How to Renovate on a Budget

Want to revamp your home without having to dive into the savings account? We’ve put together some tips to help you renovate on a budget.

How to Renovate on a Budget

With property prices and building materials reaching record highs, it’s understandable that now might not be the time to build or buy a brand new home. However, completing some budget home renovations can be a great way to modernise your living space without breaking the bank. Here are some things you can do during a budget home renovation that can yield you some big savings.

 

1. Start with the basics

If your home is in need of major repairs, it’s best to start there before undertaking any cosmetic changes These include fixing loose tiles, cracked windows or even broken light fixtures. Addressing any structural issues will ensure that your home is safe and will last for years to come. Once the basics of your home remodel are taken care of, you can move on to cosmetic changes that can be done on a budget.

 

2. Add a fresh coat of paint

One of the quickest and most budget-friendly ways to renovate your home is to add a fresh coat of paint. This will instantly brighten up any room and make it feel more modern. When choosing paint colours, opt for neutrals that will appeal to a wide range of people. Then use coloured accessories to brighten it up. The best part about painting is anyone can do it and all you need is a can of paint and some equipment that can all be found at your local hardware store. If you want maximum impact, painting your rooms is the perfect place to start.

 

3. Replace old hardware

Another budget-friendly way to renovate your home is to replace all the old hardware. This includes things like internal doors, handles, cabinet pulls and more. It is a quick and easy way to give your home a more modern look without spending a lot of money. Plus, you can even reap big savings by buying second-hand.

 

4. Update your window treatments

Window treatments are another quick and easy way to update the look of your home. If you have old, outdated curtains, consider replacing them with new ones. You can also add DIY blinds or shades to your windows for a more modern look.

5. Add some greenery

Adding some greenery to your home is a great way to freshen it up. You can buy plants or flowers and place them around your home. This is an inexpensive way to add some colour and a new lease on life to your space. Don’t forget about your outdoor space. Adding some new plants near your windows or on your porch can also help to update the look of the inside of your home.

 

6. Refresh your countertops with film

We know how expensive it can get replacing a stone bench top. However, if you have old, outdated countertops, you can cover them with 3M film to give them a fresh new look. This is a great option if you’re not sure what design you’re wanting to commit to as it’s inexpensive and doesn’t require much commitment. When you’re ready to change it up, just peel it off and have it replaced.

7. Wallpaper

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to change up the look of a room, wallpaper is your answer. Choose a bold pattern or colour and apply it to one wall. This will make the wall the main focal point of the living room and create a statement. Whilst they’re a popular choice in bedrooms, we are also seeing many homeowners utilise custom wallpaper to revamp their living rooms.

 

8. Upgrade your lighting fixtures

One easy way to change the look of your home is to upgrade your light fixtures. This is a relatively inexpensive way to make a big impact. Choose fixtures that fit with the style of your home and space. Plus, If your old fixtures are still in good condition, you could try to sell them for some extra money to spend on the rest of your renovation.

9. Improve storage with shelves and cabinetry

If your home is lacking in storage, it can be difficult to keep it tidy and organised. Adding shelves and cabinets will help to improve the look of your home and give you more space to store things. Plus, storage is a hot commodity at the moment, more storage = increased property value. If you’ve already got cabinets but you don’t like the look of them, why not paint them or give them a new look with frosted film or decorative film?  

 

10. Incorporate smart home features

Smart home features are becoming more and more popular. If you’re looking to update your home, consider adding some smart features. You can add things like an Izone air conditioning controller or Philips Hue light bulbs. Not only will these make your life easier, but they can also help save you money on your energy bill.

 

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There are plenty of budget home renovation ideas that can help you update your home without breaking the bank. Whether you’re looking to add some new furniture or smart home features, there are plenty of ways to save money and still get the look you want. If you’re wanting to learn more about how you can transform your space with 3M window film, get in contact with our friendly team today.

FAQs

Where should I start when renovating a house on a budget?

Start by evaluating which areas of your home need the most work. For example, If your kitchen is outdated, you may want to focus your efforts (and your budget) on that room. Also, consider what are your current pain points? Are the colours making your home too dark? Do you have enough storage? Addressing these issues will make your home more livable and can also be done relatively cheaply. Once you’ve identified which areas need the most attention, you can start planning your renovation project accordingly.

What should you spend and save on when renovating your house?

As a general rule, you should spend money on items that will increase the value of your home and save money on items that are more cosmetic. For example, renovating your kitchen or bathroom will likely add more value to your home than a study or bedroom.

How can you save money when renovating?

There are a number of ways you can save money when renovating your home:

  1. Do it yourself: If you’re handy and have some experience with home improvement projects, you can save a lot of money by doing the work yourself.
  2. Shop around for the best deals: Compare prices at different stores beforehand or even consider looking at Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace for second-hand items.
  3. Prioritise: Not every home renovation has to be done all at once. You can start with the most important projects first and then work your way down the list.
  4. Get creative: There are a number of ways you can get creative with your home renovation in order to save money. For example, instead of buying new furniture, you could upcycle some old pieces that you already have.
  5. Do your research: Before starting any home renovation project, it’s important to do your research. This will help you to know what materials you need and how to go about the actual process.

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