Have you ever found yourself in a situation where one of the rooms in your house or apartment is screaming for a renovation or a remodeling but you’re just really strapped for cash at the moment?
It’s a common problem among many people, especially young adults who have only recently moved out of their parents’ house and are taking their first steps in independent living. Remodeling on the cheap might also be a problem if you’re selling your home and don’t want to invest too much money into fixing up a place that you’re leaving behind.
So what can you do to redo a room without spending too much money? Keep on reading to find out what the most common reasons for renovations are, and how to deal with them, sometimes without even spending a single penny!
Let’s say you just moved into a new place, and you soon find out that the previous tenant was a real slob and just not a very clean person overall. The room you’re going to be living in is full of dirty, irregular stains on the walls, the kind that you really don’t want to know the origins of.
You don’t have a clue about the exact color of your walls, and besides, paint has gotten quite expensive nowadays. On top of that, you need to take the time to remove all the furniture from your room, secure the floors and finally — get to the painting part yourself.
It is an extremely time-consuming task, and as a newly independent young adult, you might be strapped for a time even more than you are strapped for cash. Hiring a professional to do it for you is out of the question — they charge ridiculous prices and you’re not really guaranteed that they won’t botch the job.
The alternative? It might not be the prettiest or most elegant solution, but it gets the job done without requiring you to invest your hard-earned money in a place you’re just renting from someone else. If the stains are irregular and do not cover too much space in the room, all you need to do is rearrange the furniture to cover them up. If that is insufficient, simply get some posters and put them up over the stains using double-sided tape. Posters tend to be dirt cheap, and you can also take them with you when you move on to a new apartment!
This one is much simpler, as it does not require covering up disgusting smears and stains on your walls. Redoing a room for aesthetic reasons is actually one of the most pleasant activities out there. It might become a little less fun if you’re broke and desperate to save up every single penny, however, if you adhere to the following advice, you should be able to switch things up in your room at a very little additional cost!
Before getting around to acquiring new, free stuff for your living space, it might be a good idea to move around and reorganize the placement of the furniture you already have. Sometimes something as simple as moving a desk from one corner to another can have a profound impact on the general atmosphere in the room.
Additionally, it is also a great chance for you to find and get rid of any unnecessary or unwanted items that have been piling up without you even noticing it!
People throw out perfectly good furniture, dishes and other household appliances every single day. Some apartment complexes even have a dedicated space for such items, in order to make it easier for others to make use of these unwanted treasures.
Loads of urban dwellers have even turned it into a side hustle — they scour apartment complexes in their area, take some of the nicer pieces, fix them up at little to no cost and then sell it online, making a huge profit. You better get to all of that furniture before they do!
Another good idea is to look for furniture giveaways online, especially on social media platforms. One example of a great place where you can find discounted and even completely free pieces of furniture is Facebook Marketplace — it has arguably dethroned Craigslist as the king of classified ads. The Marketplace is full of people who are moving houses or also redoing their interiors and want to give away their treasured furniture to a new, caring home.