The word “remodeling” carries a lot of baggage for homeowners. Even the thought of investing the time, funds, and energy into a huge project can create a lot of stress—much of which is unnecessary. Knowing what projects will give you the most bang for your buck, and can be done with the least amount of money and resistance can greatly ease the burden that remodeling can often present us. Running away from remodeling won’t do you any good in the long run—home buyers want to see that a home has been kept up and taken care of over years, and that the previous owners put effort into making their home as efficiently livable as possible. Remodeling doesn’t have to be a headache; hiring professionals is a great way to avoid mishaps from tackling projects by yourself—after all, you may end up costing yourself more money in the long run when you have to correct any amateur mistakes that were made. Do it right the first time, and at least consult with experts in home remodels. If nothing else, they can give you resources and steer you in the right direction with your project.
First think what is necessary & what not
Finding smart home remodeling projects when you are on a budget can be a challenge, especially when you have no idea where to begin. It is usually recommended that you first think of what you hate most about your house, and consider changing it. If the changes require huge structural work, you might want to consider the cost and weigh that against what it will do for the value of your home if you do take on such a project. One smart idea is to address issues of efficiency of your home. If you can achieve similar results by re-arranging your kitchen or maximizing the existing space by only adding or removing what is absolutely necessary, then you will feel the difference without emptying your bank account.
Find used or recycled materials
Another way to remodel on a budget is to raid the repurposed home materials stores in your area. Finding used or recycled materials can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. When you buy recycled materials, you can find unique products that add charm and character to your home that will wow potential buyers, and add little details that make your home warmer and more inviting. Salvaged materials sold at these recycling centers are usually in fine condition, and are not necessarily any less effective than newer materials, but they come at a much lower cost. You can find doors, cabinets, windows, furniture, etc. that will cost you half the price, if not less. You can find any of these stores in your area by going online.
Hire a professional contractor
Another way to save money remodeling is to hire a professional contractor. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: by hiring professionals, you are eliminating the huge possibility for serious errors that will need to be corrected later on. If you are unsure of how to begin a remodeling project, or don’t know how to use a hammer and nails, you might be in trouble. Have no fear—that’s what professionals are for. If you are concerned that “doing it yourself” isn’t a great idea, then it’s most likely not smart to take on any renovations by yourself.
Bonus smart remodeling ideas
Without experience or knowledge, there are some things you can still do as an amateur home renovator. By doing a majority of demolition yourself, you can save a huge chunk of cash in labor. Demolition can be fun, especially if you have a lot of anger and aggression to get out (in fact, it’s possible that your anger and aggression is toward the remodel project itself!). Before you decide to demo on your own, you may want to research ways to avoid damaging structure, electrical, or plumbing. Taking on renovations yourself can be daunting, but it is not impossible. Even without expert advice or professional hands involved, you can make a lot of significant changes to your home. Don’t ever underestimate the value that small cosmetic changes can present to buyers, or what it can do for your own happiness and satisfaction with your home.