How to Make Sure You Can Afford Any Renovation

One of the most exciting things you can possibly do in your home is to go about changing it up completely from time to time. Anyone who has thought of doing this will know just how exciting it can be, and how many great reasons there might be to do it, and if you are thinking about doing such a thing in your own home then you will have many questions that you need to answer. One of the most pressing of these is likely to be the matter of how to make sure that you can actually afford any renovation that you might have planned. Although it might not seem easy at all times, the truth is that there is plenty you can do to make sure of this, and that is what we are going to look at in this article in some detail.

Because of the nature of renovation, and the amount of control you have over such a project, there are a lot of things that you are going to need to think about if you want to keep your costs down, raise more money, and generally make the project more affordable. In this article, we will take a look at these matters so you can get to the bottom of them and hopefully get to renovating your home in any way that you see fit. You could find yourself with a much more complete and enjoyable home in no time at all, without even having to worry all that much about money in the process.

decorating a room

Being Realistic

The first thing to point out is that you are going to have to be realistic about what you can and can’t achieve if you hope to pull off your renovation as best as you can hope to. Being realistic does not mean that you have to sacrifice all of your interior design dreams, but you will probably find somewhere that you have to at least compromise a little. This is perfectly normal, and it will generally mean that you are going to end up with a better end result anyway, but at first it can very much seem like a case of killing your darlings. It is therefore not surprising that so many people would struggle to do this. However, by knuckling down and being as prepared as possible for such shifts in the project’s tenure, you will ultimately be more likely to have a finished product which you can be proud of.

This matter of being realistic is also about ensuring that you know exactly what you are actually planning, so a big part of it will mean that you have a clear notion of what you are trying to achieve. If you go into the project not really knowing what you want, but just keen to have some kind of renovation done at some point, then you are actually much more likely to spend a lot more money in the long run. If you have a specific set of goals in mind, however, you will find that it is easier to remain realistic, and that will mean that you can ensure you are going to be able to fund at least some version of what you want to happen. So it appears there are two main parts to being realistic: knowing what you want, and also knowing how much money you are actually going to be able to spend. Let’s look at each of these concerns in turn.

Knowing What You Want

If you have never done anything of this kind before, you might well find yourself struggling at some point to understand what you need to do in order to work out what you actually want from the whole project. Or you might have a rough idea of the renovation you would like to do and its end result, but you are not entirely sure about the details. An important step is therefore going to be that you know exactly what you want to get out of your renovation, how the finished room or rooms will look, and so on. That is something that you will find is a lot easier to do if you simply make a point of planning out the renovation far in advance and in plenty of detail.

It’s important to go to paper for this part of the process. The more that you get your ideas down on paper, the more likely you are to actually get to grips with the project as a whole. It will also help you to separate out what ideas are likely to work from those which are perhaps not quite as realistic. This is a big part in figuring out how much you want and whether you are going to actually make it a reality, all the time of course considering the financial implications of the whole renovation too.

In all this, you much remember to consult anyone else you are doing this project with, and anyone who is going to be affected by it, meaning anyone living at the property itself. You want to know that they are actually going to be okay with the final version of the home, otherwise you might need to find some kind of a compromise. With that, you can be sure that you are at least moving in the right kind of direction generally.

Once you have done that, you should end up with a pretty strong plan for your renovation project, and that will mean that you can start thinking about how to budget it. The more realistic you are at this point of the process, the easier the next parts are bound to be.

paint charts

Your Available Funds

Once you have a rough kind of idea of how much money you are going to need to spend, you will need to look into whether you are likely to actually have that money available. In reality, you will sort of do this in tandem with the other process, as it will inform what ideas you are likely to put forward at what you know are likely to be too beyond your financial reach. But it’s important to look into to make sure that you know how to really nail down the available funds that you have and work out if it is going to be enough to carry through the whole project.

There is, of course, the matter of any savings that you might have, and this is the first place that you might look to work out what kind of money you have. You might also want to think about what money you are going to earn in the interleaving months before the project is complete, as that could form part of the budget. If you are in the fortunate position of being able to sell something else, that is worth looking into as well. It’s all about drawing together all of your potential funds to see what you have. You might be surprised to discover it is more than you had assumed, perhaps by a long way. You can then work to what you have, or hope to get funds elsewhere as well. But at least you now have a rough idea.

Sourcing Supplies

Remember that it’s not all about ensuring you have a lot of money upfront. You can save money on a renovation by being a little clever about where you get your supplies, in what quantities, and so on, and these kinds of decisions should also form part of your approach towards your renovation. The ideal is if you can find a source for getting building products at trade prices, so that you can save a considerable amount on those supplies and therefore don’t have to worry quite so much about how much you are spending overall. Of course, that can be tricky, and it is also worth thinking about renting out any items that you might need too, especially if your project is a one-off. As long as you source things in the best way you can, you will be saving money, so it’s worth thinking about.


For many people, such a renovation project will be simply impossible without some kind of a loan to utilise. If you are keen to make sure that you can make the project work out as soon as possible, then you will absolutely need to think about finding a loan, and that can be something which is both quite frightening and quite exciting in equal measures. There are of course many fears around taking out a loan, but it might also be exactly the thing which enables you to complete your renovation. If you do go down this route, remember only to borrow how much you need – which means having calculated that out well in advance – and ensure that you are going to be able to pay it back in good time. As long as you do that, there should be no problem with getting a loan out to help with your project.

Broadband, oh broadband ………

Hands up if you use broadband in your home? I mean who doesn’t right? Well my Hubby’s 95 year old Grandmother doesn’t but that is the only person I know who doesn’t. In our house we have iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, smart TV’s, sky and an xbox, and sometimes they are just about all using our broadband at the same time.

Working desk, macbook, note pads, phone and lamp

We have recently moved house, and one of the things I really looked into was the broadband available in new house. We couldn’t get fibre in our last house even though it was only a 10 minute walk into the town centre, crazy! It was so bad somedays that we would actually switch the wifi off on our phones and use 4G as it was faster.

Finding the best broadband for us

Running my blog from home, I have to make sure I always have internet access, and now we have fibre woohoo! Not only do I want the best broadband I also want the best value broadband. Sometimes that isn’t easy to find, with your first 6 months at this cost, then it goes up or an 18 or even 24 month contract that you just know your contract costs will change.

When we moved house, we were already in contract with Sky, who provide our TV, landline and broadband. So they came with us to the new house, but with fibre. What I like about Sky is I get everything included for one cost per month. However I have many friends how now just stream via Netflix or Amazon Prime, so they pay a much lower cost and then ensure they have great broadband.

I always try to make sure we are getting the best value for money, the more I save on our bills the more I have to put towards holidays. Travelling with the children is so important to us, so any saving I make make is a bonus.

Could business broadband be for us?

As I run my blog from home, I have been looking at business broadband. I have to ensure that it’s cost effective for us but is also something that is suitable for the whole family. It’s something I will look at when our contract with Sky finishes in about 6 months time. At the moment with business broadband I could get it for only £16.50 which really is value for money. I would then need to look into other options for the TV, would I cope with only Netflix and Prime? I’m not too sure to be honest. I might have to look into the simply sky TV package to go along with them.

What do you have in your home?

Fitting skirting boards to our house!

I have been talking about our home renovations plans for quite a while now, the skirting board company were kind enough to gift me skirting boards for the house. Like with everything I choose it takes me ages to decide, I wonder if I am making the right decision, if I should choose something different. I chose Chamfered and Rounded which I felt was a better fit for the house and I am so pleased we did.

The renovations for the house has taken longer than I thought, not too much. It did however led to more work then we originally thought it would. With plaster being removed from the walls, then getting the plasterer in, trades men are notoriously difficult to pin down. After all of the plastering was complete it, we had to wait for it to dry. Which took about a week, as the weather changed and was cold and wet for a couple of weeks……… wonderful.

waiting waiting for skirting board

The painting then began, with two mist coats of watered down white paint, we used a 50/50 spilt of paint and water to make up the mist coat. Apparently it is used to seal up the plaster as it gets quickly absorbed in before you add the top coat of your chosen colour. Each of the bedrooms had a different shade of Farrow and Ball paint that we had mixed up at a local trade centre, which saved us a few pounds on each tin. To get a good finish we put 3 coats of paint on, which I wasn’t expecting to do, but now they do look good.

Fitting skirting boards

measuring skirting board

After the painting was complete we went on to adding the skirting boards, measuring and cutting the various lengths. Luckily I didn’t have to do anything, my wonderful Hubby is quite the handy man, and so he cut the lengths and made sure the joins looked good. I was then called in to help fix them to the walls.

cutting skirting boards

My hubby had looked into this and how best to attach everything. He decided to use grip fix, which is this very sticky adhesive that also smells awful! He placed it along each skirting board length and together we placed it against the wall and held in place. This was repeated for each of the lengths, once they were in place, he then drilled them into the walls, only adding a few on each lengths to keep them in place.

attaching skirting boards

Once the grip fill had set and they hadn’t fallen off the walls, we then used decorators caulk to finish the tops and then filler for to cover over the drill holes. When dry they were sanded down, flush ready to be painted.

We opted for primed skirting boards, which was a great idea, it mean that once they were really we could just add the stain wood paint. We do not use gloss in our house, we have always used stain wood, we like the finish it leaves.

finished skirting boards

I am so pleased with the floor boards now they have been finished, they really do suit the style of the house and each room just seems to be complete. Now to sort out the living room and the rest of the house, wish me luck.

Thank you The Skirting Board Shop for gifting me the skirting boards for our forever home.