While many people first think about interior home renovations when they think of updating or upgrading their home, the curb appeal that your home has will be a big factor in selling your home when the time comes. However, this part of the home is often seen as an afterthought as the homeowners. Because of this, there’s usually very little money left in the budget to take care of your landscaping or other outdoor home renovations. So to help you get the most work done with the least amount of money spent, here are three tips for saving money on outdoor home renovations.
Set A Budget and Stick To It
Before you can begin working on your outdoor renovations, you’ve got to know how much money you’re willing to spend on these additions or upgrades. To do this, Anne Reagan, a contributor to Time Money, recommends that you create a list of your priorities for your property and how much you’re willing to spend on each line item. Once you’ve reached the maximum budget you have available, you’ll want to wait to make any more changes until you have more money to spend. Just make sure that you save a little in the reserve in case a project you’re working on goes over budget, which has the possibility to happen. Further, and this goes without saying, ensure that you prioritize essential projects related to the structure of the house and leave any aesthetic improvements for later. Consider work such as roof repairs to be done first; you can find more information here on when you might need this. Once this is done, you may start budgeting for other improvements.
Know How To Pick Cheap Plants
To make your yard look more put together, consider adding plants to as much of your property as you can. However, doing this can get very expensive. Luckily, there are a few ways you can get cheaper plants without having to sacrifice looks or quality. According to David Beaulieu, a contributor to The Spruce, you should try to bring someone with you who’s well versed in the health of plants so they can help you pick out the best plants for the cheapest price. If you don’t know of anyone who’s good with plants, keep in mind that plants that have bugs on them are often on their way out, so don’t bother getting these types of plants even if they’re at a very steep discount.
Consider Working With A Professional
While there’s a lot that you can work on by yourself for your outdoor updates, there are certain times that you may want to consult a professional before tackling something on your own. For things like laying down pavement or putting up bigger construction projects, Nino Sitchinava, a contributor to NerdWallet.com, suggests that you consult a professional landscaper to ensure that you get the project done right, use the best type of materials at the best price, and understand just what this project will entail during construction as well as when it’s needing to be maintained.
If you have outdoor projects you’re wanting to take on at your property, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you save money in any way you can.