Whether you have recently moved into a new home or you are simply looking to reinvigorate a property you’ve been at for a while, there are a number of ways to do so without breaking the bank. A little change or investment can make a great impact or even add value to your property – never a bad side effect, even if you aren’t looking to move on just yet.
A lick of fresh paint can make a big difference to the appearance of a room and needn’t prove costly. If you’re happy to stick to a simple shade throughout a number of rooms in the house then it’s possible to stretch your money further. If you do want to liven up a certain room then why not paint a single wall in a different colour to create an interesting contrast.
Make the change to wooden flooring
Carpets are not only incredibly difficult to keep clean, they are also a magnet for dust mites, dirt, mildew or mould. Wooden flooring, on the other hand, is much easier to maintain, hardwearing and a great addition to any room. There are endless styles and wood types to choose from and with prices between £18-£80 per m², installing wooden flooring is a worthwhile investment, if you are looking to update your home.
Keep your garden tidy
In the winter months you may not spend a great deal of time in your garden, but with the weather slowly improving now might be the ideal time to get it ready for sunnier days. So get to work on removing weeds, give the lawn a mow and perhaps consider planting some hardy shrubs that will add a splash of visual appeal throughout the year. Why not also consider picking up some cheap garden furniture? Wood staining your fence is also worthwhile as it will improve its appearance and protect it from weather damage.
Improve items instead of buying new ones
Sometimes household items can feel a little bit tired. So if your sofa has seen better days then don’t immediately look to part company with it. Re-upholstering might be a cost-effective way to give it a new lease of life, or an even more simple solution could be to invest in some throws. These could even be dyed to your desired shade. Similarly, shelving, wardrobes and cabinets looking a little worn could be sanded down and repainted to give them a unique look.
Re-organise your furniture
It can be easy to get used to something being in the same place, but from time to time it is worth weighing up whether the layout of a room is as effective as it can be. So don’t be afraid to move things around. Change the position of your favourite armchair, pull your dining table to the other side of the room or simply move your houseplants around.
It seems obvious but don’t assume the first price you are quoted for a product is the best deal. These days it is easier than ever to shop around for a good price. Better still, why not find out if someone else’s trash could be your treasure. Second-hand shops can turn up some pleasant surprises and you may even know someone who is looking to get rid off something that would be ideally suited to your property. It is also worth going online. Freecycle allows you to find everything from furniture to camping equipment available in your area, with the only cost to you being collection. Gumtree could also help you to grab a bargain with a wide range of products being sold.
Have a clear-out
The internet could also work to your advantage if you’re looking to rid your household of some of its clutter. Whether you’re a messy person or not, most of us have things we no longer use, so why not pass them on to someone else or if they’re unusable bin them. The extra space might have an instant impact of making a room look better, as well as potentially adding a few pounds to your pocket for new additions.
What are your top tips for sprucing up your home without breaking the bank?
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