Whenever we think about making home improvements the first thing that comes into your mind is money and you will be robbed of it after you are done with the home improvements. It is quite scary when you think that you would require lots of dollars to get improvement in just one room because you are not good at it yourself and improvements will have to be done by someone who you will have to pay and pay a big amount for even some minor change. Budgeting and home improvements are two things which are on opposite poles but we will try to help you in bringing them together and saving up some money.
Contrary to common belief, making home improvements doesn’t have to be costly. Of course, if you hire a professional contractor then you will have to pay a fortune to get the work done but there is a cheaper way around and that requires some patience of reading the directions and doing it yourself.
Before you get started to do some research and get to know the details about everything. Research is the most important part. The next thing to do is work out a schedule and a way to fund your work. Make a list of things you want to do and a list of things that your house needs and calculate the costs of both. Work out a financial plan and finalize the total budget you have.
Once you have made up your mind and worked out how much money you can spend then you should look at the list of things that are needed and start with the top priority ones and work your way down to the second list tackling needs first and then go for wants. Another important thing to do is to keep a stash of cash aside for a rainy day. Keep some money spare so it can be used when things go wrong.
Let’s take an example of how you should work out the financial plan. Assume you want to make some changes to one room. First enlist
what is needed. The paint is wearing off, the closet door is broken, and the floor needs some fixing, these needs of the room should be the priorities to work on. List them down and prioritize them. The next thing to do is make a list of things you want to do for example add a new shelf or mirror, install something new. Again prioritize this list of wants. Then next thing to do is to make a list of materials and things that you need for this. Paint, brushes, primer, paint thinner, tools, etc. all these are some of the basic things that you need. After listing the materials down, do some market research and find out from where you can get these materials and compare the prices to get the best deal.
A good option is to go to a well-known hardware store or a place where these materials are sold at wholesale price. Try to find a deal which is cheap and you are still getting the best quality of material. Work out the budget and take special care while finalizing the quantity of the things. Avoid buying too much of the materials because you might spend too much and end up wasting more than half of it. Try to buy things in batches. Buy the first batch with a little quantity and use it and buy some more later on. In this way, you will only use the quantity that is required and won’t waste it.