How To Do A Home Renovation On A Budget

If you haven’t bought a new home, is it still possible to do a Home Renovation On A budget and make it look like a new home? The short answer is YES! When you start planning a home renovation, the dollars can quickly add up. So, my advice would be to do some of the tasks yourself if you intend to do a home renovation on a budget.

How to do a home renovation on a budget
How to do a home renovation on a budget

Read on to find our Top Tips to do a home renovation on a budget.

One important thing to take into consideration: If you decide to do all the tasks yourself, get advice from suppliers. You need to make sure to get the small fixes right. Your hardware stores usually have friendly people, ready with a few tips. The last thing you need is to spend money on supplies and have to fork out more to fix the mess that you’ve made.

Also, you’ll need to be careful that you don’t make your DIY renovation look cheap.

You can also get a few quotations from different tradespeople and see if their prices may fit into your budget. You alone will know what you’re comfortable with. After all, not all people have the same budget.

However, whether you’re updating to add value or just to make your home more comfortable, renovating on a budget is definitely still possible.

Here are some top tips on how to do a home renovation on a budget:

  1. Add a new coat of paint
  2. Refresh your kitchen.
  3. Install new doorknobs, faucets, and light fixtures
  4. Revive your bathroom and maybe your laundry
  5. Boost your curb appeal

Home Renovation Tip #1.

Add a new coat of paint.

Now, let me be clear… You should make the decision if you’re going to paint your home only inside, or outside as well.

I strongly suggest, that if you decide to paint your home inside, go for the whole interior. Painting only certain rooms will give the impression that the home renovation job is half done. And what you want, is to make your entire home look fresh.

I suggest that you use good paint that is washable. Too often have I seen that inferior quality of paint is used and then it gets dirty easily or even scratched. Your local hardware or paint shop will provide you with advice regarding the different types of paints.

Quality paint can go a long way and it does make a big difference to each room in your home. I suggest that you do your own research first before you jump in and choose colours. The colours that you choose can make or break the atmosphere in your home. At the end of the day, you want to create a harmonious feel in your home. Am I correct?

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Will you consider paining yourself when doing your Home Renovation?

Tip #2

Refresh Your Kitchen.

Now, only you can decide what you want to achieve when you’re going to refresh your kitchen.

Here are some changes you can make if you have a tight budget:

  • Replace the door handles of the cabinets
  • Replace old fashioned taps with modern ones
  • If your appliances are old and not looking good anymore…replace them
  • Repair or replace broken tiles
  • A new splash-back behind the stove and taps may result in a beautifully refreshed look
  • If you have laminated cupboards and they saw better days, you can actually paint them with laminate paint. I strongly advise that you get advice from your local paint shop on how to do it successfully.

But whatever you do, you need to make it look neat and tidy. You don’t want it to look as if a five-year-old did the painting job for you.

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Add a successful kitchen renovation to your Home Renovation

Tip #3

Install new doorknobs and light fittings.

How to do a home renovation on a budget, using effective lighting design

There are few things that can scream ‘outdated’ and ‘old-fashioned’ as old, dated light fittings and door handles. It won’t matter much if you’ve painted your home and updated the décor, and left the old light fittings exactly where they are.

Replacing the old light fittings with new, modern light fittings will make a significant change in the overall look of your home. It will immediately give it an updated look. You can go to the different hardware stores to find various affordable lighting options. Even Ikea may have a few that may interest you.

However, if you want to go all the way and use your lighting to change the ambiance of your home, I suggest you engage in somebody to assist you. And you don’t have to employ an expensive interior designer or decorator. You can simply find a good and reliable electrician who has experience in lighting design.

I can, with confidence, recommend Diederik from Optop Electrical. He has the ability to understand what people want, how they want to live, and their desired outcome when it comes to lighting design.

Opto Electrical will not only be able to assist you with an effective lighting design, but they’ll also handle the complete installation as well if your home is in the area where Opto Electrical Covers. Opto Electrical is considered one of the most reliable electricians by their customers.

You’ll be able to find affordable door handles at your local hardware store.

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Beautiful Lighting Design For Your Home Renovation On A Budget

Tip #4

Revive your bathroom and maybe your laundry.

It’s easier than you think to make your home look like a new home

As in your kitchen…If you have old laminated cupboards in your bathroom, you can paint them with laminate paint. You can even paint tiles quite successfully. However, you’ll need to know what you’re doing.

I would say that you should almost be a perfectionist. I won’t attempt that myself. However, I did a renovation for somebody at some stage in my life. And the lady suggested that I paint the tiles instead of replacing them. I refused since I’d never done that before. And she went ahead and did it herself. I have to say, it turned out beautiful! Nobody could even see that the tiles were painted.

However, you’ll be able to find locally sourced affordable tiles and use that, instead of designer tiles. With the correct use of tiles, you can create a lovely modern effect. In this case, I would suggest you get a professional tiler to do the tiling for you.

Replacing old taps and fittings with modern fixtures and faucets may just put your bathroom on another level. It is possible to have a bathroom at home that reminds you of a luxury spa.

If you decide to replace the bath, basin, and shower, I do suggest that you engage in a licensed plumber. You don’t want to attempt this yourself unless you are a qualified plumber.

If you put in the effort and shop around, you may find fixtures at reasonable prices.

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Make your home look like a new home with a well-planned home renovation

Tip #5

Boost your curb appeal.

I should have actually mentioned this tip first. The reason why I say this is because this is the first thing that should be done to add value to any home.

A few things you can do to boost the curb appeal of your home:

Update your front door. Either paint it another colour or replace it. If it’s a beautiful timber door, it may only need sanding and sealing.

Make sure your front garden is neat and tidy. If the lawn doesn’t look good, you can find out from your local nursery how to treat it and transform it into a lush green carpet. And make sure that you keep your lawn trimmed.

Make sure that shrubs are trimmed and garden beds are weeded and mulched. It does make a big difference if you have a thick mulch in your garden beds. And it wouldn’t hurt if you add a bit of colour to your front garden.

If your budget allows it, you may want to consider painting the outside of your home as well. You’ll just see what a difference that can make.

While we’re talking about the outside… Many home buyers prefer having an outdoor entertainment area. Maybe you may want to consider updating your outdoor entertainment area and making it look fresh and welcoming.

If you already have a patio and don’t really use it, it will make an amazing outdoor entertainment area if you plan it wisely. The secret is to allow this space to compliment the inside decoration of your home. It should feel as if it’s part of your home.

Even if you’re not planning to sell your home, you’ll end up with the ultimate place to sit back and relax.


Don’t feel stressed or overwhelmed about your home renovation process.

Start small, look for ways to save money without sacrificing style, and take one step at a time. And soon you’ll be on your way to the beautiful home of your dreams!