How to Renovate your Home on a Budget

We all like to freshen our homes up every so often. It might be that things are getting dirty or that we want a change of colour or to keep up with the latest fashions. This costs money though and so it could mean that we will have to get a loan to be able to afford to do it. Although a loan might be a useful way to afford it, it can also be wise to make sure that we are not paying out more than necessary. By making sure that we are saving money where we can, we will be able to either do more work or not borrow more money than necessary. There are things that you can do which will help to keep the cost down.

Do the work yourself

A big cost of renovating is when you pay someone to do the work for you. This can add up a lot, particularly if you have a really skilled labourer. If you can do it yourself then you can save a considerable amount of money. If you are not confident then you should be able to find some instructions online, perhaps in the form of a video to show you what to do. This is not the same as practicing of course, but it can help. You might also be able to ask friends and family to help you. They might be willing to actually do the job with you or to share tips that will help. If you have awkward work to do such as painting stairs, you may be able to hire ladders which make the job easier and this will still be cheaper than paying someone to do the job. 

Buy long lasting paint

There are lots of different products that you can buy for renovating your home. It is important to consider the quality of these items. It can be tempting to buy the cheapest options if you are trying to save money. However, it is really important to think about the quality of the items that you are buying. For example, with paint you could find that cheaper brands are more watery. This not only means that you will need to use more layers to get good coverage which could end up costing you more money, it may not last as long either. Therefore, try to make sure that you get paint that will give you good value for money. It could be worth paying more if it will last significantly longer. The same applies to other items that you are buying whether they are decorating materials or furnishings or anything else that you buy. Check out reviews and ask people you know for recommendations so that you ensure that you are buying the right things.

Compare brands and prices

It is well worth taking a look at different brands and comparing the different prices being charged for them. You will find that there can be quite a difference and it can depend on where you buy the items from as well as what you are buying. Knowing what is available and how much it will cost will allow you to be able to compare them. It is good to look at reviews and ask people about their experiences of using different brands and you will then be able to make  decision as to which you feel are likely to offer the best value for money.

Make small statements

Rather than paying out to do a huge renovation job, you can make a smaller statement with less pieces. It can be a good idea to have mainly neutral colours that match most things and then a few statements things in a stand out colour. Think a statement coloured wall, cushions, picture or lamp shades and then if you do want a change. You can just change those few things and keep the rest the same to save money. This is especially good if you like changing your rooms as fashions change. If you want a look that will not go out of fashion then it can be a good idea to get something classical. If you choose something fashionable it will go out of fashion, but something more classical will not date in the same way. You can still get a few statement pieces but if you want to keep the look you can add to them.

Do not cut corners

When we are on a budget it can be tempting to cut corners. Perhaps we might do things quickly, make temporary repairs or things like this. Although this can be cheaper it can also be problematic. This is because you could end up having to redo the work very quickly after you started. This may mean that you end up spending more money than you would have done if you had done the work properly to start with.

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Keeping Down the Cost of Toiletries

We spend money on all sorts of things, both things that are considered to be necessary and things that are not. Toiletries fits into both of these categories really. Although we do not need them to survive, which is really how you would describe a necessity, if we want to socialise and hold down a job we need to wash and smell nice, have neat hair and overall a good appearance. For some people this means bathing and washing hair weekly but for others it could mean daily showers and hair styling plus make up and other products. Our self-confidence can be affected by how we look and there will be expectations depending on who we socialise with and what job we do as to how we should look. This means that we will often have quite high standards when it comes to how we look and want to make sure that the toiletries we buy will do the job that we want them to. They can be expensive though and there are ways that we can pay less if we want to. This could be handy if you want a bit of extra money, if you do not want to pay out more than you have to, if you are saving up or paying back your short term loans.

Compare prices

To start with it is always a good idea to compare prices of the items that you like between different retailers. You will find that there will be a difference in how much they are charging and this means that you could save a considerable amount if you always choose to shop with the cheapest place. You may think that because you shop at a retailer that is known to be cheap, that you will definitely always get the items for cheaper. However, you may find that there will be other places that have special offers from time to time and therefore may be cheaper. You may even find that if you look online you can find them for even less. It is therefore a good idea to regularly check to see whether you are paying more than necessary.

Compare brands

We tend to be loyal to the brands we like and feel that if we change we will not get such a good quality product. However, it can be really wise to compare and see whether there are other ones that seem to be as good. You may have tried other brands in the past and felt that they were not good and therefore vowed that you never would bother changing again. However, formulas change and you may find that something that did not suit you before, now does. It is therefore worth making sure that you do not do this and be open minded to trying new things. You might find that there are also new products on the market which might be really good and you might find are better and cheaper. It can be worth thinking about asking friends and family about what they might recommend or even looking at online reviews and then you will have a better idea of what is available and what might provide you with good value for money.

Look for sales

It is always good to look out for when the items you like are on sale. Then, if you can afford it, you can stock up on them ready to use in the future. It is wise therefore to check to see if there are sales on in the different shops that sell the items. You may find that if you use you can ask it to email you when there is a special offer on the product. This will work assuming that the retailers they have listed are the only ones that stock the product. If they are not, then you may have to do other searches as well. Also make sure that you look at any online places that might also have the item and they might be cheaper as well. Do be careful buying online though as you will usually have to pay for postage as well, which could make the cost add up to more than buying it from a high street shop.

Make sure you do not buy more than you need

It is great to stock up on products that you know that you will use. However, there can also be a temptation to buy more products than we actually need. This is a problem if we change our mind about the brands that we like after we have stocked up and then have items that we will not use. Also, to items which have a limited shelf life which we do not use up in time. Therefore, make sure that you think before you stock up and make sure that you are completely confident that you will use the items after you have bought them.

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