Home repairs can add up. The refrigerator went out, ch-ching. Does the bathroom need new tile? The kitchen is in need of a new sink? With each small repair comes the daunting budget to follow. Often, homeowners put aside these small fixes until they escalate to bigger issues. But repairing—and dare we say—home renovation doesn’t always have to break the bank. Employing some basic tips and strategies that we’ve mapped out can help with those needed home repairs and save you money in the long term.

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Set Your Realistic Budget

This less sexy first step isn’t always fun, but being realistic with yourself on your budget is the first step in your DIY home renovation journey. Know your own limits, what money from your savings account do you want to spend? What can you do and what can’t you do? Are you able to install your own light fixtures and kitchen cabinet hardware? If so, shave those costs off when considering the help you’ll need to hire.

Do Your Own Demo

Chip Gaines’ favorite day, Demo Day! Avoid additional costs and do your own demo. If you’re looking to save money on your home renovation, consider doing your own demolition. You’ll be able to get a workout in and blow through some of that pent-up stress you have for these upcoming renovations.

DIY Insulation

It gets hot in San Antonio, there’s no avoiding that. But having a home that is well-insulated can help you stay cool in those hot summer months and stay warm in the cold winter month(s) we have here in Central Texas.

Adding your own insulation is actually quite easy and much more affordable than hiring a contractor to do it. Batting insulation (that pink fluffy stuff that most certainly is not fluffy to touch) is easy to install. Start with your attic and move to the exterior walls after. You don’t have to hire a professional for insulation, and this can save you money long-term.

Paint it Yourself

Painting can be therapeutic. Once the room is ready for paint—or if you’re painting over a current wall, schedule out some time to paint it yourself. A gallon of paint will run between $30-$50 and hiring someone to do it will cost a bit more. Saving on small things like painting yourself can make a big dent in the overall budget.

Hit the Thrift Store

If you’ve got a second-hand hardware store near you, we suggest you go there for some supplies and materials. They sell everything from doorknobs to windows, and even appliances. You can find a lot, but it is a bit of a treasure hunt, so be patient and consistent, you’ll be sure to find the perfect accessories for your home.

Only Hire for Labor – Not Supplies

Don’t be afraid to get in some of the schlepping done yourself. These could be really small (but time-consuming) things that contractors up-charge for. Things like purchasing supplies and fixtures could run you 30% above market value if your contractor is making the purchase. Instead, have supplies delivered to your house for the contractor to use and only hire for labor costs. While labor is expensive, you’ll save money by providing the supplies, fixtures, and materials yourself.

Follow the Sales of the Season

All main home improvement stores have big seasonal sales. Many people decide they want to renovate their home when the weather gets warmer, and so when the demand goes up, the supply charges more. It’s simple supply-demand economics. But if you follow the sales of the season and buy your supplies during off-seasons, you could end up saving thousands of dollars.

Avoid Trendy Design

Just a short period ago, subway tile was one of the most affordable tiles you could purchase at a home improvement store. Fast forward today, and the new trendy design of subway tile is in, driving up the price of such tile. When you avoid trendy designs like this, you can actually save money on new materials.


Renovating your home doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag. Instead, if you’re calculated, plan ahead, and put in a little sweat equity yourself, you can end up saving big on your home renovation costs.