Renovating doesn’t have to cost a packet!
Any area, even Kitchens and Bathrooms can be renovated for less than you think!
First thing to do – PLAN – this is the most IMPORTANT step in keeping costs down.
Work out what is really needed and weigh it up against what it is that you WANT.
Research the area around you and see what is on trend – what people are looking for and steal ideas off others.
Make sure you don’t overcapitalize by checking the final value of the houses on the market. The difference between the value of your house now and what you plan on spending should never be more than renovated houses in the area. As a guide only spend 10% of the value of your home.
Keep good records – a running tally of what you spend is crucial to renovating for less. You will never know if you are going over budget if you don’t keep track!
The Biggest Bang For Your Buck…
Yes cleaning – sometimes a gerni of the outside walls and an interior clean can make the world of difference.
A close Second is Painting.
Buy in bulk – work out what you need and buy the bigger cans.
Use what the trades use – it is premium paint for less.
Use a buyer group to get things for less (e.g. RenoSave has trade accounts with Wattyl)
Use good Brushes and rollers – they make the end product better and are so much easier to use. Plus it saves you time picking out those loose hairs (We use Monarch brushes from Bunnings).
Kitchens – The hub of the house and where you can get some serious WOW factor!
Update your appliances – Places like Appliances Online have good prices or Buy seconds from 2nds World (RenoSave has connections with all of these companies).
Jazz up the kitchen with a new splashback – big wow for low cost!
Handles are such a great statement and don’t cost much – measure the hole distance twice so you don’t have to redrill.
A new Benchtop may seem expensive but it doesn’t need to be – You can use Rust-Oleum paint and get an amazing finish for $300-$400 or if you are handy why not add a new timber benchtop using Bunnings benchtops from only $99. Slightly more expensive is to phone a local cabinet maker and get them to make a new one.
Don’t forget the cabinetry doors either – sometimes a little paint will do the trick. Use White Knight laminate paint or maybe get that cabinet maker to cut some new doors using your old ones as a pattern – If you keep the colour the same, you won’t have to replace the uprights.
Cheapest WOW – regrout and replace the old silicone (if the tiles are good and the grout is yuck this will make it look like new!)
If the tiles are screaming the 80’s but are in good condition – just repaint them with White Night tile paint – go a white or modern light colour.
New Taps really update any Bathroom space and are a cost effective WOW factor.
Replace that awful vanity and mirror or maybe make a new surround for an older style mirror.
Vanities are cheap these days – Highgrove Bathrooms have modern and reasonably priced vanities.
Take down the shower curtain (they are disgusting) and get a shower screen – approx $500, which will make your new space modern new and CLEAN.
Flooring – try some loose lay vinyl tiles – they are cheap and look great or you may be able to tile straight over the old ones (you may have to adjust door heights and drains etc)
Replace the curtains – Kmart are so cheap and look great!
Change to Blinds, they will give you a more modern look and don’t cost a bomb. RenoSave’s partner DIY Online Blinds make them to measure without a huge price tag!
If they are ok – just get the cleaner in.
Do you have floorboards under that carpet?? A small spend of $3-4k will have them polished and looking sweet in no time.
Vinyl of loose lay timber floor boards are not that expensive (especially if you can lay them yourself!).
Get rid of the BRICK – yuck – paint over it if your budget is tight or if you can spare it, gyprok over it which will make all the difference.
CLEAN and De-Clutter – I really can’t say it enough. A good clean makes the world of difference and getting rid of all that stuff you never use and was from the 80’s is probably a good call if you are wanting to renovate.
Have a Garage Sale and use the money for some new fittings or that one statement piece that will make you smile every time you see it!
RenoSave specializes in saving you money on Renovations – our discount buyers group has special rates on all renovation products with Quality National Suppliers.
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