07 Aug Creating a Beautiful Home on Budget
Whether you’ve just purchased your first home or have paid down your mortgage, homes are always in need of repairs and remodeling. Kids, pets, and general wear-and-tear can lead to an expensive bill. With these simple, accessible tips, home remodeling is attainable regardless of budget.
Unfinished projects are one of the biggest wastes of money. Once you have a home improvement idea in mind, carefully research and budget anticipated expenses to make sure your project is realistic. Don’t just look at the dollar signs– major projects also demand a significant time investment. Cost of materials, technicians, contractors, and time involved should all be carefully considered before you start remodeling.
DIY projects with the help of online tutorials
Youtube is filled with quick, easy-to-understand videos demonstrating common home-improvement projects. Don’t forget to check out Pinterest– a free account provides unlimited access to pictures and tips for a stylish, affordable home. Watch HGTV’s array of home improvement shows and read decorating blogs like This Old House for ideas about what’s trending.
Check out second-hand stores
If you’re planning on redecorating, look for pre-loved furniture and artwork at local consignment stores or on sites like Facebook marketplace or Craigslist. If brand-new furniture fits in your budget, both Ikea and Target offer a wide selection of inexpensive, quality furniture with a modern flair.
Keep up with small maintenance and repairs
Fixing minor problems as they happen will go a long way in maintaining the value of your home. Cleaning stains, repairing leaking faucets to prevent lasting water damage, and avoiding smoking while in your home will protect your bank account from expensive repairs in the future.
Pay attention to trends
When remodeling, keep an eye on trends about both home value and aesthetic appeal. Remodeling bathrooms and kitchens tend to increase home value, whereas carpeting, backyard pools, and redesigned garages won’t attract interest. Investing in energy-efficient home improvements will save money on utility bills and make your home more appealing to future buyers.
Stay relevant with popular home decorating trends like combining both vintage and modern decor (this makes consignment stores and Ikea a perfect combo!). If you’re in the market for a new kitchen, buyers are loving matte appliances and marble countertops. Avoid oversized furniture and heavy drapes and instead opt for well-lit rooms which create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Planning ahead, fixing problems with DIY strategies, shopping second-hand, keeping up with small repairs, and observing trends will transform your house into a beautiful, modern retreat. Saving up for something bigger? Open an account with Bank of the Lowcountry and enjoy a full range of service.