Whether your home is new or old, chances are there have been times when you’ve looked around your house and thought to yourself, “Boy, this place could use a makeover.” Of course, hiring an interior decorator is pretty expensive and unless you’re in the right place, HGTV won’t be able to help you. So what’s a homeowner to do? The answer is easy: do it yourself!

The idea of revamping your home yourself may sound overwhelming at first but if you do your homework, set realistic goals, and plan accordingly, you should have no problem with giving your house a much-needed facelift. The first step is to decide what part of your home you want to redecorate or revamp and what look you are going for. There are various ways to spruce up either the interior or the exterior of your home and using lifestyle and home and garden magazines are one of the quickest ways you can find inspiration.

You’ll want to plan how extensive the changes are that you want to make and what purpose you are redoing the room for? For example, you may have an extra bedroom that you want to convert into a really comfy and stylish guest room. Do you want to put new paint on the walls? Change out the furniture? Once you know your goals for revamping the room, then you can make a checklist of what needs to be done. Again, you can turn to magazines or shows on HGTV to get inspiration. Be sure to write down colors you like, types of furniture you think would go best in that room, and what stores you would purchase your materials from.

These days, homeowners are taking it upon themselves to revamp their houses, which can save a lot of time and money. Speaking of money, if you currently don’t have the best budget to revamp a room in your home, have a garage or yard sale. You can even take out the old furniture that needs to be replaced and put it up for sale.

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Try to estimate how much the new furniture, paint, and/or accessories will cost and then make that your sales goal for your garage sale. This is also a great time to chuck all your old clothes, accessories, children’s toys, books, and other items in your house that you know you won’t be using anymore. With a successful garage sale, you’ll not only get extra cash in your pocket, you’ll have effectively cleared up room in your home, including the room(s) to be revamped.

With a little knowledge and practice, you can expertly paint your own rooms and with some extra muscle from family and/or friends you can also move your furniture in and arrange it as you desire. To add some style to your newly revamped room, shop at antique stores to find accessories (such as lamps, curtains, or little knick knacks) that you won’t see anywhere else. If you want a cheat sheet of sorts, you can choose a page right out of a home design magazine and simply replicate what’s on the page.