Monday, September 19, 2016

Updating Your Home on a Shoestring Budget: Is it Really Possible?

Do you love your home? If the answer isn’t yes, then there’s a problem. Your home, whether you own or rent it, should be yours’ and your family’s little retreat. The place that you look forward to coming home to and love spending time in. However, if you’re not keen on your home, then the chances are, this isn’t the case.

Perhaps you hate the layout of the property? Maybe the decor isn’t to your taste? Or, could a lack of storage space be to blame? Whatever the reason, if you dislike your home, then you need to do something to change that. After all, living in a place that doesn’t make you feel happy, can’t be good for you, or your family.

Of course, the number one reason many people choose to live in spaces that they dislike is because of money. You see, a lot of us make the mistake of thinking that we can’t update our homes on a budget. However, that’s not the case. Believe it or not, it’s possible to do up your home on even the smallest of budgets - here’s how:

Go DIY with your update


The most expensive part of any home renovation is paying for labor - it can be incredibly expensive. However, by opting to go DIY with your home’s update, you can save yourself a ton of money. It might mean that the work takes longer to complete, but if you’re on a tight budget, doing it yourself is the best option. Believe it or not, DIY work can look just as good as professional decor, as long as time and care is taken on each area of your home. If you rush the project, the work will, of course, look shoddy. However, if you take time and care to ensure that your update is just as you dreamed it would be, it should look pretty good. For instance, installing plastic flooring in your home can be tricky, but it can be done yourself and is a cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring and looks just as good. 

Scour deal and discount sites
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When it comes to getting the paint and other materials for your project, to keep costs low, look online. The same goes for your furniture. If you’re going to replace old pieces with newer and more modern alternatives, take the time to browse online. You see, there are plenty of deal sites, many of which offer all manner of discounts, including ones for furniture, for instance. Take the deals on, for example, there are plenty to choose from. There are lots of other sites that offer similar deals, so you've got plenty of choices of which to use. If you take the time to have a look online for the most affordable paint, materials, and furniture, you can help to keep costs as low as possible.

Make do and mend


Any items of furniture that are expensive to replace but are looking a little worse for wear should be mended, not replaced. When you’re on a tight budget, it’s important to adopt a ‘make do and mend’ approach to items that are expensive to buy again. The good news is that thanks to the internet, there are plenty of simple tutorials online for fixing and doing up all sorts of old furniture. So whatever the piece that’s in need of repairing, you should be able to find the information that you need to do so. For more advice, sites like can be useful.

It is possible to do up your home on a shoestring budget. However, you need to take a certain approach to be able to do so.

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