How to renovate cheaply?

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1. Start with the basics

Renovating your home does not mean that you have to renovate everything at once. Draw up a renovation plan and start with the most urgent matters so that your limited budget does not increase in the long term. Schedule non-essential renovations at a later time so that you can keep an overview on your budget.


A well-insulated home ensures that your home loses much less heat. That way you can save a lot on the energy bill that you can use to perform other renovation work. To avoid unnecessary costs, it is best to make an overview of the following:

  • Which insulation works (roof, wall or floor) are needed?
  • What is the insulation method and surface of these works?
  • What material and thickness do you want to use for this?
  • Finishing, some insulation works need a new finishing layer
  • Pay for the works with insulation premiums
  • Compare quotes from different insulation specialists to get the cheapest offer

Moisture problems:

It is important to ensure that moisture problems in your home are dealt with quickly and correctly. This way you save yourself a lot of trouble and costs. Moisture at home can have various causes, such as:

  • Rising moisture: This occurs in older houses where no flood defense is provided, so that the soil moisture is absorbed by the walls and affects them.
  • Dampening moisture: The phenomenon occurs when rain can penetrate the wall. So it's a problem that usually comes from the clouds and shows that your walls are porous or damaged. You can recognize this because the spots are often higher and visible on the outer wall.
  • Condensation moisture: You can recognize this by the superficial damp spots or molds in rooms with a lot of condensation. Often you can easily avoid this by ventilating your home or installing a ventilation system.
  • Leaks: If the above causes cannot explain the damp spots, you may have a leak in your home. This is not always easy to recognize and can only be visible after a few months. So make sure you call a specialist to solve this quickly and efficiently.

These problems always require a different diagnosis and approach so that the problem is solved once and for all. 

Facade renovation:

You can see the facade as the jacket of your home. It is the first impression of your house and protects you against moisture and cold. You have several options for renovating your facade. The cheapest option is façade cleaning if your existing façade has no structural problems, but just looks dirty. When your façade has had its best time, you can choose between a new coat of paint or façade covering. These options are more expensive, but ensure that your home is properly protected against the weather elements so that you can save money.

2. Choice of material

Compare the prices of materials while designing your renovation plan. There are often cheaper alternatives that are just as high-quality as the more expensive materials. For example, think of:

  • Maintenance-friendly laminate for your floor instead of expensive wooden parquet
  • PVC frames for your windows instead of aluminum
  • PVC roof gutters instead of zinc or steel
  • Quick-acting concrete roof tiles instead of clay tiles
  • A coat of paint for garages or storage

A good price comparison ultimately saves you a fortune that you can spend on other small renovation works. Also see if you can enjoy a group purchase.

3. Renovate small things

Keep your renovations simple. A simple design gives you the creative freedom that boosts the atmosphere in your home. In addition, you save your piggy bank from a certain death. You can do renovations with a limited budget such as:

  • Furnish your interior with affordable options. For example, buy a cheap bedroom set first and place your dream bedroom later. Look at the showroom models in the furniture store or go to second-hand stores such as the thrift store to get those dining room chairs.
  • Go for energy-saving LED lighting in the room or under your furniture that ensures that the room is bathed in soft light and gets extra character. A small tip, use the Christmas lights to create a starry sky above your bed for a good price.
  • Are the walls in your house sometimes boring? Decorate this with some nice photos of your travels, mirrors that reflect the light, inspirational texts or framed posters of your favorite movie.
  • Clean the rooms thoroughly to restore the old splendor. Oil your wooden floor to restore the natural color or polish the bathroom tiles with some quality products so that you can see that heavenly shine again.
  • Use accessories as a decoration. A door stopper brightens up the room while it also protects your wall if you open the door too quickly. Maybe a plant in the living room to bring some green into your home. 

4. Think long term

Renovating does not have to be done in one go and is certainly not a quick investment. Therefore, draw up a renovation plan over several years. Perhaps some investments are currently more expensive and you cannot pay for them with your limited budget, but you can spread them over a longer period. Or are these actually worth the effort to implement now because they are cost-effective in the long term? Take a critical look at your plan so that you find the best and cheapest solutions that meet your wishes and expectations to breathe new life into your home.

5. Do it yourself

One of the best ways to renovate your house cheaply is to be the handyman or woman yourself. You can decide everything from the roof tiling of your house to the floor covering of your living room. Ideal for a small budget, no worries about contractors and extra costs afterwards. Consider the following things so that you can renovate efficiently:

  • Keep an eye on your budget. A renovation is and remains a major expense and is something that you sometimes have little influence on. So make sure you have as many things as possible on paper so that you can keep an overview of the necessary supplies and costs.
  • Help your contractor. The contractor's working hours can run high, but you can certainly save on this. Do some preparatory tasks that you will quickly master, such as placing the racks, installing the facing bricks, insulating the walls or breaking down the roof.
  • Ensure realistic planning. Think carefully about the renovations that you can handle yourself and whether you have time for this.
  • For the finishing you have to look mainly at the materials and the quantity that you need. You go the entire living room floor in wooden parquet or for laminate. Natural stone or tiles. The difference in price can often make a big difference if you have a limited budget.
  • Compare suppliers. Do not buy all your supplies at the first store that you come across. There are various hardware stores such as Hubo, Gamma and Brico where you can go for all your building materials, tools, paint, and so on. Be sure to also check online what they have to offer and whether shipping costs are involved, for example.    

Extra tips for an affordable renovation plan

  • There are various premiums that can help you to build cheaper. Be sure to inquire about this.
  • Consider the resale value of your home. Houses that are easily adaptable and the value of the land play a role in this.
  • Do odd jobs that you can do yourself.
  • Work from top to bottom in your house or in the room. This for the dust and waste. This way you avoid duplication of work and damage.
  • Ask friends or family if they can help.
  • Think about renovating in the long term. Certain things may be expensive, but can offer a financial benefit to reduce costs.