How To Do Budget Home Improvements

Making improvements to your home is something most of us set our minds to do at some stage or other.  But, it can work out quite costly if you have a list of things you want doing throughout the house.  Yet it needn’t be that way.  You can still make home improvements on a budget with a little know-how.  Read on to get the low-down.

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Enlist some help

Getting in professionals to help with DIY projects can work out quite expensive, so have a think if there are any friends or family members who could help you out with tasks such as decorating, assembling furniture, making home furnishings, general maintenance, etc.  It could save you a lot of money in the long term.

Paint smart

There’s nothing like a fresh lick of paint to brighten up a room in your home, but head to your local DIY store and you’ll soon discover how expensive tins of paint can be.  If you stick to neutral colours such as white then you’ll probably find this works out a bit cheaper.  Choosing lots of different colour schemes will cost you more because you’ve probably got to buy in lots more tins of paint, and it’s not always easy to estimate how much you’ll need so you may overbuy.  Alternatively, see if any friends or family members have any leftover tins of paint that they could give you – or you could swap with some of your own.

Wait for the sales

If there are certain home improvements you want to make then consider if you can hang fire with them until sales time comes around.  For example, if you’ve got any gardening projects you want doing, you’ll find the end of summer is a good time to pick up a bargain or two.  Keep a check on online stores as well, rather than just opting for your local big-chain DIY centre.  Don’t necessarily think that you have to plump for big-brand products; often own-store products are just as good when it comes to quality.

Make small changes instead of replacing items

You can save a lot of money by thinking around home improvements you’d like to make.  For example, if you want to change your kitchen cupboards because they look tired, have you considered other options first such as changing the door handles?  You might find a simple measure such as this can make all the difference.  Or, for example, if you want to replace your sofa because it’s dated, could you buy a throw instead and place it over the sofa for an instant facelift?  Even just adding a few new cushions could make all the difference.

Check out second hand stores

You can find all sorts of bargains these days in second hand stores and flea markets, so keep your eyes open for any treasures that could look good in your home.  You’ll save a lot of money compared to buying them new.

Create a great garden

If you want to tackle your garden as part of your overall home improvement plan, then don’t rush out to your nearest garden centre and spend a fortune on plants.  You can easily grow plants from seeds, which is a great deal cheaper.  Or, ask a friend or family member if you can have some cuttings on plants that they have.  They’ll probably take root quite easily, and the best thing is, they are free!

Clean and de-clutter

It’s hard to see your home in a good light if it’s cluttered and dirty, so make a difference to the look and feel of it by having a really good cleaning session, and tidying up.  You might find that some of the niggles you have with your home vanish once it’s looking all smart and spruced up.

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This article was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of Vibrant Doors.

Photo: Phil Roeder

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