Have you looked around your house lately? Maybe you’ve been avoiding it. Maybe you just haven’t noticed. Whatever the reason, it’s time to face the truth – your home needs a makeover.
Whether it’s a small change or a complete renovation, redecorating your home is a great way to reinvigorate your environment and fall back in love with the place you’ve chosen to live. But as with any home improvement, cost is always going to be an issue. That problem can be compounded by the fact that it’s difficult to accurately estimate how much the work will cost until it’s already underway.
So how can you redecorate while staying faithful to a responsible budget? What are the areas worth spending more on, and what can be done on the cheap? How can you redecorate without losing your savings and your sanity?
If You Have $1,000 or Less
For those working on a tighter budget, shopping around is key. You may not be able to afford that brand new sofa you’ve had your eye on, but you can probably find a used version for a fraction of the price. Whatever changes you’re looking to make, there are affordable options available for thrifty people with an open mind.
Financial writer Jackie Lam of Cheapsters.org said she finds great deals on furniture, artwork and home accessories at swap meets and yard sales.
She recommends getting creative with how you look at the furniture, pictures and home decor that you already have. Just because something is labeled as a dresser or desk doesn’t mean that’s the only way you can use it.
“I’m big on furniture that is versatile, such as using a colorful filing cabinet as a nightstand,” she said. “Modular furniture is also something that you can do to save money. For instance, what works as a square table can also double as stools (with small cushions placed on top of them) when you have guests.”
If You Have Between $1,000 – $5,000
Redecorating can be fun for those with a crafty eye and a knack for color. But for the rest of us, it can feel as unpleasant as high school calculus.
When Certified Financial Planner™ Sophia Bera of Gen Y Planning relocated from Minnesota to Austin, she decided to use the website Havenly to get interior design inspiration. The service, which runs between $79 to $199 per room, offers suggestions and ideas about what to do with your space. They’ll even tell you where to buy everything you need.
“I ended up ordering throw pillows and artwork (from the site), but more importantly it gave me a feel for the room I wanted to create. I could then shop on other websites like Ikea, Joss & Main, and Crate & Barrel to find more affordable versions of what I was looking for,” Bera said.
Another easy method Bera used to save on her new digs was to include the keyword “coupon” any time she searched online for decor for her new pad. It takes less than a minute and can help you save hundreds.
If You Have Between $5,000 – $10,000
While most people think only about the inside of their property when redecorating, family blogger Kelly Whalen of The Centsible Life says you should also consider the outside. This is especially relevant for those with a little more in their budget.
“Don’t forget to update your outdoor areas with plants, a fresh coat of paint (if possible), and something fun for the yard (think hammock, a used playhouse for the kids, or some new yard games),” she said.
Other outdoor upgrades include a new grill or smoker, patio furniture or even a hot tub. Be sure to shop around, as even luxury items can be found at big discounts by those with a keen eye for savings.
If you’re looking for tips, be sure to check out the Zing Blog’s Dos & Don’ts of Home Decorating!
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