So, you’re thinking of renovating your home?
If you’re a home interior lover like me then home renovations are the thing of dreams. It’s so easy to get bored of the same four walls and changing things up every so often helps to make it a little less boring. When I first moved into my parents house, it was quite literally a shell and every single room was torn to pieces. My dad did all of the work on his own and made something that looked like hell into the most homely place it could be. I’ve had my own house since then and done a bit of work myself so with both of these experiences combined, it’s safe to say I’ve picked up a few tips!
Have your budget in order
Don’t start home reno plans until you’ve figured out your budget and made somewhat of a plan. Home renovations can be full of nasty surprises along the way so always make sure you have room in your budget for any mishaps you may come across. It can be helpful to have a rough idea of what you’d like to spend on each room or each category eg: doors, paint, carpets, furniture… etc!
Start with the outside
If you’re going to re-do everything, a starting point is the windows and doors – get these out the way first so you can focus on things like carpets and a fresh lick of paint. When choosing windows make sure you’re going for something that’s going to hold up and last throughout the winter, and check the quality of what you’re buying! My parents had a nightmare with the first window company they used, so do your research well as you want the best quality so they will last years and years.
Update the kitchen
The kitchen tends to be the place where a family will spend a lot of their time, so most people tend to put a lot of focus into this room and make it a lovely and homely place to be. If buying a whole new kitchen is too pricey for your budget, you could maybe think about sanding down the one you already have and giving it a fresh lick of paint. You can even buy some fancy door knobs for the kitchen cupboards, brass or gold can make an old piece of furniture look so expensive!
Invest in a new bathroom
If you have the money to do so, investing in a new bathroom is a biggie. Bathrooms tend to get so damp and rot due to the nature of them and if you’ve bought an older house it’s easier to rip it out and start fresh before you move in or get settled, rather than leaving it for a later date. A new bathroom is one of the investments that’s well worth saving some of your budget for so maybe consider this when planning your renovation.
Limit what you do
Try and focus on one to two rooms at a time and get them finished before moving onto others. It can be so hard when you want to do everything at once but only focusing on one or two rooms helps things from getting too chaotic and it will be far less stressful. Also, if you come across any unexpected expenses, you can then focus on finishing those rooms before moving onto others which you can put to a halt until you’ve saved up some more money.
Do as much as you can
There’s always things you’ll need help with but hiring professionals can become so expensive on top of buying the materials. Do some research, watch some videos and try and learn some new skills so you can do more things yourself to save paying for labour. You’ll be surprised at how much you’re capable of when you put your mind to it.