Most people have a dream home in mind that they want to own at a certain time. Building a home is better than buying an already built home because you get the privilege of building it to your own liking. If you have bought a house that is already built or have rented one then decorating it the way you want gives you a sense of ownership and love for your home.
Building and decorating costs, however, can be inhibiting to the vast majority. Let us delve into how we can minimize these costs so that we get the best out of what we have.
To minimize building costs
- Have a budget
Working with a budget will help you to have a plan and a clear understanding of how much you have versus what you desire. To avoid putting the project on hold it is important for the budget to have some margin say about 10 %. That means do not budget to the last coin.
- Get a contractor
Working with a contractor helps because you set the timeline, costs and the kind of materials to be used. The contract should be stated in clear terms that you understand and should be legally binding. This also helps to protect you from price fluctuations in the market.
- Keep it simple
Reduce many corners and angled walls in the house. A rectangular room is cheaper to construct than one with say ten sides. This is because the one with many corners will require more materials and labor to build. Also, check on the size of the roof and the foundations as these are the quite expensive parts of the house.
To minimize decorating costs
- Use locally available materials
Locally available materials will be cheaper than imported materials. Though local materials might be monotonous, try using them in a more creative way to get a better effect.
- Look out for discounts
Interior designs shops could be offering discounts on products that you want to use for decorating. Visit different sites and shops to see if you can get these discounts.
- Do it yourself
Sometimes decorating the home may not necessarily require the services of a professional. You can get easy DIY manuals online that will help you to do what a professional interior designer would have done at no extra cost.
- Be sure about what you want
When you know what you want then you only need to do it once. Most people keep changing their decorations which makes it expensive in the long run to hire the labor and buy the materials.