Every once in a while, I get in one of those moods where I want to flip my whole house upside down and start fresh. Maybe it’s a side effect of watching one too many episodes of Fixer Upper, but once the idea is in my head, it’s very hard to get rid of. Now, I’m no Chip or Joanna Gaines, but I can still give my home a stylish new look without breaking the bank—and now you can too with these helpful tips for how to plan a home renovation project on a budget.
Create an Action Plan
When you’re considering how to plan a home renovation project on a budget, the most important thing to do is create an action plan. This will keep you on pace and on budget, and it will help you avoid falling into some of the most common home renovation pitfalls. I like to start my action plan by separating projects into two lists: one for wants and one for needs. Once I’ve decided which projects are absolute musts, I can start breaking down the projects even further and create a list of necessary materials for each. This helps me stay on budget and on time so that I can wrap up construction and get my house back to a home sooner.
DIY or Not?
Over the years, I’ve logged a lot of hours watching HGTV, and I now like to think of myself as something of a DIY deity. Some DIY projects may seem tricky at first, but once you get the hang of things, they’re actually quite simple. If you’re not too confident in your DIY abilities just yet, there are plenty of helpful resources you can turn to. YouTube is my all-time favorite resource for DIY tutorials, tips, and tricks of the trade. Completing the majority of your home renovation yourself can save you a lot of money that you otherwise would’ve spent on contractors and expensive building materials. However, a few home renovation projects are better left to the professionals. Working with an experienced home remodeler presents an opportunity for quality work. It may sound counterproductive, but using a professional sometimes is cheaper because the cost of repairs after a DIY has gone wrong can be three times higher than a home remodeler will charge if contacted in the first place. That is not an inconvenience you want to be saddled with. You should leave larger jobs such as plumbing, electrical, and ductwork in the very capable hands of a trained professional.
Trim the Fat
Sometimes I get so excited about the big renovation project that I find myself adding other projects to my to-do list. The house is already a mess of saws and wood, after all, so what’s the harm in adding one more tiny project to the list? Y’all, let me tell you that these tiny projects can really start to add up after a while, and soon you won’t know where one project starts and another end. Try to trim the fat as you go, and avoid adding any extra projects to the mix until you finish with the biggest projects on your list. Sticking to the priority tasks will help you stay on track and on budget with the renovations and ensure that the most important projects are done exactly as you want.