Remodeling your home is a long, tiring, stressful, and often expensive process. I remember growing up, we lived with the same early 1980s appliances, carpet, couches, etc. well into the late 90s simply because it was too much work, required more time than either of my parents could spare, and cost money they’d rather spend on other stuff (probably bills and food now that I look back). These are all things that prevent people from remodeling their homes. My family was comfortable and it wasn’t until we saw our neighbors homes that we realized it was time to remodel. It wasn’t easy and took over a year, but by planning correctly and being smart, we were able to do it on our limited household income. If you want to make some changes here are some things we did that could possibly help you as well.
- Make a schedule with prices and priorities.
If you are doing a full home remodel, there are going to be projects on top of projects. Make a detailed list of everything that needs to be done and put your priorities at the top. For example, it was much more important for my mom to remodel the kitchen before the guest bedroom. The kitchen is also one of the more expensive rooms to remodel, so it’s a great place to start.
- Set a date to start the remodel and save everything you can until that date arrives.
As mentioned above, remodeling is not cheap! It takes some serious saving if you want to update everything. If you have your list of priorities, it’ll give you an idea of your budget and how much you’ll need to spend. Whatever you think you’ll spend, add some more on top for unexpected expenses.
- Shop around…. A LOT!!
When making big purchases like new appliances, carpet and furniture, explore your options. You can get a base point to start with at AO.com. They have great deals from Groupon on appliances and furnishings to show you what to expect. When you are carpeting, see what kinds of guarantees different companies offer, installation fees, and other incentives that might lower the price in the long run. Remember, these will be there until the next remodel so be sure you like them!