How to renovate on a budget

6 ways to spend smartly on your project

You have the itch to update your tired home, but you're on a tight budget.

What to do?

First, if you're handy, you can tackle this renovation on your own to save big bucks. Being your own contractor isn't the only way to renovate on a budget, but it sure helps.

DIY-er or not, without proper preparation, your renovation costs can skyrocket — fast.

Whether you opt for one of our low-cost home improvement projects or redo multiple rooms, you’ll need to follow certain steps to stay within budget.

This starts with doing your research beforehand, lining up schedules for each task and knowing your limitations. These 6 smart moves will help you make shrewd choices in updating your house while avoiding costly overruns.

By Rachel Hartman Contributing Editor