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How to Update Your Home On A Budget!

How to Update Your Home On A Budget!

When you want to update your home, you might assume it’s going to cost you a lot of money. However, there are a number of ways you can give your home a makeover that won’t cost you the earth. As estate agents in Tower Hamlets, we see some fabulous homes every day, so if you’re on a tight budget, simply follow our tips.

5 Ways to Update Your Home on a Budget

1. Make your kitchen look like new

When it comes to decorating your house, the kitchen is usually the most expensive room to upgrade because there are so many fittings and appliances. However, you can give your kitchen a makeover while on a tight budget by:

  • Covering the kitchen doors in vinyl or repainting them in chalk paint
  • Covering old flooring with vinyl tiles
  • Adding a new splashback or painting tiles
  • Adding a small kitchen island
  • Replacing door and drawer handles
  • Replacing small appliances such as kettles and toasters

While you may not be able to afford a full kitchen renovation, just carrying out these jobs won’t take much time or money and can make a huge difference particularly if your property in Tower Hamlets is for sale.

2. Bring your bathroom up to date

A dated bathroom can ruin the look of a house, and whilst an entirely new one might be out of your price range, there are ways to refresh your bathroom on a budget.

If you have an old suite that really needs replacing, you can often buy one cheaply in a trade store, then get a plumber to fit it. Most people can learn to tile, and there are plenty of tutorials online, while floors can be easily covered with vinyl or similar to make them look fresh and new.

If you’re painting your bathroom, always use specialist bathroom paint that can stand up to steam and humidity, otherwise it will soon start to peel.

3. Open up and light the space

A home that’s full of dusty items and clutter will soon feel dated and depressing. Spend some time decluttering, and you’ll soon see a big improvement to your home.

Many people complain that their homes are too small, but a bit of re-organisation and tidying up can give the feeling of space.

Once the space is opened up, make sure you have adequate lighting. Rooms look smaller if they have dim corners, and ceilings can appear lower if they aren’t lit.

Add some corner lamps and your home will look lighter and more contemporary.

4. Find second-hand supplies and furniture

Look on Facebook marketplace and you’ll find lots of local people selling DIY bits and pieces they no longer need, or have changed their minds over. You can easily buy paint, wallpaper and second-hand tools for just a few pounds, so there’s no need to put off certain projects.

Second-hand furniture is also easy to find online, and if you rent a van for a weekend, you can fill your home with new furniture for much less than the retail price.

Many people sell sofas, dining sets and beds that have barely been used, as they get bored with them or decide to go for a different look.

Some of the bigger charity shops also sell furniture, and while some of it might be a little dated, it can easily be revived with some chalk paint or varnish to make it appear more modern.

Some people don’t like the idea of second-hand furniture as they’re worried it might be dirty. It’s easy to rent an upholstery cleaner and clean up a sofa to get it looking like new, or you can use antibacterial kitchen sprays on most surfaces.

5. Change your colour scheme without redecorating

If your room is a little dated, but you don’t have the time or money to redecorate, then simply switching some of your décor can work well. For example, try covering old flooring with a rug, or adding splashes of colour with vases, plant pots, ottomans or other accessories.

While it’s not quite the same as a full makeover, it can help refresh the space while your property is on the market.

Painting or wallpapering a feature wall can also change the look of a room without needing to completely redecorate. It also means that if you go off a colour, or it goes out of fashion in a few months, it’s easy to change it again.

Need Help Sprucing Up Your Living Space?

Your home is your castle, but there’s no point in maxing out your credit card just to give it a makeover!

There are plenty of ways you can get the look you want without spending a fortune, whether it’s hunting for vintage finds or using some of your DIY skills and before you know it your home will be ready to place on the market and welcome viewers.

What Next?

For no-obligation advice on buying or selling a property in Tower Hamlets please contact our expert property team at City Realtor on 0207 790 7702. Alternatively, get an instant valuation here. We look forward to helping you move home.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Budget-Friendly Home Renovation

What are some budget-friendly ways to update old light fixtures in my home?

You can easily update old light fixtures by giving them a fresh coat of paint or replacing them with affordable, modern alternatives available at local hardware stores or online retailers.

How can I enhance my home’s kerb appeal without breaking the bank?

Improving your home’s kerb appeal on a budget can be achieved by painting or varnishing your front door, adding decorative door hardware, and installing cost-effective outdoor lighting fixtures to highlight your home’s exterior.

What inexpensive options are available to create a focal point in a room?

You can create a focal point in any room by repurposing existing furniture or artwork, incorporating affordable decorative pieces like stylish cushions or rugs, or arranging furniture to highlight architectural features such as fireplaces or alcoves.

What strategies can I use to maximise natural light in my home without extensive renovations?

To maximise natural light, consider using light-coloured window treatments, trimming foliage near windows to allow more light in, strategically placing mirrors to reflect light, and opting for sheer curtains or blinds to maintain privacy while letting sunlight filter through.