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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Sprucing Up Your Home On A Budget


There’s nothing worse than looking around at your home, sighing at the dismal state of the place, and shrugging your shoulders because you don’t have the funds necessary to truly improve it. You’ll clean up now and then, of course, but we both know that you’re barely scratching the surface by throwing out a few old things and remembering to hang your clothes up in your wardrobe.

If it’s time to properly spruce up your home but you’re convinced you don’t have enough money to do so then this guide might just help to give you some cost-effective ideas to do so (without cutting corners).

Make a plan

Instead of estimating how much it would cost to improve your home, you could walk through every room in your house and make a list of all the things you’d like to change. Once you’ve been through every single room and inspected every last furnishing or thing you own, you should have a nice list of potential renovation tasks you’d like to undertake for this project. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to do some research into costs for materials, tools, or perhaps any professional help you think you might need (but DIY is always the most cost-effective approach, and we’ll go into that later in the article).

Once you have a rough total cost for everything you’d need to tackle this renovation project, it’s time to take a breather and not feel too overwhelmed by the figure. There are many options available to you once you’ve calculated the upper limit of the budget you could stretch to in reality. Seeing as you’re a homeowner, low credit shouldn’t stop you.

You own a valuable asset that is enough to convince lenders of your financial stability, so you could look into loans for people with poor credit because there are many options for homeowners. Alternatively, you could cut back on some of the renovation tasks on your list until you’ve reached a list of projects that falls within your budgetary limits.

You could table the rest of the tasks and get to them once your funds recover. You don’t necessarily have to do everything in one go, but you should certainly ensuring you’re only tackling tasks you can complete (there’s nothing worse than leaving a room half-decorated for several months).

Creating storage out of thin air

No matter how many things you throw out, there always seems to be clutter everywhere. The best way to deal with this, instead of cramming excessive amounts of possessions into drawers or under your bed (until they’re overflowing at the seams), is to create additional storage space using parts of your house that you aren’t currently utilising.

For example, empty wall-space could easily be turned into additional storage if you put on your DIY hat and install some shelves. It’s a very cost-effective way to solve a clutter problem; it beats reorganising the entire house.

A little paint

Sometimes, that’s all it takes. A fresh coat of white paint around the house can brighten rooms by inviting sunlight to reflect around the walls and naturally light up a room. Mirrors are also great for this too, but you’d be surprised what paint can do to give a house a new lease of life. It might make a faded room look fresh again.
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