RENOVATING ON A TIGHT BUDGET
• Do as much as you can yourself, but know when you need to get the experts in. If the work requires a specialist, you could end up paying out for costly repairs. • Scour local markets for bargain furniture – restoring furniture can be fun, so give it a go!
• Talk to locals about what you are doing – local residents are often thrilled that old buildings are being spruced up, and may even give you a hand! • Draw on local expertise – people are often willing to give you advice on how to tackle a particular job.
• Be realistic – make changes as and when you can afford it.