Entry #1383, July 16, 2012
Whether you are moving into a fixer-upper home that needs renovating or you are upgrading your current home, upgrades are a necessary part of homeownership. Even though you may not be able to afford the renovations you want, finding a happy medium in price and affordability can be easier than you think. Instead of buying higher end finishes, you may be just as pleased with more affordable ones that show off the same beautiful aesthetics. Here are a few ways to renovate your home the cheap way.
- Beauty doesn’t have to be expensive: In the past 10 years there have been tremendous breakthroughs in home renovation materials and finishes. While you may think you need to take out home improvement loans to get fabulous kitchen cabinets, you can reface your existing ones and still get beautiful wood stained cabinets. If you can’t afford the granite countertops you been dreaming of, why not opt for granite and polymer combined varieties? These countertops are half the price and fit over your existing countertops for a finished look you will love without a dent in your wallet.
- Decide where to splurge: Home renovating can be expensive and choosing where to splurge and where to cut corners is essential. Home appliances are an area that most homeowners can see a return on investment when selling their home. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a wood kitchen floor, consider a ceramic tile wood look-alike for half the price and put the extra money into quality and energy-efficient appliances. Determine what areas of your home are in need of renovating and what areas could use minor fixes. Often times new hardware on cabinets, or new plumbing fixtures can save you money without redoing the entire room.
Money shouldn’t be a deterrent in renovating your home. In fact there is no better time to renovate your home. Manufacturers are offering great products that look just as good as there higher priced counterparts, and often times will last longer in durability. Before you put off your home renovation another few years, revisit the idea with these helpful tips and see how much your dream home may be closer to reality than you ever imagined.
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