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  At some point in the ‘life’ of a building, it’ll need a significant facelift and extensive repairs. Perhaps that time has come for you to renovate your house, but you don’t have a deep enough pocket to transform your abode into an impressive edifice. What should you do?
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Worry no more! There are ways to renovate your house, and its look and feel without spending huge sums of money in the process. Here, we’ll show you 10 steps to renovate your house on a budget. They are as follows:

Set Clear Objectives

First, define the purpose of your renovation. Whether it’s to increase your property’s resale value, improve functionality, or simply give it a fresh look, having clear objectives will help you prioritize tasks and allocate funds accordingly.

Budget Wisely

Having gotten clear on your objective, your next step would be to set up a budget for the project. Weigh such factors as your current savings, potential loans or financial help, and unexpected expenses (always set aside 10–20% more for unforeseen costs). When you have a budget to work with, you’ll be better able to avoid unnecessary costs.

Do It Yourself Where You Can

Some tasks don’t require a professional’s touch. For instance, you can paint walls, fix small cracks, and do some landscaping yourself. Taking on these tasks will enable you to shrink your expenses.

Shop Local

You can save time and money by sourcing your building materials and labour locally. This means going for decent items that are made in Nigeria and/or sold closer to you, and hiring builders who are close enough to not need to charge you commuting fees.

Repurpose and Upcycle

Instead of buying new furniture or decor items, you should try refurbishing what you already have. Repaint cabinets, reupholster old furniture, or even repurpose wooden pallets into something useful. These will be both economical and environmentally friendly.
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Your aim here is to get the best possible deal for everything (without sacrificing quality, of course). So negotiating prices has to be something you’re ready to do at every turn. You’d be surprised at how much you’ll shave off your total cost if you’re willing to press for lower prices just a bit more.

Choose Value Over Price

While it’s tempting to always go for the cheapest option, it’s essential to think long-term. Investing in better-quality materials might cost more initially, but it can save you money in the long run by reducing the need for frequent repairs or replacements.

Seek Recommendations

Before hiring any professional, it’s wise to seek recommendations from friends, family, or neighbours. They may know people who would do a good job for less than what many charge. This is usually the best way to find reliable, cost-effective artisans or contractors with proven track records.

Opt for Simplicity

You have limited funds at your disposal. Why not go for something that’s a demonstration of the beauties of minimalism? A minimalist approach can be both stylish and budget-friendly. Avoid complex designs or unnecessary features that only add to the cost. Simplicity often translates to affordability.
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Phase Your Renovations

Instead of renovating the whole house at once, consider doing it in phases. Start with the most crucial areas, and then gradually move to other parts. This approach allows you to spread the costs over time.

Final Words

Renovating your home in Nigeria on a budget is achievable with strategic planning and a little creativity. You can hit that target by following the tips we’ve shared here. Featured Image Source: Times Property
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This article was first published on 24th October 2023


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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