With the New Year fast approaching, homeowners across the land will be thinking about how they can upgrade their properties in 2016. After all, building a happy environment for the family to grow is one of the most important challenges that anybody ever faces.
However, the expense of Christmas will probably take its toll over the coming months. Funds could be tight. That doesn’t mean that you should put your home improvement dreams on hold, but you should be very conscious of the money being spent.
The secret is to find ways of improving the home without blowing your budget unnecessarily. Here are some top tips to help you do just that.
Paint The Walls
Colour plays an integral role in building a room’s atmosphere. It’s central to creating a theme and is the first element that anybody will ever notice. One of the best ways to revamp your home is to get painting.
Adding a few coats can instantly brighten up the home. Better still, it doesn’t cost a lot of money to do while it’s also a relatively quick job to complete too. Just be sure that the walls have been prepped well.
You can also add a little extra character to the room by painting three walls in a base colour and then creating one feature wall. If painting it another colour isn’t working, you could always use patterned wallpaper to complete the look.
Wardrobes, tables and other furniture are fundamental parts of the home. You deserve style and luxury. On the other hand, you won’t want this aspect to blow your budget. The obvious option is to get the best of both worlds by buying flatpack.
OK, so you might have to spend a couple of hours putting things together. But you’ll be making a huge saving in return. When you’re finished, you’ll be left with stunning results too. Do be warned, though, you should equip yourself with a decent tool kit. Hot melt glue guns and glue sticks are my secret weapon. After all, you want those products to last.
Besides, those tools can be used to fix the inevitable faults that will surface around the home over the coming years.
Convert Spare Room
How often have you wished for a bigger property? Well, I’ve got news for you. You could easily make it feel that way by utilising the space you have. And transforming the guest room into something more productive is the best way to do it.
Here’s what I would do with a spare room, but you may have ideas of your own. Either way, it has to be better than leaving it in its current dormant state. Seriously, how often do the in-laws stay over anyway?
Fix Simple Faults
As already mentioned, problems will always occur around the property. That’s just part and parcel of modern life. Whether it’s a broken appliance or something entirely different, acting quickly is vital. Leaving the issue will only exasperate matters further. Besides, it’s stopping you from enjoying the property too.
Meanwhile, simple upgrades can often bring the change. Increasing the water pressure of your shower, for example, can improve your daily rituals. Those little luxuries in life can go a very long way. Don’t underestimate their importance.
It’s also important to solve issues that could be harming the property itself. Always look for signs of damp and similar faults. If you do come across them, find a quick solution.
The garden is a wonderful place for families to inject an extra sense of luxury and fun to the home. If yours has been left undervalued, now is the time to change it.
This is all about tailoring the space to your needs. The possibilities are endless. However, building a deck will instantly transform it into a more sociable area. You should also use trampolines and garden games to keep children entertained.
Invest in a decent BBQ set too, and you’ll be far more inclined to use the space more regularly.
If money is of the essence, then you should be keen to make savings wherever possible. Why not make upgrades that will actively save money over time.
Energy-saving toilets and friendly light bulbs can make a vast improvement. Combine this with smarter decisions on energy rates and common bills to guarantee a better home life. As well as saving some money, you’ll be improving your local environment.
Many of these changes can promote better health too. What more incentive could you need?