House Repairs in 2021 Can Be Costly! 5 Tips for Bringing the Numbers Down

Last Updated on June 1, 2021

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Since the pandemic started we’ve all been spending a lot more time in our homes. That means we have more time to see everything that needs to be fixed. The cracked paint chipped tile, and rusty pipe can make anyone crazy. Especially a homeowner who is home all the time!

Dying to fix things in your house this summer but scared of the hefty price tag? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Paint vs. Wallpaper

Wallpaper can be pretty, but it can also be expensive. One roll of wallpaper can cost anywhere from $30 to $50 dollars. That doesn’t sound too bad, but one roll only covers 58 square feet. So a room that is 12 x 18 will end up costing you anywhere between $300 to $500. (We’re not even talking about the luxury wallpaper!)

A fresh coat of paint – especially in a new color – is the quickest way to give a room a new look. If you’re not ready for a dark color on four walls, you may want to try an accent wall first.

Worried about committing to a new color? Try the colors out first! Buy four – six paint samples and put them up on the wall. Live with them for a week and show your friends. By the end of that week you’ll likely know which one to choose.

Wayfair vs. Overstock

Which one should you choose? Overstock has a modest 200 suppliers, with about 63,000 items and products to look from. Wayfair, on the other hand, has over 8,000 suppliers that give them almost 7 million products to sell.

When you’re looking to decorate your home on a budget, Wayfair has better deals on furniture, but Overstock has better prices on rugs. If you’re trying to find the best value for what you’re buying, it’s best to read the reviews on an item and check each website yourself.

Laminate vs. Hardwood Flooring

Laminate flooring is definitely your cheaper option when choosing to redo your floors. It can cost anywhere from $1 to $3 per square foot. Designer flooring, however, can cost you anywhere from $10 to $12 per square foot. Wood can cost up to $12 and tile can run you up to $15 per square foot.

Just bear in mind that real wood floors can help with resale value. So if you’re planning on selling in three – five years you may want to invest in the wood.

Used vs. New

From Facebook Marketplace to yard sales, you can find a lot of gently used items to buy. If you’re looking for home decor, furniture for your outdoor space, there are countless cute options.

Warning: Unless you don’t care (and most people do) make sure that the items are in good condition. You don’t want to find that a couch has a tear or a rug has a stain. Don’t be shy. Ask tons of questions. You’ll be glad you did.

Try a little DIY …

These fun DIY tips are fun and frugal!

Candy jars come in all shapes and sizes. Why not design them and make them into planters?

Tired of watching that plastic tablecloth blow away at your outdoor luncheon? Use a fun sheet instead! It can be easily cleaned. So it’s reusable. And it won’t blow away because it’s much more durable!

Whether you choose pre-made finds or DIY options, have fun with house repairs. A leaky faucet may be a nuisance, but a paint job shouldn’t be!