Remodel Your Home, Even on a Budget

If you’ve been longing to remodel your home, or parts of your home, but keep putting it off because you think it will cost too much money, think again. Sure, the overall remodel is going to cost an arm and a leg – and then it will cost you another arm and a leg, because remodels always cost more money than we originally anticipated. But don’t let that stop you from dreaming big, and making those dreams a reality. The key to nailing your next home remodel is time. With time, anything is possible.

Start by making a list of the things you want to change about your home. Next, prioritize them. Which rooms do you want to remodel first? What will have the most impact on the enjoyment of your home? Where can you do a lot of the work on yourself? Pick the room that you want to work on the most.

Next, make a list of all the materials you are going to need in order to complete the remodel of that particular room. Write down everything. Try to account for little things like light bulbs, nails, and tape. Those little things add up quickly and can derail your budget before you even get started.

Once you have your list of items you need to complete the remodel, take it to your local hardware store or look online and price EVERY SINGLE ITEM. This is how you build your budget. If you plan to hire a contractor, add 15% to all of your materials to cover the cost of your contractor. That’s a rough estimate of how much they’ll charge you for the work.

Now, the fun part. Sit down with your monthly spending budget and decide how much you can spend each month toward your remodel. If it’s only $100, that’s better than nothing. Obviously, the more money you have, the faster you can complete your remodel, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start working toward the remodel right now. Take that $100 and find something on your list you can buy today to signify the start of that remodel. Paint is a fun one. It won’t be needed until near the end of your room remodel, but it is one of the most exciting parts because it means the remodel is almost done, and let’s be honest: the decorating is the best part!

Next month, go out with your $100 and buy some drywall plaster and some light bulbs. The next time you have another $100 buy your new kitchen faucet or blinds. Next month, buy some accessories for your new room and something to make the place smell nice during your remodel: try an essential oil diffuser, like the one in this review, for a natural scent that won’t be too heavy during your reno.

Instead of waiting until you have all the money you need to start your home remodel, start right now. As you gather more and more materials, you can start working on your remodel. The key is time. If you have time and can be patient, you can remodel every room in your home, one room at a time.