ren­o­vate HOW TO for less!

Re­fresh your home, with­out blow­ing the bud­get

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Home Revamps -

r ren­o­vat­ing is a pricey busi­ness – but it doesn’t have to be! If your bud­get is tight and you don’t mind get­ting amongst it, you can still make all those changes you’ve al­ways dreamed about. Kitchens, bath­rooms, bed­rooms and even out­doors – nowhere is off lim­its!

SURF THE NET

The in­ter­net is as im­por­tant a tool as a ham­mer, drill or paint­brush to achieve your makeovers. You can also make bet­ter use of your ren­o­vat­ing time. Got five min­utes while you’re wait­ing for the bus? Whip out the phone and do a lit­tle quick reno re­search!

• You never know what you’ll find on trad­ing sites like Gumtree! Look for sec­ond-hand bar­gains and brand-new items that cost much less than you’ll pay in the shops, and keep an eye out for the free­bies!

• Keep track of the price of sup­plies and ap­pli­ances from re­tail­ers and auc­tion houses, es­pe­cially dur­ing sale time.

• It’s not just for buy­ing! Sell un­used build­ing ma­te­ri­als, ap­pli­ances and fit­tings to top up your reno funds. Even if you give stuff away, it means you don’t have to pay to get rid of it.

• Sites like bhg.com.au have loads of DIY tips and tech­niques. Free ad­vice from the ex­perts can save you time and money.

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