For most homeowners, it sometimes seems that home improvements are just an endless drain on the bank account. No sooner have you fixed a leaky roof, when it’s time to spend hard-earned cash on damp proofing. Whilst there is no getting away from paying out if you’re a home owner there are steps you can take to make enhancements that won’t always result in taking out a bank loan or a second mortgage.
Affordable ways of sprucing up your home that won’t break the bank:
- Revamp the kitchen: You don't have to spend a ton of money if you want your kitchen looking as good as new. Fortunately, these days, kitchens cupboards are made so that replacing the cupboard doors is a very straightforward procedure. So rather than spending thousands on a new kitchen, you can pay hundreds and end up with a kitchen that looks nearly brand new.
- A touch of paint: Painting is one of the most affordable and easiest ways of improving a property. Painting will save the hassle of having to re-wallpaper every few years and once you have paint on the walls, it’s far easier and cheaper to transform, should your tastes change. Another great aspect to painting is making a home more sellable. Lighter color paints make a room look bigger and as a result, will add to the appeal should a prospective buyer view the property.
- Flooring: Whether you are looking to sell, or just brighten the place up, flooring can play a huge part. A new carpet can and does brighten the home up and do everything from improve the appearance to add value. However, if you have children, pets or just like to change the décor reasonably often, it may be financially prudent to opt for a carpet that is easily cleanable and a solid neutral colour. A neutral colour will match a variety of furnishings and won’t have to be changed every time you get a new suite or curtains. Some carpets are tougher and easier to clean than others. The initial outlay can save money down the line that will often be spent on cleaning or replacing. Here’s another tip; if you haven’t already, look under the carpets. It’s amazing how many homes have carpets sat on natural wood. It could be that you could improve the look and value of your home by just pulling the carpets up and hiring a sander.
- Lighting: Taking time to address the lighting in the home can make a big difference to how it looks and feels to you and to prospective buyers. Using brighter bulbs where possible can make rooms look lighter and fresher. Whilst brighter rooms look bigger and more appealing to someone considering buying your property, they can also make a huge difference to the look and feel of a room. Replace thick, dark lampshades with lighter ones whilst you’re at it, as this will help as well. Do take the time to shop around for energy efficient bulbs, as you can get bulbs that are both bright and cost effective. In no time the initial outlay will pay for itself.
Even if you aren’t looking to sell your property, approaching improvements from this viewpoint is a good way to make enhancements without shelling out too much cash. Before you know it, your house could be transformed without the cost that you would normally expect.