Creating The Perfect Backyard On A Budget
It’s possible to create the backyard that you’ve been wishing for without spending your entire savings or taking out a second mortgage. It isn’t something that you will be able to achieve overnight, however the results are worth the effort.
Planning a backyard oasis on a budget is not a task to take lightly, but with the right tools and preparation, it’s a something that is closer to becoming a reality than you might realize. These are the things you need to do in order to create your perfect backyard on a budget:
1. A Goal without a Plan Is Just a Wish
It can be tempting to jump into designing and working on bringing the vision you have for your backyard to life. However, this is a surefire way to set yourself up for unpleasant surprises, disappointment and wasted money. Before you begin any level of actual work, you need to create a plan. This plan should not be a general outline, although that is a good place to start. Your finished plan should be an in-depth analysis of all that you’re hoping to achieve. Don’t leave anything out – include your budget for each step, your must-haves, wants and needs.
Go over the current layout of your backyard and then create the one you want to have at the end of the project, including any features you’d like to add as well as brands or materials that you’d prefer to use. Account for any and all details, such as furniture covers or even potted plants! If you will be working together with a professional, consult with them about the expected time and costs for any and all changes you want to make to your backyard. This will make sure that you’re prepared for all eventualities and won’t be caught off-guard later on down the line by any additional expenses or the timeline in which your dream can be brought to life.
2. Quality Pays For Itself
Once you have your plan in place, it’s time to do some research. You should already know what brands you would prefer to use, and at this point you should be looking into the quality they offer, and the price they’re selling it for. It can be tempting to try to cut costs at this part and compromise on the quality of some materials and features; however this is more likely to lead to more added expenses, just at a later point in time. Cheap materials and appliances such as hot tubs are more likely to break down much sooner than a higher quality alternative, and if you can’t afford to replace the item fully, you will shell out much more getting repairs than you would have if you’d gotten the higher quality option in the first place.
If you’re looking to save money at this part of the project, plan your shopping around any sales you can find. Most stores will let you know if they have a promotion coming up on a particular item, and you will be able to put off buying it until it is available at a lower price. If any of this isn’t an option, consider getting a payment plan in place for your priciest items. The most important thing is to make sure the payment is something that is sustainable for your lifestyle.
3. Be Willing To Put In The Work
While there are certain parts of a backyard renovation that truly require a professional team, there are just as many things that you will be able to DIY with a little hard work and a personal team of helpers. If you’re looking to build an entire deck or patio area, then you should really invest in a contractor. Make sure you’re getting the best deal by talking so several firms before deciding.
However, for smaller projects such as building the actual deck or fixing/replacing a rundown fence you may be able to save money by doing it yourself with the help of a friend or family member that is familiar with this type of work. Common backyard projects are a lot easier than you think, and if you’re paying for your own materials you’ll be surprised at just how much you can save.