A friend once told me: ‘Live in your new house for 6 months before you do any renovations.‘ Great advice, if you’ll actually even have money for said home renovations after 6 months! We’ve been in our ‘fixer upper’ for a decade now, with no renovations in sight…. We have a bunch of kids, something is always breaking, so there’s never money or a clear plan for these home renovation dreams of mine. However….I have decided that 2023 is the year that we gain some momentum with our plans! Today I’ll share some tips on how I plan to get there.
1. Create a list
First have a clear list of goals with the top 3 home renovations that you want to tackle first. Simple enough right? For me it wasn’t….because if it were up to me, I’d gut my house and start from scratch! Seeing as I don’t have that kind of budget though, I need to prioritise what we want to do first.
2. Create a budget
Do your homework as to what each of your projects will cost and create a budget. Calculate what you’ll need, price your fittings and also consider a small % of your budget going to waste and offcuts as well.
3. Open up a designated savings account
Having a seperate savings account will help you be less tempted to access those funds! It will also motivate you to see your funds grow as you get closer to your goal.
4. Recycle what you can to save costs
One man’s junk is another mans’ treasure! A few years ago, out of necessity, we were redoing the kitchen in our flatlet, but truthfully, we didn’t have the funds for it. A friend was redoing her kitchen and the stars and timing aligned where we could reuse her discarded kitchen cupboards…..all still in perfect condition. In a similar vein, reuse what you can in your own house and keep an eye out for friends discarding items that you can use.
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Let me know in the comments if you have any home renovations planned in the near future!