There are a number of ways that you can make changes to the appearance of your home while on a budget. A lot of the DIY you can do yourself rather than hiring people to do it for you which always saves in labour costs. From purchasing and hanging up a new light, to fully upholstering your old sofa, there are numerous ways you can renovate your home on a budget. Here are some affordable home improvement tips.
Home Improvement Tips: What to Consider First
Initially, you need to decide what you are going to renovate and which rooms you are going to cover. It’s a good idea to do just one room at a time to save confusion and unnecessary mess. Start by making a plan for the specific areas you are going to cover and plan out exactly how you’re going to go about it. This is a great opportunity to clear out a lot of unnecessary clutter that may have built up over the years. You can opt to recycle your unwanted clutter, take it to the charity shops, or put it into storage.
Before you purchase anything, make sure to shop around in order to find the best deals. If you are looking to do up your kitchen, shopping around can really pay off. Do not, however, rush into purchasing before you’re sure you’ve found the best contract. Make sure to get multiple quotes from a number of different businesses. We recommend finding at least three quotes all from trustworthy companies. Nevertheless, remember that the cheapest quote may not always be the best option or the best value for money.
When it comes to a tight budget, rolling up your sleeves and doing it yourself is one of the best ways to make savings when it comes to renovating. You can save thousands of pounds by doing tasks such as painting and tiling yourself.
1. Replacing Your Front Door
Replacing your front door is a great way to enhance the entrance to your home and give it an updated and brand new look. If your door, however, is still in good condition, then you can get away with just applying a coat of paint to help improve the look of your home’s exterior. Choose a door colour that goes with the rest of your house, but stands out from your original colour. Make sure to find a paint that will weather well and protect your door throughout the year.
If it does look like it could do with being replaced then investing in a new front door is an excellent way to create a great first impression for your visitors. You can look around for bespoke composite doors or head over to your local DIY supplier for a cheaper alternative. You can find a variety of affordable doors that are still reasonably well made and will last you a few years.
2. Panel Curtains
If you are thinking of updating your curtains, then you should consider opting for panel curtains rather than traditional curtains. This style of curtain is a much cheaper alternative; the pleats-less design of this curtain will mean you’ll need to use far less fabric. Floor length panel curtains are also much more of a statement piece and if made with a vibrant material they can look dramatic and eye-catching in any room. If you’re feeling confident enough, you can make these at home yourself. By spending the time creating homemade curtains, you will not only save money on labour costs but may also have some additional budget to then spend on a good quality material.
If you think that sewing curtains together is beyond your abilities, then there are a number of places that provide affordable ready made curtains that are available in a variety of fabrics, colours and patterns. Make sure to look around and have a look at the different materials in the shop as they often look very different to how they appear online.
3. Installing Shelves
If you have a large amount of wall space and you lack in floor space, then it could be worth investing in shelves. If you also have alcoves that you’re not using, then make the most of this space and install alcove shelves. You can hire someone to ensure that the shelves are tailor-made to fit, or you can choose to purchase and install them yourself. If you are on a tight budget, then this is a perfect way of saving money.
If you own an excessive amount of books, then alcoves provide the perfect opportunity to create bookshelf walls. Your newly fitted shelves can not only help with storage but add character and interest to your room. Shelves are an easy and affordable way of making improvements to your home.
4. Re-covering Soft Furnishings
If you feel a sentimental attachment to your existing sofa or are on a strict budget, then recovering your old sofa is a cost-effective and great way to upgrade the look of your living room. A two-seater sofa is estimated to require around 8m of fabric. With this information, you can then budget how much you’d need and the quality and price of the material.
If your cushion covers have become stained, saggy or have started to wear away, then you can recover your cushions, either to match your newly upholstered sofa or to stand out. Recovering cushions can bring new life to your sofas or armchairs. You can choose from a variety of fabrics that are available in a number of different colours and varying quality. You can also recover your armchair’s removable cushions to give your armchair a new lease of life. This is a more affordable alternative to purchasing brand new soft furnishings.
5. Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Painting or staining your cabinets is another easy way to completely alter the appearance and feel of your kitchen. Its definitely the more cost-effective alternative to purchasing and installing brand new kitchen cabinets. For the best results and maximise your time and money, make sure to spend time on initially prepping before you start. Make sure to clean and sound down the surfaces thoroughly. Make sure also to fill in any holes so that you are painting a smooth layer. Allow the paint to dry completely before letting anyone back into the kitchen.
You can also paint other cabinets and wardrobes, not just the ones in your kitchen, to help improve the rest of your home. Make sure to apply the same method of prepping to all of the wooden units you decide to paint.
Here are just a few simple and cost-effective methods of making improvements to your home while on a budget. In order to save when it comes labour expenses, many of these suggestions can be DIY projects that you can work on in your free time.