Renovations per room can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to more than $100,000. Yes—you read that number correctly. So, if you’re working with several rooms, your costs can quickly add up, perhaps being more than tens of thousands of dollars to bring your project to fruition.
It’s safe to assume that most of us don’t have that kind of money lying around. That’s why many homeowners turn to DIY home renovation to get the job done at an affordable price. There are several upgrades you can do without the help of contractors—updates that look great without breaking the bank.
Keep reading for some of our thriftiest tips!
Use Paint to Your Advantage
A fresh coat of paint is an instant makeover for any old home.
Repainting things like the interior and exterior walls, the front door, the kitchen cabinets, and the ceiling can bring an immediate facelift to a drab space. You can even paint things like the tiles of your bathroom floor as a way to update the bathroom without removing the flooring (which can be incredibly costly and time-consuming).
The best part is that paint is super budget-friendly and DIY-able. Choose timeless paint colors—i.e., natural hues instead of bold ones—and your paint job will stay classic well into the future.
If you’re not sure precisely what color you want to paint the walls, you can opt for a temporary solution of press-on wallpaper. Doing so looks great in the interim while you decide what permanent color schemes you’d like.
Focus on the Backsplash
The kitchen is a central part of any home, the place where people gather, eat, drink, and hang out in the mornings and evenings. We’ve already offered one tip for refreshing the kitchen: painting the kitchen cabinets. Another way to bring your outdated look into the present is by redoing the backsplash.
The backsplash is a much more affordable project than you might think. Choose from any number of patterned or solid tiles and place them wherever you cook often. Not only does this look great for an affordable price, but it cuts your cleaning time!
Bonus: you can even do brand-new tiles in the bathroom or shower for a quick upgrade there, too.
The average cost for a DIY backsplash is about $21 per square foot.
Utilize Small Upgrades
The cost of renovating an entire room can be overwhelming. Before you know it, you may find yourself Googling people who claim: we will buy any house! Before you take it that far, see if some small-but-mighty updates can improve the overall ambiance of your space.
Some practical, yet inexpensive, ideas include:
- New knobs on the doors and cabinets
- An update on the lighting fixtures in the home
- Fresh, modern wall art
- Potted plants on larger surfaces
- A deep clean of the siding of your home
- Hanging new shades or curtains over the windows
Of course, a decluttering of the entire home, with a focus on minimalism, will also make your space seem brighter and less crowded in no time.
DIY Home Renovation: You’ve Got This!
Who says you have to break the bank to bring your old home into the present?
Using these thrifty tips, your space will start to look great and renewed in no time. A DIY home renovation is where it’s at if you want to save money (and time) but still give your home a noticeable facelift.
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