You might start a home improvement project for any number of reasons. You might look to enjoy it for years to come, add immediate value to your home before you list it for sale or something inbetween. Regardless of why you might plan on making improvements to your property, it can often be a time-consuming process. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. In today’s blog post I’m going to discuss some simple ways you can make your next home improvement project a little easier and more cost effective.

Consider Flooring
Flooring can be a big stumbling block for those new to the process of home renovation. Hardwood floors are beautiful, but they can quickly become costly, especially in larger rooms. Try exploring laminate wood flooring, you may be surprised with what you find. Laminate wood flooring is much more affordable and often just as nice as some hardwood options.

Keep Your Mind – And Your Options Open
If we’re being realistic, you probably don’t have the budget to splurge on every finish and amenity you’d like to have. When planning your home improvements, sit down and imagine your property as a whole. What rooms are most important to you? Where do you spend most of your time? For example, you may really want a luxury master bath suite. But if you work from home frequently a home office remodel may be more practical. Or if you’re thinking about selling within the next couple years, a kitchen remodel may be a better return on your investment.

Balance is Key
Splurging is perfectly fine! But balance them with cost cutting measures. When planning your renovation, try to figure out the center of attention for the room. For example, if you’re renovating your kitchen it may be a good idea to splurge on nicer cabinetry or countertops and save money on more affordable flooring or lighting fixtures. Or if you’re renovating a bathroom nicer fixtures, but more affordable tile may be warranted.

A Nice, Simple Yard Goes a Long Way
It’s easy to go a little nuts with landscaping, especially if you’re planning on selling. Landscaping is of course one of the key things you can do to enhance your home’s curb appeal, which is really important. But instead of planting beautiful, yet expensive ornamental shrubs and trees consider options that may be more practical or affordable.

For example, consider utilizing drought resistant plants for easy maintenance. Or opt not to go with beautiful, yet difficult to maintain rose bushes but instead go with dahlias or peonies.