Whether you’re looking to improve your home for selling, or simply want to be happier in your own home, it doesn’t have to cost the earth!
Even with a small budget you can transform your home from feeling like a hobbits house overwhelmed in clutter, to a spacious abode where you can be king of the castle.
As long as you’re prepared to put in some hard work and a little elbow grease!
Make Do & Mend
Rather than instantly buy everything from brand new pull up your DIY sleeves and fix it yourself. Replacing items at their brand new price is costly and will soon make your credit card feel a little abused, so find ways of updating existing items to look brand new but with a few homemade tricks.
Upholstery can be updated with a little dye or even new covers made from old curtains or sheets of fabric from the market, and kitchen cabinets can be re-styled with a link of paint and a few new fittings.
Nothing is impossible if you set your thrifty mind to it, and with so many inspirational home hacks across sites such as Pinterest, you’ll never go back to purchasing anything again!
Being eco-friendly in your home can not only hinder any overspending, but can also save you money in the long run. By making simple adjustments to your lifestyle and the fixtures in your home, you can ensure that your home is future-proof and energy efficient.
We all hate waste, especially if that waste is costing us money, so by considering the environment if could help you to cut back on those scary winter bills.
A good place to start is with an eco-friendly bathroom, as outdated suites can use more water than some of the modern systems which are more water clever.
Alternatively if you want to go full eco-warrior, there’s been a huge increase in bamboo bathroom products as this is a lightweight and strong material.
Once you’ve conquered your water waste in the bathroom, you can then focus on the smaller features around your home such as installing more energy efficient lights.
In a typical household 35% of the heat is lost through the walls, which is no surprise that your energy bills become so expensive during the long winter months.
However the Energy Saving Trust estimates that by installing cavity wall insulation, you can save up to £110 per year. A significant amount that could go towards other household renovations that need the extra bit of cash.
To do it yourself it could cost between £50 and £350 for materials but the savings that could be made will far out way this investment over the following years.
Let There be Light
Enhancing the light in your home can dramatically improve the sense of space, and give any potential buyers a far better idea of what could be done with your home.
Cleaning all of your windows is the best place to start, as dirt soon amounts over the months making it harder for most light to get through. Dressing your windows in a light efficient manor can also increase the feeling space in a room.
Although curtains can add an element of comfort and style, they can also cover over significant proportions of the window, meaning less light can enter.
Once you’ve increased the amount of natural sunlight that can enter your home, it can go a long way in cutting down those energy bills, as the heat will help to warm up your home without the need of extra energy.
Extra space is something that we all long for in our homes, and when you have children this can become even more difficult. But implementing an organised storage space will help give those lost toys a home, and you a little more tranquillity when it comes to relaxing in a more adult friendly environment.
There are many adaptable storage boxes and shelves available that can be purchased on a budget, and can be updated with your own style so that they fit in with the current home décor.
Don’t feel that just because you haven’t won the lottery you can’t update your home, embrace your inner creative and make your own updates that feel more personal.