Home renovations might give you feelings of dread if you think you’re going to be spending thousands upon thousands making them, but the fact is, there are many renovations that you can make a shoestring budget that will still make a difference to your home. If you’re selling your home they should help you to get a lot more money, and even if you’re not, it’ll make your home a more enjoyable place to live. Take a look and see what you can do to your home even on the tightest of budgets:
Clean Up And Be Vigilant
Start by cleaning up. Be very strict with yourself. Watch a few episodes of Marie Kondo if it helps you! You need to figure out what you actually want to keep and the things you don’t need but you have been holding on to for no real reason. Get rid of things you might have more than one of, and anything you haven’t used in 6 months. Chances are, if you haven’t used something in 6 months you won’t use it again.
Doing this should clear up some space in your home and make it feel more organized.
Rearrange Your Furniture
Simply rearranging your furniture can also be a great way to change up the look of your home for free. If you’re not sure what might work for you, there are apps that could potentially help you to figure out what lay out makes the most sense for each room. Changing up the lay out could mean creating a more social setting, or even something far cosier.
Make Big Impact Changes Before Anything Else
It’s a good idea to focus on big impact changes before focusing on anything else. A new lick of paint is quick and easy to do but can make a huge difference. Flooring, lighting, and furniture can all make a big difference too. If you make these changes first, you can figure out what’s best to do around them.
Find Smart Ways To Update
There are some seriously smart ways to update the look of your home without spending a lot of time or money – but nobody would ever know. For example, you can use Iron-on wood veneer sheets for your floor or cabinets, which will make them look like you’ve had something brand new put in when you haven’t. You can also change your hardware for something quick but effective.
Do Everything You Can Do Yourself
If you can do something yourself, then do it. Although bigger, more important and complicated tasks should be taken on by a professional, you can probably make a lot of the changes you’re planning on making yourself. There are YouTube tutorials that can help you, and you’ll have weekend projects for a long time to come! It’ll take longer to complete, but you’ll likely feel way more satisfied knowing you’ve taken care of everything yourself and saved some money. Of course, if something is really confusing to you or dangerous, you should leave it to a pro or you’ll end up spending more in the long run.
Focus On Tidying Your Garden
Your garden can add serious curb appeal to your property. Focus on tidying it up. You don’t need a landscaper for this! Get rid of weeds, make sure your grass is tidy, and clear out any debris or things like old pet toys. You may also want to add some accessories that can give your garden a more whimsical vibe.
Make Your Entryway More Inviting
Your entryway is often the first thing people see when they come to your home. Making it more inviting will instantly make your home look better and improve your curb appeal. Clear up the pathway to your door, and perhaps even consider painting your door a bright color. You could also do things like clean your windows and car, add a number to your door, and add a nice letterbox. It all depends on how much time and money you want to spend.
Put Up Some Artwork
Artwork might sound like an expensive investment, and in many cases, it can be. However, you don’t have to spend a small fortune to show some great artwork in your home. You could rip pictures out of magazines and frame them, or even create your own artwork with some paints and a canvas! Having artwork in the home helps to show your personality and brings color/texture to a space. No home should be without it.
Add Some More Texture
Does your home have enough texture? If the answer is no, you need to change this. Texture helps your home look cosier and more professionally put together, and is really easy to add. You can add more cushions, for instance, throws, rugs, and more to create more texture. Plants are a great addition too, and they have the added benefit of cleaning the air!
Add More Storage
Storage can stop your home from looking cluttered, but you’ll need to think about this carefully. If you can purchase furniture that doubles up as storage, this will help you to save space. You can often purchase beds, ottomans, and even sofas that double up as storage. If you don’t want to do that, shelving can help you to make the most of your vertical space.
Hang New Curtains
New curtains could be just what you need to make a room in your home look better. It might sound silly, but the material, the length, and the way curtains hang can all influence how a person feels about a room, and how the room looks in general due to the amount of light that they let in. If you want to switch to blinds, this can also be a good option, but custom fitted blinds tend to be much more expensive.
Which of these renovations are you thinking of making? Let us know, and leave any of your own smart tips for budget renovations below!