Looking to renovate your home with the latest in home interior styles? Refurbishing your home can prove to be an expensive affair, and proper planning is essential when you’re working with a budget! Our interior design experts have come up with these tips to help you upscale your home interior without burning a hole in your wallet.
Make a Master plan, and Then Prioritize
You must be having a fairly good idea of what you would like in your renovated home. Perhaps you would like to redo the fixed furniture like wardrobes and kitchen cabinets, or maybe your bathrooms need a makeover. You might also be looking at a quick refresh of your curtains and upholstery. Be specific. Whatever ideas you may have, write them all down or create some inspiration boards, and then prioritize!
Fix Your Budget
Once you have some idea about the totality of your project, break it down keeping costs in mind. You should set your priorities based on how much you are willing to spend. If something is not essential right away, push it to the second phase of your budget. Have an upper limit to your budget that you cannot afford to exceed. Remember that no matter how much you plan, there is a good chance that the cost of renovation can vary. So keep a buffer on your budget to allow for unforeseen expenses. Keep things as realistic as possible.
Stick To The Plan!
Many people find that redoing their house ends up being a never-ending project, simply because they keep adding on new requirements as they go along! Remember that if you keep changing your mind it’s going to add to the cost of your home interiors. If there is anything else that you wish to add to your list of to-do’s, perhaps it would be better to add it to your list as the next priority. If you don’t get side-tracked you will be able to stay in control of your spending.
Plan For Some Unexpected Contingencies
While it is always best to stick to your master plan, common sense should prevail and you should be prepared for the unexpected as well. A renovation is never the same as doing up the interior of a new home. The electrical lines may be old and worn out, your plumbing lines would have seen better days, and perhaps when you move things around you may find that parts of your flooring are worn out and faded. Fixing such pressing maintenance issues is obviously important, and you should have some amount set aside to cover such contingencies.
Upscale And Repurpose
Take a good look around, and you may find that a lot of your existing furniture can be re-used and repurposed to make it look new. Instead of redoing a cupboard, just getting new shutters and fittings would give it an entirely new look. A dab of paint could make your furniture look as good as new. Wood from old doors can be reused to create a dining table or some bench seating. Try not to redo entire rooms from scratch as that will cost a lot more than just carrying out some clever repairs and fixes.
Look For Bargains At Antiques Shops And Sales
Discount sales, garage sales and antique shops can come up with some great discounts from time to time. Keep your eyes peeled for online shopping discounts as well. You can also try foraging in your mother’s attic for old vintage furniture that could be refurbished to create a gorgeous new look. You would be surprised at the hidden treasures that are there in storage!
Sell Your Old Furniture Online
There’s a lot of value that you could get for your old appliances and furniture. Post pictures of what you would like to give away online on websites that will help you to get the best value for your items. There are many young homeowners on a budget who will be willing to give you a good resale value for the items you no longer have any use for. Do make sure that you do not try to sell items that are not in the best working condition!
Do It Yourself!
Are you handy with a saw or a paintbrush? If you are, and you have the time and the inclination for it, you can cut costs by doing some of the work yourself. Paint a mural on your bedroom wall, or try creating your own special brand of wall décor with some textured paint or cut out stencils. For those with some interest in craftwork, your home can be your canvas!
Rope In An Experienced Contractor
A contractor who is experienced and has a good reputation with renovations can easily cope with the complexities of a home renovation. He will be able to give you expert advice on calculating material estimates and will be able to optimize resources with minimal wastage. Experienced contractors will also have the services of expert carpenters and plumbers at their disposal.
Don’t Hesitate To Call In a Professional Designer!
Many homeowners think that hiring a professional designer would be an expensive proposition. However, nothing can be further from the truth! As a layperson, you are likely to make a lot of mistakes in design and execution which can prove costly in the long run. You will not be able to judge the quality of materials and finishes, and you may not get the best deals on material costs. A professional designer will be able to give you the right advice and insights on design layout, materials and execution that will help you add aesthetic value and functionality at a fraction of the cost.
We hope that these tips help you to stay within your means when undertaking your home renovation. All these services, and more, can be handled efficiently by the HomeLane team of designers and contractors. If you’re thinking of redoing your home interior, all you have to do is pick up your phone and call! Don’t hesitate to give your home a makeover that you will love. After all, coming home to a space that you love will lift up your spirit every day!