When your house starts to appear old fashioned and out of touch, then you have 2 options, you can either renovate your house or completely move into a new house. Many individuals will choose to renovate as they believe it to be cheaper than moving home, however the costs of renovating a house all add up and it becomes a very expensive job. There are ways that you can upgrade your house at low cost, you just need to know the correct products to use in order to save you both time and money.
The first element of renovating your house that you can save money on is your floor. A floor can completely transform your room and due to the materials and installation costs, it can be an expensive job. However, there is a certain process when selecting new flooring that all consumers should abide by. To make things simple we are going to disregard carpet, but if you are looking for carpet then certainly ask for any discontinued products or carpet remnants as it works out a lot cheaper.
If we move on to sturdier flooring such as real wood flooring, then there are a few easy ways to save yourself time and money. Solid wood flooring is an old traditional trend that is making a comeback, however it can be expensive, and the cost of installation can also be high. Therefore, a great alternative is engineered wood flooring as it is cheaper, and it is surprisingly more stable once installed. Engineered flooring is manufactured using multiple layers of plywood and then topped with a lamella of solid wood, also known as the wear layer, to replicate the appearance of solid wood flooring. By installing engineered flooring rather than solid wood flooring, you can save yourself up to £10 per square meter and achieve the same final appearance.
The kitchen is a room where manufacturers will try make as much money as possible and many individuals will now spend anywhere between £3,000 – £30,000 on a new kitchen. Now it is difficult to save money on the materials and utilities, however you are able to save on the installation costs. Many kitchen suppliers will offer the products only or the products alongside an installation service that can usually cost around £1,750 extra. You will be able to save around £500 by paying an external fitter for the installation as you will find that specialist kitchen companies will charge a premium installation cost. This theory may also be evident for bathroom suppliers, however most individuals will use a private bathroom installer anyway as they will have to be a fully licensed plumber.
The main piece of advice when renovating your house is to shop around. Most retailers of raw materials or utilities will all use the same supplier and then set their prices to be competitive on the market. Even if the website price is fixed, you will find that most of the time they are willing to beat any quote by a set amount.