Maintaining and improving your home doesn’t have to cost the earth, as long as you approach your DIY with a clear budget and a little know-how. To help you save on both time and money, we’ve put together a guide to home improvements that don’t have to break the bank.
Learn some key home maintenance skills
A little DIY knowledge goes a long way when it comes to home improvements and means you’ll have the confidence to tackle many jobs without calling in a tradesman (although for jobs that involve electricity, gas or oil, always use a registered professional). Some of the key skills to master are how to use a drill, how to caulk, how to turn off your water supply or fix a dripping tap, how to use a spirit level and how to replace a plug, fuse or air filter. Learning your new DIY skills doesn’t need to be expensive, as there’s a vast range of tutorials and videos you can access online. And with the correct tools – which you can rent or borrow if your budget is tight – you’re good to go with your home DIY.
Home-Improving Energy Efficiency
Some of the most valuable home improvements are the ones behind the scenes, which can save you money in the long run. Maintaining your home’s energy efficiency will make your house more cost-effective – and keep your bank balance happy! Check all the seals on your heating and cooling ducts, change the air filters in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems regularly and replace worn seals around your windows and doors. Check your attic too, to ensure the insulation is sufficient enough to keep heat inside your home and with an air filter coupon code you can save even more money.
Swap out, instead of a total replacement
If your kitchen or bathroom are starting to look a little past their best, you don’t always have to rip them out to start again, as a few clever updates can breathe new life into the room. As long as the cupboard carcasses are solid you can replace kitchen cupboard doors for a quick and affordable update, as well as paint work surfaces and tiles. In the bathroom, a change of taps, bath panels or shower door can refresh its look, without busting your budget.
Get a designer look with your paint
Another cheap but effective way to freshen up your home is to get out the paint brush and, if you use neutral colours with a contrasting ‘accent wall’, you can create a sense of space and interest. Or add pattern or texture to your accent wall with wallpaper for a designer look to your home, without the designer price-tag.
Add more curb appeal
First impressions count so when looking to improve your home, don’t forget your outside space. A few cheap tricks can work wonders on your front garden and really add to your home’s curb appeal without adding too much to your home maintenance to do list. Planting simple foliage such as hedges and shrubs as well as colourful but low-maintenance plants along the edge of the lawn and walkways creates a shape and structure to your front garden and leads visitors nicely to your home. Pick hardy, weather resistant plants and with a little care and attention, you will have a beautiful outdoor home improvement, without having to spend too much cash.