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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Renovating your home: Money saving tips

Home renovation tips
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What are renovations?

Renovations include construction work that restores your home, your property or your apartment to prolong appearance and structure. These jobs inlcude work around the exterior of your home or, of course the interior of it.

Depending on whether your home has a back yard, a front lawn and a garden, lots of renovation possibilities are out there to improve the quality of living and help maintain the property value of your home. External renovation jobs do have the potential to be very simple indeed.

Quick and inexpensive renovations include a new exterior coat, aluminum siding, ceramic, non-slip tiles on the walk ways, terrace and porch or whatever else you fancy. Maybe new garden lightening fixtures may do the trick or for the more advanced renovation fanatic, perhaps an automatic lawn sprinkler system?

There are plenty of sites available on the internet to get your creative mind and juices flowing. Hungry for new ideas on how to upgrade your exterior of your house ? Some sites show you pictures before and after renovation, and show you how much –for instance an aluminum siding job will set you back.

What do you want to do, what is your budget?

Figure out how much money you want to spend on your renovation project and what is really needed. It is not much of use if you run out to fetch 10 gallons of new epoxy exterior paint when your roof and water pipes are leaking and your drains are clogged. Think and make a task list and try to prioritize each item. Next step is to go down to your local brick-and-mortar store to see what things cost. Alternatively, if you have a computer and internet connection, you can go on-line shopping for the best deals and items delivered to your doorstep quickly.

How important are the looks of your house and home to you?

Many say it’s the most important space is the outdoor area. Others might argue that living room and bedrooms are most important. Think about it carefully and ask yourself ‘where do spend most of your quality time at home?

A new coat of paint or a couple of rolls of wall paper may do the trick

You have to judge for yourself whether you want to do it DIY style or you need or prefer professional help. All these options may have an impact on your budget too Do you need just new curtains or a fresh coat of paint, new plumbing fixtures or even new appliances such as a high definition LED screen, microwave oven, grill or whatever else you may think of?

Quick home renovations may not cost the world

If you just want to face lift your ol’house, things don’t have to become expansive and brake your bank balance and bust your household budget. There are numerous sites on the internet where you can get expert advice on how to go about it. Just to name one go and visit Ten Best Home Renovations Tips where you get expert tips on how to get it right the first time. Some of the sites may even teach you how to hold a hammer. Some sites even offers advice on renovation project packages for under and over $1,000, important when every dollar counts and everything is on a tight budget.

Go and look up as many photos of other people’s homes

You should look up as many photos of many nice looking houses and fully renovated gardens to get ideas for starting off your own project. Browse through thousands of pages and take notes of tips and tricks to make your old home become new again.

About the author: George works with Coast Spray Foam Insulation in Vancouver, BC. When he’s not working, he loves carpentry and fixing up old furniture.

Image license: Groton School, CC BY 2.0