When you step through the front door into your home, do you love what you see? If the answer is no, you need to ask yourself why that is. Is it because the style of the decor isn’t to your personal taste. Or, is it because your home’s decor is old and outdated, but you can’t afford to update it right now? If it’s the latter, you’re not alone – a lot of families struggle to afford luxuries like home updates.
The good news is, however, that just because money is tight, that doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t revamp your home. It may take a lot of planning, effective budgeting, and perhaps even some money borrowing, but it is doable. When asking yourself if it’s worth the hassle, remember that how our homes look impact ours’ and our family’s mood. As well as, the value that the property holds. So, if your home isn’t as well designed and decorated as it could be, it’s a good idea to do something about it. Trust me when I say that you’ll feel much better for it.
To make the process of giving your home the TLC that it needs while on a budget easier, below are some tips, suggestions, and ideas.
Work out your budget
The first step that you need to take should be working out what your budget is for renovating your home. This is important, as if you don’t know what you’ve got to work with, you could end up overspending. So, sit down and look at your bank balance, to work out how much you can afford to spare for breathing new life into your home.
Once you know what your budget is, you can then start working out how you want to go about updating your home. If you’re stuck for ideas, take the time to get inspired by having a browse online on sites like Pinterest, as well as on home decor blogs. Any ideas that you like the look of and that are budget-friendly, save to refer to later on.
Consider taking out a loan
If, after calculating your budget, you realise it’s not large enough to work with, it could be worth taking out a loan. Or, at least, considering taking out a loan. If you know that your budget isn’t going to be large enough to cover the cost of the updates that you want to make, a loan could be the answer. The idea of getting into debt might not be all that appealing, but short term loans could be worth looking into. Especially, as they can be paid back over a matter of months in affordable instalments.
You deserve to love your home, which is why if it’s not a space that you’re proud of, you need to do something about it. If you’re not able to afford to pay for all the updates that you want to make at one time, then taking out a loan to cover the cost could be a great option. As long as you know that you will be able to pay the money back, then there’s nothing to worry about.
Be a smart shopper
When it comes to picking up materials for any work that you want to do, be it paint or flooring, be smart about where you shop. There are lots of discounts stores that you could opt to shop at, should you want to. So, take the time to look around for the places that offer the best deals on different materials. As well as shopping in-store, you could also consider having a look online – often there are some fantastic deals online.
As well as buying new items – furniture, flooring, worktops, etc., consider buying second-hand items. Often, you can get some amazing deals on second-hand items that have hardly been used, or sometimes, have never been used. Tins of leftover paint can be a great buy, just as long as they’re still in date, that is. If you fancy adding an accent wall to an area of your home, buying unused wallpaper second-hand can also help to keep costs low.
Change small areas of each room
When money is tight, a good way to make each area of your home feel different is by making small changes. Instead of transforming each entire room, instead focus on making a couple of small changes to each space. These should be noticeable things that will make each room look and feel different, but without being too expensive.
Take the kitchen, for instance. To give your kitchen a new look and feel, swapping out the old tiles and old worktops for new ones can make a big difference to the feel of the space. Or, to change up the look of your living room, swap your carpet for hardwood flooring, and you’ll be amazed at the difference it will make. Believe it or not, sometimes small, simple changes can be all it takes to transform your home into a place that you love.
Make accessories your best friend
One of the best ways to change up the look and feel of any space is with the use of accessories. For each room, choose a colour scheme and style that you want to implement and then use a selection of accessories to do so. Think rugs, curtains, table lamps, throws, cushions, wall art. Any accessories that will make an impact are ideal.
To get an idea of what types of accessories will work in each area of your home, head to your local home store and have a browse. Look around the store and see which items take your fancy, as well as which ones would work well together.
Just because money is tight, that doesn’t mean that you can give your home the TLC that it needs. It might take a little more thought, but even when on a small budget, you can still update your home. It’s just a case of being smart about your spending, to make your money stretch as far as possible.