It might be too late to start and finish renovations in time for the new year, but the start of 2021 could be the perfect time to start your home renovation journey. The hardest part of the process is starting, so if you’re reading this article then at least you’ve already taken the first step. We’ve compiled some of our favorite home renovations tips, whether you’re doing your first round of renovations or trying to think of some new ideas to implement into your home, we’ve got you covered.
Think about your budget.
Before any renovations begin, you should think about how much you are willing and able to spend. Imagine being halfway through the master bedroom and not having enough to finish it! Set a budget, have room to add 10 to 20% of your initial amount to that and stick with it. In considering your budget, you should also think about what the most costly renovations will be and if they will give you a return on investment. Some renovations will definitely be costly, but if those changes will bring you joy and there’s potential for it to increase the value of your home, it may be a worthy investment.
Keep a spreadsheet or notebook tracking materials you need.
It will save you a lot of time if you stay organized and keep track of materials, paint colors, and fixtures that you are buying or keeping your eye on. Keep all of these details in a google spreadsheet where they can be easily accessed. This could also help you remember where you got certain things in the future in case you find yourself needing to make some repairs.
Beware of keeping up with trends.
Just as they are in fashion, trends are short-lived in home renovations too. When deciding on the choice of wallpaper or color, keep in mind that the new printed wallpaper you’ve been seeing in the home lifestyle sites may go out of date in the coming years. A timeless single-colored paint job might be better in the long run. When making big design decisions, don’t shy away from consulting someone at the store or an interior designer on their opinions. It never hurts to hear a second opinion.
Keep it minimal and seek out multi-purpose furniture.
To create a more spacious home, look for furniture that will help you conserve space and remind you to stay tidy. One example of this could be ottomans, which can be used as a seat while adding a decorative flair to your home, it can also be used as storage space. Another place to seek multi-purpose furniture is in your kitchen, a counter-height island table with stools could double as an extra space for meal prep while also serving the purpose of a casual dining area.
An energy-efficient home is a money-saving home.
Though it might seem costly to begin with, thinking ahead about how you can make your home more energy-efficient could save you money in the long run. One way to help conserve energy and lower costs is to switch to LEDs. Some LED brands can use up to 75% less energy while lasting 25 times longer than old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs. You might also want to consider solar panels as another way you can help the environment and potentially decrease energy costs. One incentive for installing solar panels in San Diego is the 22% federal tax credit, which can make up for some of the initial costs of setting up your new energy source.
Consider the benefits of insulation.
Investing in insulation could be the difference between uncomfortably hot summers and unexpectedly cool winters in San Diego. You can have them installed on the floors, walls, or ceilings. One big advantage of this is that it can lead to lowered energy consumption as it will reduce your use of air conditioning or heating systems.
Bigger space at a lower cost
Colors can change the experience of being in a space, specifically light colors and bold accents. Light or white colors can open up a room and make it appear brighter overall, especially if you have nice windows in the room. Consider floor-length curtains, which can make the room look even more spacious. Additionally, you may want to take a look at bold-colored accent furniture to help make a room look cozier and inviting to guests.