The cost to modernise your house can soon add up to more than originally expected. Below are 6 ways that we found to saved us money when we transformed our house.
DIY - Do it yourself where possible
There is a lot of money to be saved by doing projects yourself rather than paying for a job to be done. Don’t be afraid to give something a go as long as you know what is involved to complete the job and you’ve weighed up the risk- there is nearly always a tutorial on YouTube to watch that can talk you through what you need and how to undertake the task step by step.
It is certainly more rewarding to decorate yourself and can be personal to you as you decide how the job is done and the standard the job is completed to.
You don’t necessarily need to be highly skilled at some house jobs such as wallpaper stripping, holding something in place or painting which are some of the jobs that I did during our renovation project. The only jobs that we didn’t take on ourselves were electrics and plastering.
Accept help from family and friends
As The Beatles once said ‘I get by with a little help from my friends’, that was definitely true with our renovation journey.
Although it isn’t easy accepting help from people, if someone is willing to offer to help you, be grateful for the extra pair of hands. With more help, the job can be done a lot faster and in our experience it makes the job not seem as daunting and over facing as the moral support encourages motivation. There may even be a few tips you can pick up along the way or an idea thrown in the mix that you may not have thought of.
With all the extra support, we managed to complete our renovation project in around 4 months from getting the keys, which for the amount of work that was done and the fact that we both continued to work full time during this period is unbelievable.
Shop around to modernise your house
Shop around for the best deals as prices can vary so much from shop to shop. The beauty of the internet means that you can search for an item and find the cheapest place to order from the comfort of your living room. Look for deals or coupons when you spend so much money or even make the most of the cashback sites if ordering online (I use ‘Top Cashback’).
- Most shops have a 28 day return policy so take a risk and buy something if you think it could be right for your home and you can always return if necessary (obviously item size depending as I am guessing its not so easy to return something huge like a sofa)
- If you are trying to match up an ornament or piece of furniture to the colour scheme at home, take a little wallpaper sample or paint a piece of paper and take this with you to hold next to items in the shop.
- Buy second hand furniture- a few online shops that you can buy or sell second hand furniture include Ebay, Gumtree, Facebook marketplace.
- Charity shops can have some lovely furniture that is sometimes like new. The British Heart Foundation and Age UK have furniture stores and the money goes to a great cause.
- Visit a local furniture warehouse – our local warehouse offered such a great service. We managed to get 2 good quality mattresses for a lot cheaper than we found elsewhere and they were so accommodating with the delivery date as we wanted them delivering on the day that we moved in which they sorted without any fuss. Sometimes they may even come down on the original price if you barter like we did!!
- Don’t always assume you have to buy your full kitchen or bathroom set from the same shop, you can get quotes from different shops and like we did buy our kitchen units from one place, unit doors/worktops from another and appliances from somewhere totally different. This partly helped us to save money but also gave us a bigger variety of appliance brands not just what the one shop sold where we got our kitchen from.
Re-use, recover or refresh something old
Below are 5 ways we have reused, recovered or refreshed our home without spending a large amount of money
- We transformed something old into something new to match our new scheme when decorating- We painted two storage boxes from cream to a beige/brown using the bedroom wall paint leftover.
- We bought a big rug that covers a large area of laminate floor instead of purchasing a new carpet- As you can see from the picture below, this idea works quite well in our spare bedroom
- A cheaper alternative to having new tiles in our bathroom – Instead we re-grouted the tiles to freshen the bathroom up at a small cost
- We made our own house accessories – Visit the small house projects section of this website to view the creations we have made. A few examples include a bath shelf made of wood, a high heel rail in my dressing room and a heart decoration made of twigs
- Change the layout of a room – Moving the furniture around can create a different look without any cost at all. We did this around Christmas time in order to make room for the Christmas tree in the living room by moving the settees into a different position.
Tradesman Tips To Help Modernise Your House
- Get a quote from someone you know and trust
- Ask around family and friends for tradesmen they know or have used as word of mouth is a great recommendation
- Get a couple of different quotes to compare the price to avoid being overcharged.
- Trustatrader.com and Checkatrade.com are fabulous websites to find a reputable tradesman.
Go bold with a feature wall
If you are wanting the wow factor, bold is the way to go. Go for something different, unusual, unique and personal to you. Maybe even set a colour scheme or just wing it as you go along. In the world of house decor… its your house, your rules. Deciding on the design is the best part of decorating for me. Whether its choosing paint or wallpaper there is a lot of choice out there. Have a shop around and grab as many testers as you can carry to help sway your decision. Hold the wallpaper against different parts of the ‘potential’ wall to see what it looks like in different light and especially to the edge of the wall that it would be going next to, to see how well it blends and matches. You certainly have to have an element of imagination when it comes to making a decision to picture in your mind how the finished project will look.
The worse case scenario, it is only a tin of paint or a roll of wallpaper and your time that you have wasted if you really do not like the finished project as the wallpaper or paint will always strip off or paint over so its not the end of the world, that’s how I look at it.