When you buy your first home, you have all sorts of grand renovation ideas that you would like to apply to your home! You might even know what will give you the most bang for your buck. However, you don't want to spend all of your money over doing one renovation in your home. Here are a few tips that you can use to keep some of the cost down and still have some money left to work on the next one!
Bathroom Update - This doesn't have to be costly if you have decent bones (like a good toilet, sink and vanity). A fresh coat of paint, updating the light fixtures and adding a more high end shower head (like a rain one) will give a clean, fresh feel to the bathroom as well as a bit of luxury. A shabby bathroom can make you dread going in there as well as be a turn off for when you decide to sell your home.
Flooring Fix - If you have wall to wall carpeting but think there are hardwoods under there, maybe just pulling up the carpet and refinishing the floor will be enough. If you know you are going to need new flooring because there aren't hardwoods, you still don't have to break the bank to have good, durable and beautiful flooring. What about durable laminate or luxury vinyl tile? Do some research and see what will work for you. Maybe not doing the whole house right off the bat, or maybe a combination of carpet and other floor will be less costly.
Minor Kitchen Remodel - Kitchens are the heart of the home and renovating it is always a good investment, but, you can do some more minor renovations to update it. Refinish the cabinets you have (if they are in decent shape) and add some newer hardware. Maybe update the appliances or faucet. If you have to choose between the countertop and the floor, choose the countertop. The countertop is at eye level and you can always add a throw rug to help cover the outdated flooring until you can redo it. Of course a coat of paint in the room can always make a big difference as well.
Backyard Bliss - Putting in a deck can be costly, but adding an outdoor patio with some pavers big enough for a table and chairs and a grill, will not only increase the square footage of living space but will also add years of enjoyment for you and your family. It's less expensive and can still be charming.
Curb Appeal - Of course, painting your home, changing out the light fixtures and updating your landscaping can add to the charm of your home, but, also updating the front door will too. This will give a seamless transition from the outside to the inside if the entryway is inviting. If you don't want to change the door, adding some high gloss paint will help freshen it up.
Above all, when it's your first home the best way to go is a little at a time in renovations. As you accomplish your tasks, you will begin to see the results and have more information as to what you can (or can't) do yourself and what exactly your home needs. Who knows...in some cases after you just paint a room, you might feel a world of difference has been made and you can relax and save up for something different down the road!--Jen Lush