Times are tough at the moment and the cost of upgrading to a new home is out of reach for most of us. So unless you win the lottery, it is better to make the best of what you have than to waste time coveting a house you cannot afford. Thankfully not all home makeovers have to cost the earth.
If the property makeover shows can transform a dreadful hovel into a dream show home on a shoestring budget, so can you. You might not have access to skilled tradesmen and a camera crew, but you can still do a lot with a bit of spare cash and a lot of artistic vision.
The kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms in the house to refit. Even if you have a tiny little galley kitchen you can still expect to spend several thousand pounds if you go to one of the big kitchen showrooms. It is possible to replace all the cupboards on the cheap, but you need to have the time and the skills to do the work yourself. A cheaper option is to replace the worktops, sink and cupboard doors. It isn’t as expensive as ripping out the entire kitchen, but the end result is often just as effective.
The cost of refitting a bathroom is not far behind that of a kitchen so be prepared to spend a fair amount if you want to rip everything out and replace it with some new fittings. A cheaper alternative is to try a bath resurfacing service to restore your old bath to its former glory. You could also replace the taps and add some shiny new bathroom accessories to give the smallest room in the house a new look.
Living Room Makeovers
New flooring and a change of colour on the walls can make a massive difference to a tired old living room. Consider replacing the carpets if they are worn and fit some modern laminate flooring instead. Swap old-fashioned curtains for new blinds and add some nice cushions or a throw on the sofa. All of these improvements are relatively cheap (unless you opt for solid wood flooring) and will make a huge difference to your living room.
Once again, a lick of paint can vastly improve the look of a tired looking bedroom. Add some new bed linen and matching curtains or a blind and your bedroom will instantly look better. Accessories can also help to revamp the space. New bedside lamps and a few matching cushions can be used to add some colour. And if the carpet is worn or old-fashioned, replace it with a new one. You should be able to find a cheap remnant unless your bedroom is super-sized.
The garden is often the most neglected area of a family home. With the British weather permanently stuck on rain and wind, most of us spend very little time enjoying our outdoor space, which is a real shame. But just because you rarely spend much time out there, it doesn’t mean you can forget about the garden. If you have some spare cash, consider installing decking or a new patio. Add some low maintenance pots full of herbs and flowers and when the weather does finally improve, you can at least make the most of the sunshine in your newly revamped garden.
Home makeovers do not have to be prohibitively expensive. Even a lick of paint and a few new cushions will inject some freshness into a tired room. Check out what is on offer at the local home improvement stores and take advantage of special deals on paint and floor coverings.