4. Purchases or Labor?
About now your Wish List will have some costs next to them and your total budget might look more like the National Debt. You can still have everything on the list, maybe just not all at once. You might trade wallpaper or stone feature walls for a bold paint. Either way, this will help you work out your priorities, room by room.
Don’t forget ancillary costs like skilled labor or shipping. Add 15-25% for labor, for example, if you decide to reupholster existing chairs instead of buying new ones, add money for workmanship, unless you are doing it yourself.
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5. Decorating and Renovation Draft Plan
Its time to develop your Wish List into a decorating or renovation draft document that outlines what you would like to achieve. Some items will be completed this year, others in one or two years.
With the priorities in order, list the work to be done, purchases, what is being replaced or recycled, and the cost estimates of each one. Add a timeline for each one according with purchase, delivery or installation dates. A computer spreadsheet will help you add these for a total budget, against what you will actually spend so you know when you can move on to the next project.
Money spent on features that you will use every day, hold their value, add value to your home and make a statement is money well spent. That could include flooring or built-ins, beautiful furniture or even art. These features don’t have to be expensive but quality materials are worth the investment if they are hard wearing and durable.
The bulk of any renovation or decorating budget is normally spent on big ticket items. Once you know how much these will cost, you may or may not have anything left for the smaller items like lighting, textiles, linens or decorative accessories.Textiles, linens and cushions can update a room fast – Source Pinterest
These are generally easy to switch out later and can help you update your look at any time for very little money. You can make a big impact and update a room, but keep your eye on the bigger projects.
8. Expenses Versus Investments
Juggling your budgeting, decorating, renovating and maintaining are an ongoing process. Constantly look at your list and adjust it with choices you can live with.
Source: PinterestYou might find a beautiful table for a great price, but it might eat into the rest of your budget for the dining room. It might be best to buy a smaller rug or less expensive dining chairs to keep within budget but get an investment piece that will last for years.
If hardwood floors take up most of your project budget, work out if zoning part of your floor with tiles might make a difference without hurting the look of your renovation.
9. Budget Alert Watch List
There are always blow outs with any decorating or renovation so its good to keep a percentage of your total budget for unexpected expenses in the range of 10-20% of your budget.
Create a lower priced budget if you can to make sure you’ll have money in reserve for tradesmen, electricians or plumbers when things go wrong. There are other things to put on your Budget Alert Watch List.
Extraordinary Not On the List Impulse Buys
When you are in full flight action mode, its easy to buy things that make the vision more complete, but that are not on the list of must-have. This can destroy your budget. To keep to your budget, keep it with you at all times and only transgress if you can’t find what is on the list or if you get an incredible deal on something on the list, but that you were planning to purchase later.
Shipping and Delivery Costs
These hidden charges can add up and add to your bottom line. Be vigilant. Ask manufacturers or retailers if they are willing to reduce shipment costs by combining other orders to your town, assuming you are happy to wait.
DIY SuppliesIt costs money to DIY. You might be saving on labor but the investment for supplies you don’t already own like rollers, brushes, ladders, tarps, saws, painters tape, trays and other items all add up. If you don’t already own these, and it is a small DIY job, work out if the investment is worth it.
10. It’s All About Timing
Don’t worry if you can’t do all your decorating, renovation or maintenance all at once. This is the time to spread the costs and plan what you would like to achieve this year. Do you projects in phases. Take your time and enjoy the process.