Home renovations are often difficult to handle – they are time-consuming, expensive and just all around stressful. Nevertheless, they can also be really exciting – after all, they help you move closer to your dream home!
With that in mind, here is how you can transform your home in just five steps!
If it’s broke… fix it.
Sometimes, if something in our home is broken or damaged, we’ll try to ignore the problem – especially if it is expensive to resolve. We like to pretend that it will solve itself or go away, though this is not the case.
For example, if you have a leaky pipe in your home, the initial leak can be fixed in a matter of minutes, but it can cause a great deal of damage to the foundation of your home if ignored. Thankfully, water damage restoration can be relatively straightforward, especially if you bring in a professional to assess and repair the damage. Remember, don’t delay – it is worth the investment to get the repairs done sooner rather than later.
Prepare for a deep clean
Once you’ve completed the first step of the process, its time to deep clean your home. This means far more than grabbing a mop and wiping down your floors. You need to clean your home from top to bottom until it appears as shiny and new as it did when you first moved in.
Here are some tasks to tick off your list!
- Clean the gutters
- Clean the windows (interior and exterior)
- Wipe down the skirting boards
- Deep-clean floors and carpets
- Put curtains, mats and rugs in the wash.
- Empty all of your cupboards – from your spice rack to your wardrobe and throw away what you don’t need.
- Think about how you can reduce clutter – remember there is ap lace for everything, and everything should be in its place.
Thankfully, there are plenty of guides online that take you through the process of deep cleaning your house. You need to grab your gloves and get ready for an intense workout!
Plan, plan, plan.
Now that your house is in good working shape, you can figure out precisely what changes you need to make more clearly. For example, what rooms need a fresh coat of paint, and which areas of your home are due a complete overhaul? To begin, write down all of the changes you need to make, and how you plan to make them. This will give you insight into how long it is going to take you and also how much it will cost.
Set yourself a budget.
Once you’ve decided on the renovations you will be completing; you need to set yourself a realistic budget. You must not overspend – as you don’t want to end up in debt. Similarly, underspending could result in you using low-quality products that need to be replaced frequently, costing you more money in the long run.
Once you’ve set a budget, try and make smart purchases. You can do this by finding as many cost-cutting alternatives as possible. Here’s how you can save money whilst transforming your home!
- Take advantage of thrift stores.
- Buy second hand from online groups such as Facebook Marketplace.
- Ask friends or family if they are getting rid of any furniture that you can have.
- Sell your old furniture for extra cash that you can put towards your dream home.
- Think about what you can do yourself. For example, could you paint the room yourself as opposed to bringing in a decorator?
- Spend time googling the products you are looking for to ensure you are getting the best price
- Find out if stores are doing online sales or if you can get your hands on a coupon.
- Sign up to decorating mailing lists that send out tips and discounts
- DIY some of your old furniture to give it a second lease of life, or make something new. This means that your items will be unique!
Don’t delay, get it done.
Once you are ready to make serious changes in your home – get started as soon as you can. Often, when we know a task will be difficult, we put it off for as long as possible. However, if you are putting off renovations – you need to understand that you are your own worst enemy. The only thing standing in the way of you and your dream home is yourself. Get a plan of action together and get started. Remember, the process can be exhausting – but it is entirely worth it in the long run. Stay positive, stay focused, and the time will fly by.