or traditional model is a great way to add a new look to your kitchen, while updated worktops can help you to achieve novel themes and styles. And, these don’t have to be expensive either. If you’ve seen a kitchen you love, but the price isn’t right, it’s worth searching ex-display kitchen sites, like The Used Kitchen Company, for great deals on top-of-the-range kitchens that can not only include the units, but also appliances too.

And it’s not just kitchens you can replace this way. There are sites for ex-bathroom displays as well as living and dining rooms. So, you can find your dream home aesthetic for much less.

Starting your first home renovation doesn’t have to be expensive and stressful. With these five top tips, some effort and smart thinking, you’ll be sure to achieve your dream home look.

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Daniel Peacock

2 Replies to “5 money-saving tips for your first home renovation”

  1. Great post! I often find the simplest of changes, like a nice and colourful paint colour, can make a real difference to a home. And budgeting is so important when you’re moving to a new home – it’s likely you’ve already spent a lot on the house itself and money may be well tight.

  2. I agree it is really important to set a realistic budget to avoid spending too much and avoid mistakes. Awesome blog by the way and thanks for sharing this useful information.

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