Whether you just purchased a home or have been waiting for the perfect time to redesign a room, renovations are no joke. From pricey materials to overwhelming design choices to the inability to use a room for a few days, room makeovers can be stressful. That being said, it’s understandable why you may have avoided finishing them. If done correctly, renovations can transform your space without being a hassle. Here are some helpful tips to inspire you to finally finish that renovation you’ve been putting off.
You Don’t Need to Break the Bank
It’s no secret that renovating a room can be a little on the expensive side. However, there are ways you can be price-savvy while still achieving the living space of your dreams. Here are some tips on how to save money when redesigning your home.
Set a Budget
It’s easy to blow through a beer budget if you have a champagne taste. To make sure you’re able to achieve your ideal space, set a budget with wiggle room for surprise costs (like buying the wrong paint color, not buying enough materials, etc.)
Streamline Your Financing
Whether you’re focusing on one room at a time or planning to give your entire home a makeover at once, keeping track of your expenses can be tricky. To simplify things, consider compiling all of your existing and upcoming renovation debts into one debt consolidation loan. By consolidating your debt, you don’t have to exercise your budget management skills by juggling multiple payment schedules; you can focus on your design skills instead.
Do Your Research
During the design process, it’s important to research your options. Not only will this save you time in the long run, but it may also help you save a few bucks along the way.
While some things need to be done by a professional, like wiring, plumbing, or structural changes, don’t be afraid to try your hand at smaller projects. Jobs like replacing a backsplash, painting walls, or staining cabinets can be done yourself with a bit of research. By avoiding worker fees on top of material costs, you can save yourself a bit of money while gaining some useful skills along the way.
If you have to hire a pro, still do your research. You don’t want to pay for an expensive service from a professional with bad reviews. Some businesses may offer package deals or discounts for repeat customers as well.
Every artist has a muse; your renovations should too. If designing the perfect room is holding you back from starting renovations in general, don’t stress. Even if you aren’t design-savvy, we’ve got some ideas to get you started.
Check Out Catalogs
Do you have a bedding set so beautiful that you can’t stop telling your friends about it? What about a rug that makes you want to walk all over it? How about that paint color from your best friend’s dining room? Take some time to look into catalogs from your favorite designers for some ideas on color palettes, furniture types, room layouts, and more. Here’s one of our favorites.
Movies and TV shows are great places to pull inspiration from when designing a room. Take a look at the sets of your favorite movies or shows to replicate a similar vibe. Creating a mood board based on the set designs will help you visualize your options.
Hire a Designer
If an artistic eye isn’t your thing, hiring a design service may be the option for you. Our design services take into account your ideas, budget, furniture and decor desires, and space to set expectations and bring your perfect space to life.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the visual chaos of renovating, taking some time to organize your plans will help relieve some of the stress. If you haven’t started yet, the organization will keep things running smoothly. Here are some tips to get you on the right track.
Set a Timeline
It’s frustrating to have an entire room out of commission for some time. What’s more, pausing renovations mid-job can cause you to lose motivation to finish the room. While there may not be pressure to finish by a certain date, setting a timeline will help you stay organized and motivated. Remember – you can always add the finishing touches of decor later.
It’s easy to fall in love with a design idea before checking to see if it works for your room. Remember to keep the dimensions of your room and furniture in mind when you’re planning your design. For instance, if you spot the perfect couch and armchair set, make sure you measure the furniture layout you have in mind. In your head, it may look perfect, but in practice, through traffic may get clogged if the furniture doesn’t work. If you are buying bulkier furniture, remember to measure the entrances to your room. You wouldn’t want to purchase a piece and get it home only to discover that it won’t fit through your doorway.
Finishing the Renovation: Final Thoughts
The finish line for your renovations is in sight. With a little organization, inspiration, and a savvy-spending approach, finally finishing those room renovations can be crossed off of your to-do list.