1. Get inspired
There is an abundance of websites, tv channels, and magazines dedicated to DIY inspiration if you’re committed to tackling home improvement projects yourself but don’t know where to begin. Spend some time searching Pinterest or Houzz for ideas and tips on how to remodel, redecorate, and improve the rooms in your home. Magazines like Domino, Real Simple, and House Beautiful are chock full of photographs for every home and style of decorating, as well as tips on how to “get the look” featured on their pages. Often seeing how another home is decorated can get the creative juices flowing for your own space. Shows on channels like HGTV and the DIY Network are not only entertaining but can provide helpful tricks and lessons on how, with a little know-how and a lot of determination, you can make your own renovations without calling in the professionals (and thereby saving a ton of money).
2. Be scrappy
While home improvement warehouses are perfect one-stop shops for DIY home projects, material costs mount quickly.
Ask a manager at a home improvement store if they have a scratch and dent section for appliances and building materials, whereby deep discounts are often applied (even if they aren’t advertised, it never hurts to ask for deals!). Half-priced paint is often available by perusing the returns bin, which is the perfect way to get enough to paint your roof white and save 20% on your air conditioning bill (yes, really!).
Double your savings by seeking out free or discounted items in your local community. A quick online search can help locate scrap metal and building supplies that are often free with haul-away, and neighborhood forums and Facebook Buy, Sell, Swap groups are magnets for local businesses and homeowners trying to get rid of their excess stuff.
Many home decorating stores like Restoration Hardware also have outlets or factory stores where you can get the same quality items at a fraction of the cost. Though sometimes hit or miss, discount stores like HomeGoods, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx are a treasure trove of items to help decorate a home. And if you’re willing to spend the time, visits to flea markets, consignment shops, and antique stores can yield great results in terms of finding great deals on furniture and home goods.