4 Tips to Save Money on Your Home Renovation

Now that you finally have the keys to your brand new home after a long time of investment, it’s time to finally make the adjustments needed to make the place truly your own. Here are a few tips you can follow to do so without having to break the bank even more:

1. Set your budget
Set aside this certain amount by planning exactly how you want your place to look like, down to the last detail, and stick to this plan as much as possible. However, remember to leave an extra twenty percent in case of any unforeseen contingencies, which can make you go over your planned budget.

2. Think about how you will use that space in the next few years
One of the most common issues with home or HDB owners in Singapore is the issue of storage space, which can run out easily. Some areas of effect that you can consider other than the budget include your current and future lifestyle – having a lot of furniture now might seem nice, but can easily take up a good amount of space in your home.

3. Do it yourself
While it can be much easier to simply hire a renovating service to renovate your place for you, you may not always have enough budget leftover for that kind of expense. Doing the renovation yourself or with the help of a friend or two might take you a while, but can be quite fulfilling at the end of the day.

The same could be said for furniture. If you have to, you can always build it yourself. The good news is that most store-bought ones have their own instruction manuals, which should be easy enough for you to follow.
However, be warned – don’t expect to have to do everything yourself. Certain problems, such as connecting gas pipes and fixing leaky plumbing, should best be left to professionals.

4. Think minimal
The design of your home plays a large role in the renovation costs. This makes a home with a minimalist theme much cheaper and easier to renovate in the future if you decide to switch things around. However, there are other things that, while you don’t usually pay attention to them, should really be done away with.

For instance, it might not be a good idea to spend on carpeting if you have children or pets. Another thing you can do away with is wallpaper – while it looks pretty, Singapore’s humid climate can discolor it pretty quickly – and you can opt for painting your walls yourself.

With that said, you don’t have to compromise your style entirely and settle just for whatever is cheapest.