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Renovating on a Budget

Posted on December 18, 2017 by Daniel at 6:50 pm

With each change of the seasons, there are quite a few men and women that look for ways to switch it up where their home is concerned. The dreariness of winter, the loss of a friend, or just the boring and mundane routine of life can leave us with that need of something different.

Renovating our home will usually give us the jumpstart we need to keep trucking. Be that as it may, we are not all made of money and home improvements aren’t always free. Below are some ways that you can spruce up the place without breaking the bank.


Times change. New chapters in our life can add family members, new business opportunities, or interesting hobbies. A new room for a brand new baby or aging parent we are taking care of, an office we can work from, or a man/woman cave to facilitate a new hobby can come in handy.

However, adding on a room can be expensive. Do you have a basement, garage, or an attic? One of the least expensive ways to do this is to simply finish them. The structure is already there. You will need to add insulation and flooring.

You may also need to finish the walls, but you will save a ton of cash by utilizing space you already have. This renovation will add value to your home should you ever choose to sell it, as well.


Flooring can make or break the functionality and style of a room. Our babies crawl on it, children sit on it, we slide down the hallway in our socks on it, and our pets nap on it. There are so many uses for the one thing we think very little about (unless we jump out of bed barefoot on tile or concrete on a freezing winter morning.)

Our floors definitely receive their share of wear and tear and they do eventually wear out. Replacing them will cost you, but you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to do it. First, make sure that you have all the information you need in order to obtain want fits your needs and wants as best you can.

Second, be willing to compromise. What we want is not always what we can afford. Third, install it yourself. You don’t have to be an expert to lay flooring. There are countless online how-to lessons that have taught millions of people how to do ordinary everyday renovation projects. Look yours up.


Who doesn’t need a change in decor every now and then?! Let’s face it. There is only so long that you can stare at the pee stain on the couch your dog decided to gift you with last year. Most of us require a change in colors and arrangement, at the very least.

To do this on a budget is easier than you think. Start with the clearance sections of furniture stores. A lot of times, you will find couches and chairs on clearance just because new stock is coming in and they need to make room. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, try the thrift stores.

People donate gently used furniture all the time. If you have more eclectic tastes, a thrift store is also a great place to find vintage lamps, picture frames, and throws. Some don’t look kindly on this last option, but it holds more value than you think.

Another man’s trash could most definitely be your treasure. Check with friends and family and see if anyone is letting go of something you could use.

Renovating your home is one of the necessary elements to maintain the richness of life. Use these tips to make it a less expensive one.

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