Sometimes it hard to wrap your head around a costly renovation however there are ways to get around it. These tips and tricks will add value to your home without breaking the bank. Here are 10 affordable ways to renovate/revamp your home and get the BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!
UPDATES TO THE INSIDE OF YOUR HOME
1. JUST DELCUTTER/RE-ORGANISE ADD STORAGE
If renovating isn’t really your thing or you don’t have the time a simple weekend declutter and reorganise can make you feel a lot better about the home you live in. Just cleaning everything up and storing it all away can really open the space and make it a more liveable area. You may even want to invest in some new storage container, shelves, organisers to declutter everything away nicely.
You could pay nothing to $50-$150 on storage depending on what you decide to do and where you decide to buy from!
2. UPDATE KEY AREAS WITH PAINT
Giving your house a splash of paint can really freshen up the property. A fresh coat of paint is most certainly one of the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to transform the home.
If you are thinking of painting the whole house it maybe best to start in the areas you most use (Example: Living,Kitchen) because that could help give you the push you need to complete the rest of your house.
And think of it this way a professional painter would cost close t0 $40 if not more an hour so your saving money as well!
3. LET THERE BE LIGHT
Brighten up your home by opening up the windows and blinds. This can be as simple as changing the curtains or blinds to something that would let more light in. It could be simple or you can go to extremes of adding a sky light in your roof to really brighten a busy area in the house that could do with some more light.
This could cost next to nothing for just opening up curtains to replacing blinds and curtains varying from $50-$400 depending on how fancy your tastes are to even adding a skylight for $500-$1000 depending how difficult it will be to install. Or if your really savvy perhaps you can purchase the material and sew your own!
4. INSTALL A NEW KITCHEN SPLASHBACK
Kitchen renovations don’t come cheap. But don’t let that stop you from giving your kitchen some TLC considering its where people spend most of their time. If you can’t afford to completely re-fit your kitchen, make it feel fresh by installing a new splash back. This can completely change the look of the kitchen making it look fresher without the expenses.
It can cost anywhere between $35 sqm – $450 sqm and instillation between $300-$800 depending on how hard it is to install. You may even be able to install yourself with some youtube videos!
5. KNOCK DOWN A WALL FOR OPEN PLAN LIVING
This job sounds a little strenuous, but if you have areas in the home not getting used very much your could double the area and make something else out of it. If you knock down a wall and open an area up it could potentially change your feel towards the whole house! This could make the home a lot more functional also.
Builders would charge $1500 per sqm so it may not be the most affordable change but the extra space may also override the costs. Added costs could be electricians to move wiring or a painter for touch ups.
6. ADD TILING TO FIREPLACE/S
Adding tiling to a fire place can really spice up the living room. Most old homes have brick fireplaces and by adding some patterned tiling to this can really change the look of the area. You may also want to extend from this by sticking to a colour scheme and adding some new pillows to match or some other sort of home decor.
This price would vary depending on the style of tiles you wish to choose and if a tiler is needed the labor would also come at an additional cost.
7. CROWN MOLDING
You are probably thinking “whats that” sounds interesting doesn’t it? Crown molding is another term used for cornice which is an ornamental moulding round the wall of a room just below the ceiling. Getting a decorative pattern your room can be spiced up in no time. These days there is many different designs out their to choose from depending on what your interested in.
The costs differ from $100-500 depending on what you want and if installation is required it will be at an additional cost.
8. ADD A RUG
Adding a rug to a floor in the lounge or even bedroom can add a new style to the area again if you don’t wish to stop here add some colours and home decor in the area to match, it would also stop the floor from being cold in winter and really warm the room up!
Rugs start from $50 to even $400 sometimes more depending on the size and style of rug.
UPDATES TO THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME!
7. RE -POLISH OLD DECKING
Is you have a deck in the back or front yard giving it a simple clean, sand back and re-polish can easily vamp up and make the outdoor area look as good as new for hardly any costs. This can also even be done in a weekend.
Costs less than $80.
10. UPDATE YOUR GARDEN
Not every home improvement needs to be done on the inside of your home, updating the garden could be just as beneficial and at the end of the day its what everyone else sees. Improvements can start from little things like adding a veggie garden or planting some pretty flowers to adding decking, laying fresh grass there is no end to what can be done to an outside space.
The costs will vary depending on what you decide to do!