Giving your home a fresh new look may seem like an expensive endeavour, but there are
several ways to reduce costs. With smart shopping and preparation, you can give your home
the makeover it deserves. Our friends at Zoocasa give 8 tips to achieve cost-effective home renovations:
Set Realistic Goals
First, identify the areas of your home that need to be renovated and make an itemized list of the
major and minor tasks needed to complete the renovations. This will help you avoid
unnecessary additional costs. It’s also helpful to keep track of your spending throughout the
process that way you can better stick to your budget and shift resources if needed.
Shop Secondhand Stores
Discount, secondhand, or even online stores often have affordable materials of good quality.
See if there are any local yard sales happening in your area or antique markets. Look out for
used materials that can be refurbished, repainted or upcycled to look brand new. Little fixes like
scratches, dents and rips can easily be restored so don’t be deterred from choosing less-than-
Limit Structural Changes
Structural changes can be expensive, time-consuming, and unpredictable. Stick to cosmetic
changes that have a big impact to create a new look for your home. Try drawing attention to
walls or windows with a paint trim or add a statement wall using a vibrant or dark colour.
DIY When Possible
Do you know how to sand or paint wooden floors? What about installing tiles and painting walls?
Assess your abilities or even challenge yourself to learn a new skill in home improvement to
save significant money on labour costs. It might not to be as difficult as it seems.