renovate HOW TO for less!
Refresh your home, without blowing the budget
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.