Are you considering carrying out some home improvements or renovation projects in the coming year? Maybe you’re looking to make your home more appealing to potential buyers or perhaps you’re simply ready to turn your dream home into a reality. Though it’s important to keep in mind your budget and how much you can spend. If you are looking to improve your home, but are concerned about how much of a budget you have to work with, there’s plenty of ways you can still achieve the results you want without breaking the bank.
Do Research and Shop Around for Your Appliances
The cost of appliances can vary widely from shop to shop and whilst you can save money by visiting and talking to different appliance stockists, there is another way of saving money, which you may not have previously thought of.
Have you ever heard of graded and ex-display appliances?
Buying either a graded or ex-display appliance could be the way for you to make huge savings on new appliances. These appliances go through a range of tests to make sure they are completely fit for purpose, and will simply come with a few small and fixable dents and scuffs, which lead to hundreds off the original price. You can often find a range of high-end brands such as Bosch, Siemens and Neff to name a few
Invest in Some DIY Equipment
Take a look at your to-do list and whilst some of the tasks on there may require a professional, some, with the right equipment, could save you lots of money as you can do them yourself.
If you feel as though you have the right skills, take time to research the tools you’ll need to complete the projects and get the best results.
What’s more, if you are knocking down parts of your house such as internal walls, a great way to save money on overall costs is by doing this yourself.
Look Around For Tradesmen
If there are tasks you simply cannot complete on your own, to ensure you get the best price you can when hiring a contractor, make sure to get at least three different quotes for comparison. Quotations can easily vary, so read over them carefully and take a look at what you will be getting for how much you’re paying. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either.
If your builder of choice comes back to you with a quote which is higher than you were expecting, don’t be afraid to go back as ask how you could lower the price. Potentially, the company could work in stages, or change the design and it’s specifications slightly. It’s worth asking.
Build Your Own Shelves & Storage
Some aspects of a home improvement, such as extra shelving and storage space, are all things you can likely build yourself. Shelving is also a good way to use every inch of potential storage space, even the most awkwardly shaped alcoves and tricky covers.
Recover an Old Sofa
Instead of shelling out the money on a new sofa, why not take the time to update your old one? Recover your old sofa with some funky new fabric and new cushions, it’s a small task which can make a huge difference in your home.
Create Your Own Splashback
A quick and easy way to transform your kitchen space is a splashback, yet this doesn’t necessarily have to cost the earth. Designer tiles on the market that you’d love to use for your splashback will likely have a low-cost look alike!
Another great money saving tip is to use adhesive glass splashback panels – they’re cheap and easy to fit on your own!
Don’t Buy New Ones, Give Your Cabinets a Facelift
Don’t be led by the misconception that remodelling means you have to rip out everything and start afresh. It’s very likely that you’ve already got a great base structure that can be worked on to create an even better kitchen space.
One of the most expensive parts of any kitchen space is by far new cabinets, as these can cost you hundreds and even thousands of pounds and take you far over your budget.
Yet, there’s a much cheaper and easier way to transform them. Try adding new hinges and handles, or even try painting the doors. These are all great ways to turn your existing cabinets from drab to looking like brand new and what’s more, it could potentially save you a lot of money.
So, if you are looking to renovate your kitchen, but don’t want to empty your savings pot, don’t worry – you don’t have to! Try out some of the tips listed above and see how much you save.