Have you walked through your home and cast a very critical eye over it lately? It’s not a job anyone enjoys doing because, maybe, the home is looking a little tired and money is too tight to allow major renovation works to take place. Never fear, however, you may find the answer here. For just a few hundred pounds, you could carry out a little work in the rooms throughout your house that will make it a nicer place to live in and mean the major work can be put off for another few years. Here are my top ten tips for you today.
1. Cleaning. Deep clean your house. Spends days on it if you have to, the results will show. There is no need to spend a fortune on expensive cleaning materials when you have products in your cupboards that will do the job just as well. Did you know that lemon juice mixed with equal parts water provides a powerful solution for cutting through grime in every part of the house? Also consider the use of vinegar or baking soda. Do your research online for applications; you will be amazed.
2. Kitchen counters. Our worktops start to look very tired and worn after five years or so. It is not a difficult or expensive task to replace them. They are available in a wide range of designs at your local DIY store. Remove the old worktop and use it as a template for a new one.
3. Taps. After ten years or so, our kitchen and bathroom taps are well past their best. Replacing then rejuvenates the fittings onto which they are attached. You can find cheap taps online or in shops. Fitting them is straightforward to an average DIY’er.
4. Decorate. Working through the whole house with a new coat of paint can be carried out in a few weeks if you are determined. You don’t need to do a super-high quality job. The object of this exercise is to brighten up your home cheaply and quickly. A better job can be done room by room at a later date.
5. Rugs. New rugs will brighten up any tired old carpet. Second-hand items can be found on internet auction sites that still look good and have plenty of life left in them.
6. Vinyl. Vinyl flooring can be found cheaply and is a great way to brighten up a kitchen or bathroom within an hour. If you are handy with a craft knife, then it is a job you can do.
7. Laminate floor. A medium sized room could be laminated for around a hundred pounds with a cheap range. This is perfect for our purposes; it can be replaced in a few years with something better. During that time, it will perform an admirably.
8. Windows. Replacing the window dressings works wonders for the overall feel of a room. Bright coloured curtains or blinds will make your room seem larger and airy. There is a multitude of styles and colours to choose from, and they are fairly easy to install.
9. Declutter. It is surprising how much junk we acquire over the years. It is time for a ruthless decluttering exercise. Less clutter means there is less for dust to settle on.
10. Light switches. Renewing the light switches is fast and cheap. Are yours past their best? We often don’t even notice that it is the switches that are letting the room down when they become yellowed and grubby. A new switch will only cost a couple of pounds and is simple to fit.
If you have followed the above tips and got this far, well done. It has been hard work but at least your pockets are only empty by a few hundred pounds, and your house looks younger. Valuable time has now been created for you save money for the major projects that need undertaking. That has got to have need worthwhile.