If you’ve been living in the same home for many years or have bought a fixer-upper, it’s natural that you would want to upgrade your home. However, upgrades and renovations can be expensive, but there are plenty of ways to update your home without spending thousands of dollars. Here are the top five tips and tricks you can follow.
Improve the Exteriors
The first impression of your home is the exterior — and luckily there are plenty of inexpensive things you can do to increase your home’s curb appeal, such as tidying the lawn. This includes removing weeds, trash, and debris, mowing the lawn, and cutting back the low-hanging tree branches.
You can also change the main door and windows or repaint them, repair broken bannister, and replace torn window screens. In addition, ensure the outdoor lights, mailbox, and house number decals and plaques are in good (and stylish!) condition.
Rearrange the Furniture
You can change the look and feel of a room significantly just by rearranging the furniture. For example, if the back of the couch is the first thing you see when you walk into your living room, you can move it to the opposite wall to create a focal point to improve traffic flow and make the room more inviting.
However, if you can’t find a good way to make a comfortable arrangement, then don’t just buy new furniture. Look around the house and you might find the piece you need sitting in a different room. Just swap it with the furniture you’re using.
Freshen up the Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the most important parts of a home, because it’s a place where you start and finish each day. It’s also the ultimate judgement zone, as anyone visiting your home is probably going to use your bathroom. So if you want to improve the look of this room, you can freshen up a few things at a minimum cost.
Add a new, clean layer of grout around the bathtub, toilet, tiles, and sink. This can make your bathroom feel brighter. You can also update the finishes, like the sink spout and handles, lighting, and mirror.
Renovate the Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home and the most popular area beside the living room. As the kitchen is such a high traffic area, your home’s kitchen must be designed to accommodate everyone.
However, this does not mean that you must go out and completely remodel your kitchen. You can paint the cabinets or reface the cabinets, place new countertops, or simply polish the appliances or update light fixtures.
Update your Heating System
We’re all used to replacing things when they get old or become less reliable. The same goes for the boiler as it helps heat the entire home. If it’s not efficient, then it increases the utility bills.
However, replacing the boiler is a big investment. But the free boiler replacement grants for pensioners can help. The option is for residents of England, Scotland and Wales under the ECO scheme set up by the UK Government. Updating your boiler means updating your home and saving money on energy.