HOW TO: 13 Ways To Save Money Renovating A House
Pinterest, isn’t it an amazingly dreamy place? Full of truly breathtaking interiors and totally gorgeous designs. Off you skip to your builder/architect/designer/hubs “THIS is it, this is what I want to create”…. And then someone drops the BOB (Bedroom Obliterating Bombshell), the cost!
We hear you, we hear you. Champagne taste, beer budget? It happens to most people and you’re not alone, it’s rare I hear “Wow, really, so cheap”. See here’s the thing, renovating and designing homes, well the stylish, well built, quality stuff…..it’s expensive.
After my recent post 9 things you need to decide early in a renovation project, I want to share with you some of the tricks of the trade I’ve learnt over the last 10 years helping people boost their budget and save money renovating houses….. The secret is to spend in some areas and save in others…. And make sure you stick around until the end where I show you how to save up to 90% at all your favourite high street places!
So here are 13 of my best ways to save money renovating a house,
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So for a win-win solution that will last and put a few pounds back in your pocket, go with tough, durable, non porous and easy to clean engineered stone.
If you’re thinking of marble floor tiles, be sure to check out floors of stone in Loughborough (for any UK peeps), amazing price and quality. There are of course many porcelain marble effect tiles on the market too.
Be Clear + Stick To The Plan
Knowing exactly what you want to do from the start and sticking with it, well it’ll stop costs spiralling. If you make changes that mean your trades have to redo work, well that’s extra time and it will cost you more. Be clear, don’t change your mind, keep the labour element at the front of your mind always!
Fixed Price Contract
Trades will always want to work on hourly rates, they have no skin in the game for hiccups this way. If a problem happens (as they often do) this becomes your problem, your trade does more hours, you pay more labour. If you can try and agree to a fixed price contract, I assure you they’ll work faster, there is no real reason for them to up pace on an hourly contract. And not that I’m cynical, the trades could even see slower working as a cash flow opportunity. If you're renovating your house on a budget, get a contract!
Although free standing baths are often a higher price than a built in bath, the saving is a false economy…. by the time you’ve factored in labour, tiling, materials and time…. Free standing becomes considerably cheaper. #DitchTheBuiltIn
If you want the built in wardrobe look, but don’t want the built in wardrobe price tag, head to Ikea.. the pax collection will be your best pal. And thinking about pimping your pax? Some truly astonishing walkin creations over on ikeahacks and you would honestly never tell!
Pimp The Handles
Knobs and handles for cabinetry can be super expensive. Head to ebay, TKMaxx and Ikea are all great places to bulk buy beautiful individual knobs and handles, and often for a couple of pounds a pack….. Even with low prices, I’ve had some amazing handles for less than a £1.
Before you declare fit for the tip, always think about how you can pimp a piece and give it an individual look. Changing the handles on an old bedside cabinet can be enough to save it. Renovating your house on a budget or not, it's not only sustainable but gives you such a lovely feeling giving items a new lease of life.
Seriously, headboards can set you back handsomely! If you want to create a focal around your headboard but need some cost effectiveness….. forget the upholstered headboard and bedframes, use an arrangement of big pillows and wall art to create the perfect focal.
If we're looking to save money renovating a house, we’re looking to save as much labour as possible, that’s the name of the cost effective reno game…..an easy way is to think about unfinished finishes. Materials like birch faced ply, exposed brick etc. can save you on plastering. Tip: don’t think about exposed brick on external walls, or you’ll feel the cold in the winter, just internal walls that don’t need insulation.
Do it all at once
Now if you’re thorough with your renovation planning stage, you’ve properly worked out your budget, what you need to do, and all the deets, then you can save more labour by planning your timeline to do it all at once. Staging your project out might help your cash flow, but you’ll definitely save in labour if your trades only need to block out one window of time.
Do you need an Architect??
Adding a small extension, think you need to hire an architect? Well not always. Now we’re not suggesting that architects aren’t of massive value, and they're of course essential for larger or complicated projects, but if you’re running a small simple project, then you do not need an architect to draw your plans. From a planning perspective you could do them yourself, as long as you include all the relevant dimensions and things the planner needs to assess.
The architect I use still hand draws his plans #WorksOfArt, if you want to learn how (and digital plans too), click here for more details on HomeEnvy Pro, ALL the skills to get you your own design business in the digital age.
Be Your Buyer
You don’t need to rely on your trades supplying your fixtures and fittings, you can often get better discounts at online retailers that volume sell more than your plumber/electrician might be eligible for his turnover. Head online and get sourcing your own items to save money renovating your house.
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