The Simplest Tasks To-Do when Renovating Your House

When embarking on a campaign of home renovation, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work that there is to be done. Fear no more, however, as we have drawn up an itinerary of the most straightforward tasks that will make a massive difference in the quality of your property.

Our first suggestion is to replace old flooring with sprayers. Although it seems intimidating, swapping out any old and dilapidated flooring materials for new ones will noticeably improve the appearance of your house and can be done yourself for a surprisingly small amount of money. For a more up-market aesthetic, look to replace worn-out carpeting with wooden flooring or even tiles or flagstones. Much can be had cheaply from hardware superstores by seeking out discontinued products or ones being sold on clearance. Reclamation yards are also a great source of affordable, good quality materials, though can prove to be seasonal in terms of the size of their inventory.

The second trick is to look to maximize the amount of light inside your house. Not only will this make it easier to see and save on power bills, but it will also energize the interior of your home. The most obvious way to do this is by adding windows, but simply painting your rooms in lighter colors (optimally in white or off-white) will make rooms dramatically brighter. Contrast this with an accent wall in a more garish color, and you will see your rooms given a whole new lease of life.

Refinishing existing surfaces is also a good way to spice things up. Old hardwood floors can be brought back to a lustrous sheen without the use of a belt sander by simply recoating them, not only is this a much simpler process, but it can be accomplished for a much lower price. In older houses, consider repainting window casements and other plain, exposed areas of wall with sand and fibers mixed into the paint. This will lend much-need texture to the finished surface, and can be built up as needed, lending a rustic and lived-in feel to potentially sterile rooms such the kitchen, bathroom or entranceway.

Additionally, if looking to sell the property, you should also put a good amount of thought into making sure your house’s interior is plain enough to allow for ease of cosmetic makeovers. This is not to say that it should be bland and characterless, but buyers should be able to envisage their own future in the house and should be able to easily tailor its interior to their needs.

A great idea for starting your renovation is to add a patio or decking to your garden. Not only is this a relatively straightforward task, but it will drastically improve both the appearance and usability of your house. Much like flooring, decking materials can be found for shockingly low prices on clearance or in discontinued ranges. Buying in an off-season (i.e. midwinter) will reduce prices even further.

How to make your money go further when renovating

Renovating a home on a tight budget is no easy feat. As such, we have compiled some ways to improve drastically improve the appearance and monetary value of your home without breaking the bank.

Our first piece of advice is to hire independent contractors for smaller-scale projects instead of larger companies. The individual tradesmen will generally have lower fees that large companies due to their smaller overheads and operating costs. Another major positive of hiring independent contractors is that you will be able to find reviews of their individual performance and standard of work online, ensuring that the person working on your home will be the best you can find. Additionally, they will be directly accountable to you for the quality of service delivered, instead of potentially directing your complaints to an indifferent customer service department.

measure-twice-cut-onceOur second tip is to do any simple work yourself. The fitting of cabinets or trimmings and painting of rooms are fairly straightforward tasks and can be accomplished by any able-bodied adult. However, it is very important to adequately prepare by creating detailed plans and double-checking your work before proceeding (“measure twice, cut once!”). It is also crucial to be sure to use the proper tools and safety gear to prevent having to take time out of a project to correct poor handiwork or recover from a preventable injury.

Consider adding a parking space or driveway to your front garden if your house does not already have one, or even adding a gas furnace. This will lend extra value to the property and can be done in a short amount of time by using relatively cheap materials such as paving slabs and/or gravel in order to fit well within your budget. Although many people consider tarmac may be a more attractive option, with oil prices steadily rising, you may find it to be substantially more expensive.

A fourth method to make your money stretch further is to re-purpose your garage into a workshop, gym or recreational room instead of using it purely for storage. This is a relatively cheap option, as most of the costs will be in furnishings (i.e. workbenches, mats and carpeting, game tables, a safe etc) and most of the necessary items can be found second hand either online or in your local thrift shops.

Our final and perhaps most powerful tip is to clean up your garden. Kill any ants, repair bald patches on the lawn and consider adding flower beds with characterful but cheap and low-maintenance plants such as lavender, which possesses a nice aroma, color and which is virtually indestructible owing to its resistance to both arid and cold climates. Maidengrass is another favorite, as it fills a good amount of space and is extremely hardy, much like Spirea a fairly undemanding shrub that produces a good amount of blossom. Another pick is Heather, which will provide year-round color and is very resistant to frost. Finally, if you can commit to bi-annual pruning, Ivy can be added to cover any unsightly walls.