Remodel Your Home

If your like everyone else currently tightening their belts as you face increased living costs, job insecurities and the rising cost of house prices, you are probably looking for a more affordable and economic way to repair a home.

Undertaking home repair and remodeling yourself is a great way to save on cash by cutting out the middle man and saving on contractors, or you may just enjoy spending time improving the things you love and getting a sense of accomplishment from the final outcome of home repairing.

There is no job around the home that you can not do yourself if you have the time and the resources, everything from painting the walls, laying new tiles, installing kitchens and building a deck you just need to make sure you plan it first.

Analyse the Expenses

In terms of budget you will want to consider all aspects of the home repair and remodel. If you are aiming to increase the value of your property make sure the money spent on improving it will be worth it. Assign yourself a budget and estimate all of the costs involved. Here are some expenses to consider:

  • Timber
  • Plumbing materials ie: bathware, piping, drainage and tank/pump systems
  • Building materials
  • Paint and applicators
  • Electrical fittings
  • Locks and door hardware
  • Hand tools and accessories
  • Housewares
  • Kitchen joinery
  • Finishes
  • Garden equipment
  • Nursery and plant items
  • Other general hardware

On top of these areas you will also have to include any sub consultant fees, as not everyone can be a builder, plumber and an electrician and you don’t want to end up with wiring in the wrong places and pipes sticking out of the wall.

Finding Alternatives

When it comes to home repair and remodeling you need to explore all of your options. There are endless products on the market so be careful about accepting one person’s word, as there is likely to be a cheaper alternative available.

Home repairing is also becoming cheaper as there are a number of products on the market that can help to save you money. For example, if you are going to repair a home that has copper piping you can replace it with plastic piping which is more affordable and just as effective.

Check to make sure your builder is sourcing the best and most affordable products, especially when it comes to plumbing and electrical items. You may also want to keep a list of brand names of products or appliances you are thinking of purchasing so you can do some research to find the best value for money.

Collecting Ideas

Gathering ideas for materials is easy and heaps of fun. I would suggest creating a scrapbook full of your ideas and samples. Inside it you can write down any concepts that have caught your eye, colour schemes you responded too and samples you have collected.

Look at home and garden magazines for inspiration, take an online virtual tour of other houses, kitchens and gardens, or better still visit showrooms and exhibitions for a first hand look at different materials.

Manage Your Project

Managing your project efficiently in terms of time, money and people is very important. If you decide to hire a tradesman to help you carry out the more technical aspects of your home repair you need to keep control. Remind them when you need things completed and don’t be scared to let them know who is boss.

Keep a record of all of your transactions including invoices, purchase orders, schedules and any agreements you enter into with contractors during your home repair and remodeling, this will protect you against any liability in the future.

To repair a home takes a lot of dedication and hard work, so make the results worth it by taking the time to get the best outcome you can.