How To Do Up Your Home Without Breaking The Bank
A combination of an uncertain housing market and a dearth of buyers – due in no small part to the fact that you need a massive deposit and, seemingly, a letter from God to get a mortgage these days – has meant that many of us are sprucing up our homes instead of selling up and buying a new one.
But any sort of renovation, or even decorating, can be a costly business – but it doesn’t have to be. So read on to see how you can improve your home without breaking the bank.
Inside And Out
A simple lick of paint all around is the easiest, and cheapest, way to improve the look of your place. Paint is relatively cheap to buy and is a lot easier to apply than wallpaper and you don’t just have to ‘neutralise’ everywhere – although that is still generally a good tip to anyone doing up their house to sell – and with a bit of creative flair you can have the place looking contemporary and new.
And you don’t need to stop at the interior walls as a new coat of paint could be just what the window sills, doors and exterior of the house needs to give it more kerb appeal.
You could also make sure that any gardens look neat and tidy as this will also make the house more attractive to potential buyers or even just make you feel better about the place if you’re not looking to sell.
In The Kitchen
If you have wooden cabinets and doors in your kitchen then, again, a coat of paint or some wood stain can update the look of your kitchen without having to fork out on expensive appliances.
To complete the new look you could also change the draw and door handles and buy in some new small appliances such as a kettle and a toaster as even this can liven up an old kitchen.
In The Bathroom
As with the kitchen, spending a little on incidental things like toilet roll holders, towel rails and mirrors can make a big difference to the look of a bathroom and give it a whole new theme.
You should also take a look at the grouting and clean out any mould and mildew, then repaint it to make your bathroom look at lot newer.
De-clutter The Place
As you go through each room, try to also get rid of as much clutter as possible, that is, things that are taking up space without ever being used. And if there are things in the way of windows and limiting the amount of natural light then you should try to move it as you’ll want as much natural light entering the house to brighten things up.
Also, getting rid of unnecessary items of furniture will make your rooms look and feel a lot bigger and, if you can’t get rid of anything, maybe just move things around to make the place feel a bit different.
And, if you are redecorating your house with a view to selling it, you may just find that with the improvements you have made you fall in love with the old place all over again.