We all want to improve our homes at some point but it can sometimes be extremeily costly. This can be very off-putting when you start to think about all the little bits that seem to be adding to the funds needed to get where you want to be. Renovating your home doesn’t need to be an expensive job though, there are plenty of projects that you can get stuck into that aren’t going to break the bank and will still give you the looks and new feeling that you desire.
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Just like with spring, autumn is a popular time of the year to start some renovation projects. With the wetter and colder weather setting in it means that we are naturally spending more time indoors. This means it’s the perfect time to get some of those tasks started and completed. If you start in the autumn it also means that your home will be ready for the long, cosy winter nights.
So, whether you’re looking to put your home on the market or just want to improve how it looks and feels completing tasks that add value are the key to succeeding with this. Have a look below at some ideas to get you started with renovating on a budget:
Add A Skylight
If you have a room with a sloping ceiling or want to add extra light to your kitchen, installing a skylight could be your solution. It will not only give you added lighting in some dark areas of your home it will also add value to your property. They can completely transform any space. Installing a skylight can completely change the look of any room. If you install one that opens you can also improve the airflow throughout your home which also brings health benefits. Adding extra light to any room can significantly increase the fell of its size and open spaces are growing in popularity. This does have the potential of becoming a fairly large project so in order to keep it budget freindly it’s important to make sure you get an experienced roofing contractor to give you a reasonable and realistic quote before you make any decisions about the work.
Update Or Replace Your Front Door
This is something that is extremely easy to do on a budget. Of course, replacing your door is going to be more expensive than renovating it by adding a lick of paint, new handles and new numbers but both are considered as a budget-friendly project to get stuck into. Your front door is one of the first things that people see when it comes to your home so if yours has seen better days this might be the project to start with. Updating your door does wonder for your curb appeal and regardless of if you’re planning to sell now or in the future keeping your door well maintained will ensure added value to your home. Not only is this project budget-friendly you can also complete all the work yourself so it removes the cost of labour as you will complete it for free.
Add Some Built In Shelving
Adding built-in shelves to a family room or creating a book corner can transform the feel of any room. Not only does it make a great feature it also doubles up as additional storage space, making your home feel lived in as well as well presented. Installing built-in shelving also takes up less room than if you were to have a freestanding unit and they tend to lend better withing the room. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune buying new units it’s also very realistic to buy second hand and put some work into to giving them a new lease of life by sanding and painting them before installing.
Update Your Bathroom
Yes, installing a completely new bathroom can be expensive but updating your bathroom doesn’t need to mean that you have to replace everything. It’s possible to give your bathroom a completely fresh look without spending a fortune. You should look at completing simple tasks such as a reglaze your bathtub project, whitening the grout, changing the decorations and performing a deep clean. If you’re looking to sell your home then one of the first things people will consider is the condition of the bathrooms and kitchen, as these can be the most expensive areas to renovate. By performing small maintenance tasks like these you’re minimising the need to completely reinstall everything.
Restore Your Fireplace
Not everyone is lucky enough to having a real working fireplace but if you do you should really consider restoring it and having it work. It makes a beautiful addition to any home and they’re becoming more and more desirable with many people actually now having it as a requirement for any home they wish to purchase. You don’t come across them as often as you used to as there was an influx of gas or electric fires installed. In new home now built you will rarely find a working original fireplace unless it has being specifically installed making it a unique item to have. You should make the most of it and make it into a feature piece in your home. If you’re having to reopen the fireplace then it’s always advisable to seek the help of a professional who can survey it to make sure it’s safe and useable. In some cases, you need to have the help of a builder to complete the work as chimneys have being removed.
Install A Shower Pump
A shower pump is designed to boost the water pressure in your water system to help with how the water comes through your shower head. Nobody wants to have a shower that is lacking in power so installing one of these will not only make have a shower more enjoyable but it makes it a better selling point for potential buyers. If you find that your shower head trickles rather than has any power behind it then this could be a could project for you to think about. If you’re unsure about whether you require something like this instaled it’s best to consult a plumber for advice. They can check your water pressure for you. Sometimes a lack of pressure can be because of built-up limescale on the showerhead so it’s worth checking this too.
Update Your Kitchen
Like with your bathroom, you are able to update your kitchen without the need to fork out the funds for a completely new model. A really easy and simple way to give your kitchen a new look and fresh feeling is to update the worktops. Changing the material or colour can help to lift the feeling of the room and also create a completely different look even with the same cupboards still remaining. You can also complete small tasks such as painting or covering the cupboard doors, changing the handles, updating the tiling on the walls or giving the room a fresh coat of paint. One of the most expensive things about renovating a kitchen is often the need to replace the cupboards so avoiding this should dramatically cut costs. If you don’t want to replace the worktops or change the cupboards a really simple way to update your kitchen is to add new splashbacks behind the cooker or sink. There is an abundance of colours and styles that you choose from.
Consider The Flooring
Carpets can start to look a bit worn over time, You could try giving them a deep clean with a carpet cleaner however if they have seen better days it may be time to think about replacing them altogether. You could even think about installing wooden flooring instead . It can be much easier to keep clean and at times last longer than carpets. If you do add new carpets, sticking to lighter colours tends to make a room feel bigger and brighter. If you do decide to go for wooden flooring remember that carpets save you more money long term as they are more energy-efficient in the cooler months.
Convert the Attic
This may seem like it’s going to be an expensive project, and although it’s the most expensive renovation project on this list it also has the biggest turnover for adding value to your home. Loft conversions are known as one of the best ways to add value to any home. You’re able to turn unused space into a livable area. You could choose to have an additional bedroom, create a lavish master bedroom or use the space for a home office and organised storage. You can really let your creative juices flow with a whole new space to work with. One of the most popular uses for a loft conversion a master bedroom, including a fitted wardrobe and ensuite bathroom.
This list is not extensive however these ideas should hopefully give you the inspiration you need to renovated your home on a budget. Have you completed any budget-friendly renovations recently? Please share them in the comments area below.
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