Many homeowners will take to housing renovations come spring. If you are on a budget, these are some of the best cost effective ways to renovate your home.
Learn to DIY
Fortunately, the nation has seen an increase in DIY enthusiasts. This popularity means that you have greater access to DIY information. You can find out how to complete pretty much any project within your home on the internet. Before you jump into a project, make sure you do your research. Be aware of any problems that can arise during the project. Also, make sure to order your materials ahead of time. You can save a lot of money by cutting out the labor, but you will still have to pay for the materials.
There are many places to order materials from. You can go to your local home improvement store or you can order materials online. Check out prices in both retail options and see what the individual store?s inventory looks like. Visiting local specialty flooring stores are also a good option. Where you purchase your materials from might also depend on the type of materials that you need.
Choose an alternative flooring type
Premium flooring options are going to cost the most. If you opt for real hardwood floors, for example, you will pay the high cost of hardwood materials. There are many alternative flooring types on the market. If you enjoy the look of hardwood flooring but you are on a budget, consider doing a laminate flooring instead. Laminate flooring is more affordable, easier to lay, and you can choose designs that mimic traditional hardwood floors. About 90% of homeowners prefer hardwood or tile in the kitchen. But, you can put hardwood floors or even laminate in pretty much any room in the house.
Even carpet flooring has alternative options available. Laying brand new carpet around the entire house can result in a pretty large invoice. Yet, carpets have many advantages. Carpeted floors are comfortable and studies suggest that they can reduce allergens. In Sweden, when carpet usage decreased by 70%, allergic reactions within the general population increase by 30%. You can cut your carpet costs by using carpet tiles. Carpet tiles are individual pieces of carpet that are stuck to the floor. If one gets ruined, you can easily replace it without replacing the entire carpet.
Purchase leftover materials
If you are set on having real hardwood or carpet in your house, you can also choose to purchase leftover materials. Homeowners and contractors are often recommended to purchase additional materials in the event of inaccurate measuring or problems with the original materials. This can result in large amounts of leftover materials. Many homeowners and businesses are willing to sell these remnants for a discounted price.
Of course, you will have to measure the rooms you need to lay flooring for and see if there are enough carpet remnants or hardwood materials left for it. You will also want to over measure to account for any mistakes. According to a 2017 Houzz survey, of homeowners just renovating their kitchens, 71% are upgrading their flooring. With an increase in homeowner renovations, you should be able to track down some remnant materials.
Take advantage of the increased resale value
Installing new flooring will also increase the resale value of your home, making it worth it in the long run. In fact, data from the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) revealed that 99% of realtors believe homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell. Carpet tiles are great for a short term renovation but are unlikely to warrant as high of a return value.
Spring is just around the corner and it is time to plan your household renovations. If flooring is on your to do list, make sure you are prepared and that you order the needed materials ahead of time. You can easily cut your renovation costs by purchasing flooring alternatives like carpet tiles, DIY projects, and by taking advantage of the increase resale value.