Home Improvement How to Avoid a Budget Blowout When Renovating Posted on June 15, 2018 8 min read 0 1,305 A renovation budget that breaks the bank is one of the most common ways people get into trouble during a renovation project. Proper planning is the key to a successful on-budget renovation. If you are on a tight budget check out these useful tips that will ensure a good return on your investment. Establishing the Scope of Works Properly: One of the complex things to manage about renovation is to know where to start or where to finish. If you have not fixed the basic parameters of a project, the risk of increasing costs will increase significantly. It is better to prepare a list of things that you would like to do, for example, remodel a kitchen. What will you need- new plumbing, electrical, tiling, etc? This will help you to emphasise on the important tasks. Once you have prepared a list of ‘must-haves’ depending on the size of renovation, you will now need to hire professionals. Your documentation set will help you to communicate your plans clearly to the professionals. One of the best way to ensure that you both are on the same page, know their scope of work. Swap Materials: Switching to more affordable materials is also the best way to cut costs when renovating. The bathroom and kitchen designers are the ideal space to install affordable materials, which will not only save you money and enhance your spaces as well. For example: Instead of granite you can choose engineered stone benchtop, they not only look attractive but are easy to clean, surface won’t stain and have the similar texture and colour to slate and natural granite. You can also opt for laminate flooring instead of hardwood timber or quarry floor tiles in place of ceramic. Use expensive materials for small areas where you are looking to make an impact. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: READ Things to Consider Before Choosing Commercial FlooringRenovating instead of building from scratch is the best way to reduce waste. Keep the amount of demolition to a minimum, if it can’t be avoided. You can reduce the need for materials by reusing all of the existing fabrics or buy second-hand material from craigslist, planetReuse or visit a local salvage store and get creative with the material. For example- You can use old doors for cabinet doors, old dresser as a vanity, create a statement wall with aged tin ceiling tiles and much more. Rather than adding your appliances, furniture and building materials to the dumpster, sell or donate them online or through a local organisation. Don’t move plumbing fixtures: Whether you are planning a bathroom or kitchen renovation in North West, make sure you stick with the existing water supply and waste points for your basin, shower, bathtub and floor waste. Because moving them is an expensive and time-taking process. Take the help of a professional and experienced plumber, to make the most of your existing layout and it will also help you to keep plumbing costs under control. Make Cosmetic Fixtures: If you don’t want to blow out your budget, don’t try to do everything. Make cosmetic fixes. They are quick, easy and affordable. Moreover, they are often the things that can turn heads. If you can’t afford to go for the complete bathroom renovation, you can paint up the half bathroom with bold paint color, you can replace the existing cabinet knobs with the new one or change the shower screen. Think-Long Term: A budget renovation is great, but good renovation means saving in the long run. You can achieve this by making energy-efficient choices. Invest in good quality insulation like LED lights and rainwater tanks, instead of spending thousand dollars on solar panels.