Our homes are our hearts and over time they need as much love as our hearts do. Small to large renovations happen to depend on the age of the building and what we want to do in that space. But with each thing that needs work in our homes, there is a price tag attached. Renovations, if not planned properly, will blow anyone’s budget out of the water. So how does one make sure that the renovations you’re considering are within budget?
As you may know, the two most expensive rooms to renovate in a home are the kitchen and the bathroom. So how can you go about making sure that all have been budgeted for and savings are realized? For starters, be realistic about the budget you draw up and don’t be scared to call in the professionals. You can start off by chatting to a mechanical plumber. The pros know about money-saving tips. Along with their advice and our list below, your next renovation will go smoothly.
Mechanical Plumber Services
So, what is mechanical plumbing and how can these services help with money-saving on your renovations? Mechanical plumbers are not your every day, ‘I have a leaking tap’, plumbers. These plumbers work on more specialized items when it comes to the plumbing world.
Within home renovations, they will be the guys who will give you the best advice concerning any extraction and ventilation systems you may need in your bathroom. You need these to avoid mold on your walls from the heat of the shower down the line. Or perhaps you want ducted heating units? Think underfloor heating to manage room temperatures and save money on HVAC costs!
Though this type of service may be expensive at the start, having hired and spoken to a professional mechanical plumber, you will save yourself thousands down the line.
Keep Your Home’s Footprint the Same
Especially in your kitchen & bathroom, one of the most expensive tasks you can do is to move around your basins, showers, and toilets. Doing this will add a cost of plumbing with all the rerouting of pipes. Better to avoid it.
To save money in these rooms, design your dream space within the current layout. You can change the look and feel of your basins, tubs & toilets but the pipework shouldn’t be touched.
To Tile? To Paint? Or Both?
Another cost that tends to build up surprisingly is tiling a room. If the measurements aren’t done correctly, you can find yourself making more trips back to the tile store to get more materials. Eventually, you’re spending a whole lot more than what was planned.
A way to make sure that some savings can be made from the start is to move away from tiling your space from floor to ceiling. Investigate and get creative with designs that tile a room up to a certain point and paint the rest of the way. This will bring about different dimensions and expressions of a room thanks to using two different design aspects.
In the long run, should you desire to do any small changes and touch-ups to your space, a simple paint job will bring about a fresh new personality to known space.
Balance High-end and Low-end Materials
In fashion, one doesn’t need to wear expensive brands from head to toe to achieve a high-end look. The same can apply to your home. Within your design journey, get to understand what needs to be high-end, for example, the granite kitchen tops, and what can be low-end, such as taps from the chain store rather than a niche design outlet.
While holding true to your design, take the time to shop around, comparing prices and finding the materials that can meet your preference from both high-end and low-end outlets. You will start to see the savings come in quick and fast.
Wait for Sales Before Making Purchases
We all love a good sale and the same applies to home renovation items. Make a list of all you need after chatting to a professional and then start looking for the sales.
Sales tend to happen at specific times in the year which can also help you plan when you start renovations and when to shop. A lot of your savings will be realized within the chain renovations stores where you can source all your low-end items. Gather the pamphlets, walk the isles of the stores and you will surely find the discounted price points you’re looking for.
We all want to live in our dream homes. Sometimes we’re lucky to buy the dream but most times we need to turn the potential of the homes we live in into the dream spaces we desire. Renovations to your home can become overwhelming, but starting off with a dream, a budget and drive to saving as much as you can along the way, can turn this daunting journey into an enjoyable one.