This year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve probably spent more time at home than ever before – whether you have been working from home or staying inside to help take care of yourself and those around you. As a result, you’ve probably started to pick apart it’s every flaw – questioning why you went for such a bright colour of paint in the hallway or wondering if the paintings have always been crooked (spoiler: they probably have). Months of questioning may have encouraged you to make some changes around the home to freshen up your home during lockdown.
However, if you are now considering more serious renovations, you need to plan ahead carefully in order to ensure you don’t rush into a decision you’ll regret, or spend money you don’t have.
With that in mind, here are some things you can do to make renovating your home easier!
1. Start with a mood board.
Sometimes, deciding exactly what changes you want to make to your home can be difficult. Therefore, it is important that you plan ahead and know exactly the kind of look and style you are going for. In order to do this, you could cut out pictures from home decor magazines or print out those you find online. This is a great way to gain a clear picture in your mind – whether you are looking for timeless bathroom styles or modern kitchen inspiration – and can help make the process that much easier.
2. Set yourself a budget
Home renovations can be expensive. What starts as a simple project can quickly spiral, especially if you are extra-willing to hit ‘purchase’ when shopping online. Therefore, it is essential that you decide upon a budget before you start. That way, you can ensure you don’t overspend.
3. Save money by shopping second hand
Buying new furniture is bound to put some strain on your finances, therefore you should always see if you can source the items second hand – be that through online groups such as Facebook marketplace, or in a local charity store. Pre-loved items are great for adding a unique touch to your home, and you never know exactly what you are going to find. You might be pleasantly surprised! You can also ask friends or family if they are getting rid of any old furniture that you could get your hand on.
4. Do it yourself
If you have extra time on your hands, why not do some of the renovation work yourself? Although you should leave anything particularly dangerous – such as anything involving electricity or plumbing to those who are fully qualified, there are plenty of tasks you could tackle yourself. Why not DIY some of your own furniture, or paint the walls, or even create some artwork for your walls? The possibilities are endless – and when you DIY a project, not only does it save you money, you’re also ensuring that the item is completely unique. Nobody else will have anything like it, which makes it even more special than something you’d buy online.
5. Make room
Of course, it’s important to make sure that you don’t have all your usual belongings in the home clogging things up, taking up space, and making accidents more likely. To that end, you might want to work with a removals team to temporarily move belongings out of the home easily and quickly. Whether your rent temporary storage for them or you have a friend or family member that might have some space you can use, it’s a good idea to make sure that the renovation areas are clear for you to work in.
Nb. Collaborative post.