These Budget-Friendly Tips Will Help You Get Your Home Ready This Spring Without Breaking the Bank
Spring is a favourite time for home renovations in Ottawa because of the cool weather. Not to mention longer days, increased energy, and the exciting feeling of having a fresh start to a new season. Whether you plan to repaint, replace flooring, or completely upgrade your kitchen, a spring renovation project can improve the overall look of your home, even if it’s a simple change. If you want to revamp your home but you are worried about your budget, consider the following money-saving tips when planning your home renovations in Ottawa.
Buy Renovation Materials from A Restore
ReStores are operated by Habitat for Humanity, and sell quality new or gently used supplies and materials at a reduced cost—typically 50 to 80 percent lower than retail price. There are two ReStore locations on either side of Ottawa (east and west) that are worth checking out. They are great spots if you want to save a significant amount on renovation materials and supplies.
Only Paint Where It’s Needed
The cost of repainting your whole house can really add up. Gallons of paint are expensive enough on their own, and then you have to account for the cost of painting supplies. Rollers, brushes, trays, primer, caulking, and tape can add up to even more when you have more rooms and colours to paint. To avoid going over budget with your renovations this spring, consider sticking to the areas of your home that need to be painted, such as:
- Damaged walls;
- Unappealing colours; and
- Rooms where you spend the most time in.
Affordable Carpeting Options
Replacing your carpets can boost your home’s value and comfort, but can also be very expensive. And since carpets have a short lifespan of around 5 years, investing into expensive carpeting doesn’t seem worth it. So, if you do plan to replace your carpets during your spring renovations, but you don’t want to spend a fortune, consider a cheap carpet with comfortable padding underneath or self-adhesive carpet tiles.
If you are doing a complete remodel of your home, you can do some simple demolition work on your own before the contractors start remodelling. A simple tear down of a wall can save you time and money with your overall renovation budget. Just make sure you aren’t tearing down a load-bearing wall or cutting through plumbing or wiring. If you’re unsure, it’s probably best to leave it to the pros.
You don’t have to dread the cost of your home renovations if you plan well. Stick within your budget, and consider hiring some skilled contractors. Save some money on your spring renovations in Ottawa with these budget-friendly renovation tips.