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How to Renovate Your Home without Overspending

January 15th, 2016 Home Renovation

How to make the most of your home renovation!

Home Renovations can get expensive quickly if you don’t operate with a predefined budget in mind. Furthermore, the actual cost of a project will oftentimes wind up being more than the initial estimate, especially when the renovator abandons all efforts to avoid excessive spending. It’s easy to say “I want only the best” until the bill for the project is calculated and you realize you might not be able to afford “only the best” in every aspect of the renovation. If you’re having trouble staying within the confines of a budget while still getting the look you’re going for, consider the following tips on renovating without overspending:

Home Renovation Tip #1: Perform the Smaller Installations Yourself

First of all, consider renovations that you can perform without the assistance of a contractor. Of course, if you’re not confident in your ability to do the job right the first time, then it might be wiser to simply hire a professional, such as Aaron Building, to save the hassle of wasted materials and time. With that said, try to keep the DIY approach for the smaller installations that don’t require much skill and expertise.

Home Renovation Tip #2: Opt For Laminate Flooring and Countertops

Hardwood floors and granite countertops look great, but they’re also a lot more expensive than their laminate counterparts. Laminate flooring and countertops come in a wide variety of styles and are easy to install, making them more suitable for do-it-yourself jobs. Furthermore, granite countertops and hardwood floors are much more expensive to replace in the event that they become damaged at some point in the future.

Home Renovation Tip #3: Rent Whatever Tools You Can

Some of the biggest expenses associated with every renovation are the tools and equipment involved. Many times you can find a portion of the needed tools available for rent at your local hardware store or equipment hire company. Such rental programs typically let you pay a deposit, use the tools for a few days, and then return it for a full refund of the deposit. This is a good option for people who only need to use the equipment for a single renovation.

Home Renovation Tip #4: Look for Leftover Materials

Many people aren’t aware that they could save thousands on materials by simply shopping around for leftover materials on classified ad sites and with local contractors who have connections. A common occurrence in the construction/renovation industry is that contractors or their clients will buy more materials than necessary. You can usually catch a sweet deal on these surplus items, which can drastically cut down on your overall project cost.  Please note: that using this type of material could jeopardise your Final Certificate. For example: if old windows are used in a renovation, every piece of glass has to be certified as part of the building approval to ensure that it’s suitable for human habitation.

As a professional building company, Aaron Building is contracted to install only new materials. During the initial quoting stages, we can discuss the option of the client supplying various materials – however be aware that due to a number of factors including suitability, quantity, application of product and wastage – this may not prove to be a financially viable option for either of us.

Home Renovation Tip #5: Start with the Cheapest Home Renovation Tasks First

As a bonus tip, keep in mind that the best way to approach a project in a cost-effective manner is to start with the least costly renovations first. Doing this will allow you to begin making progress without putting a huge dent in your budget, while also making it easy to reassess and determine an ideal usage for the remaining funds as you go along.

At the end of the day, home renovations can make a massive difference in your home’s value, livability and curb appeal – but remember, while there are some renovations, that most DIY-Warriors can confidently tackle themselves, there will be some that should be left to a professional.

If you’d like to discuss your building requirements, please contact Craig from Aaron Building today via the form on our website. Visit www.AaronBuilding.com.au


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