Renovating your home doesn’t always mean you have to spend tens of thousands of dollars. There are plenty of ways you can transform your home whilst keeping control of your budget.
If you are looking to make some improvements to your home but you don’t have the funds for a huge renovation, here are some tips to help you along the way:
Improve curb appeal
One of the easiest ways you can improve the look of your home is by having a focus on the exterior and front yard. Improving your home’s curb appeal can not only increase its value, but also give pass-byers a positive impression without having to see the rest of your home.
There are a number of ways you can improve your curb appeal including mowing the lawn, collecting any rubbish and newspapers littering your lawn and front strip, cleaning and repainting your front porch, washing your driveway and adding a brand new welcome mat. One of the more creative ways to transform your front yard is to give some attention to your garden. Pull out the weeds, trim the trees and plant some lovely new flowers to add some colour to your front lawn.
Declutter or adopt minimalist look
Sometimes all your home needs is just a big spring clean. When you look at all of the knick-knacks you have accumulated over the years, you may find that there is a lot of stuff that you can do without. Take some time to go through each room and figure out what you want to get rid of. You could not only save some money, but possibly earn some if you choose to sell the bits and pieces you don’t want in a garage sale.
You may choose to take it a step further and do a complete rehaul of your home’s look, adopting a more minimalist aesthetic. This involves the stripping back the decor in your home to the bare minimum. This means getting rid of all useless knick-knacks and furniture that you don’t need and painting the walls a single neutral colour. This may make your home look more spacious while giving you a clearer head.
Deep clean home
In addition to decluttering your home, doing a nice big deep clean could be exactly what the doctor ordered. Once you have moved everything out of each area, you can take this opportunity to clean the spots that you may miss during your regular clean-ups. Take it one room at a time so the task seems less daunting.
This can include washing the exterior of your home, vacuuming and deep cleaning your carpets, washing the interior and exterior sides of your windows and window sills, cleaning under large pieces of furniture such as beds or cabinets, dusting ceiling corners, scrubbing the walls and disinfecting light switches and outlets and any other electronics.
Add a fresh coat of paint
Sometimes all you need is a fresh coat of paint to light up a room. If you’re bored of staring at the same old off-white walls, opt for a brand new bright colour to give your home some personality. Adding a feature wall could be exactly what you need to give a room a nice big change without overpowering the space with too much colour.
If you don’t want to do anything too ordinary, there are plenty of ways you can do something a little more creative while painting your walls. Some techniques include using a stencil, color washing, strié, rag rolling and sponging. Any recreational painters out there may want to take it a step further for the kids’ rooms and do a Disney, comic book or fairytale-themed design.
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Replace fixtures and fittings
As the heart of your home, your kitchen may be the main place where you could really make a big impact through some small budget-controlled changes. One of the ways you could do this is by replacing some of the fixtures and fittings. This may include light fittings, fans, door fittings, taps and plug sockets.
This being said, replacing fixtures and fittings isn’t limited to the kitchen. Your bathrooms, bedrooms, living area, home office and even your outdoor areas. Doing a complete recall of all of these things in every area of your home can make it seem a bit more new while ensuring that any broken or damaged fixtures are found and replaced as quickly as possible.
Consider changing windows treatments
Our blinds, curtains or shutters may not be something we think about when we consider making some changes around the house. However, changing your window treatments may not only be a good idea, but also a much needed task to complete.
Some of the reasons why changing window treatments may be a good idea could be that you have damaged or bent slats, frayed cords, dirty or discoloured curtains or that they are now out of style. You may want to change to a completely different style of window treatment or just find an updated version of your existing ones.
Redo your outdoor living area
Just like your front yard, your backyard and outdoor living area could do with a bit of a face lift. The outdoor area may be neglected or may get messier than your indoor area so it may be time to give it some attention while you’re not entertaining as often.
Some of the easy ways you can renovate your outdoor living area include cleaning furniture and veranda, cleaning and refinishing the deck, replanting your garden or trimming the trees, add some decorative accents such as cushions, colourful pots and lanterns and installing some wind sails.
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Rearrange your furniture
You could even do something as simple as rearranging your furniture, which wouldn’t cost you a cent. Moving some of your furniture around could be a great way to make some extra space in a room without going through the hassle of extending it. This can be done in the bedroom, living area, bathroom or outdoor area.
This could also give you a chance to clean under the things you would normally ignore like beds, cupboards, tables, washing machines or couches.
Add some wardrobe shelving
Everyone has a room in the house where all the stuff that you don’t use often but may need in the future goes. Rather than just leaving that door closed and forgetting about it, making some extra storage areas could be the best way to combat this problem.
One option you have is adding some wardrobe shelving for shoes, clothes, party supplies, boxes and children’s toys. Clean out some of your wardrobes or pick out some of the ones you barely use and install some nice sturdy shelves above the rails. You can also build your own drawers if you have more room at the bottom and store items in those.
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Upgrade your appliances
You may not even have to make any changes to the house itself, but rather replace and upgrade some of your appliances. This can include kitchen appliances including mixers, food processors, kettles, blenders or toasters or other home appliances including air conditioners, clothes dryers, washing machines, irons or lamps.
Changing any of these appliances may seem expensive, but you don’t have to change them all in one go. Start with those that are damaged, don’t work anymore or don’t match the current style of your kitchen and gradually work your way through the house.
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Words by Jessica Testa
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