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Improving Your Home on a Budget

Many of us dream of living in beautiful home but lack the funds to do it. Truth is, it does not take a lot of money to transform your home into a fabulous one. Read on for top tips to improve your home on a budget.

paintFirst Tip: Paint

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good coat of paint. This is single-handedly the most economical, effective way of breathing life back into a tired old house. A fresh coat of paint immediately transforms every room making everything look updated and clean. Just bear in mind that when it comes to choosing paint, go for neutral colors. Don’t go crazy with rainbow colors as this will affect the look of the rooms. You can instead use bright colored furniture or rugs to brighten up the room.

Most home improvement or hardware stores sell a gallon of paint for $25. For something that can transform your home and increase its value, that’s not expensive at all! Just buy a few gallons and invite some friends over for a paint party. Remember to also get overalls to protect your clothes from the paint!

Second Tip: Learn from the pros

We all know that hiring a good interior designer can put an end to your worries when it comes to home improvement. After all, they’re the pros! However, interior designers are not cheap and it is usual to expect a 20% to 30% mark-up on the price of furniture and carpentry works supplied by a designer. You should therefore invite a designer over to your home for a first visit. Some of them provide this service free of charge whereas others will charge you a small fee. Most designers charge an hourly fee of less than $100. This $100 can go a long way because in just an hour, a professional interior designer can identify the problems with your house and suggest improvements such as color choices and furniture placement. You should note down all these suggestions and implement them.

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Third Tip: Get Inspired!

If you do not want to fork out cash to hire an interior designer, you can always look to the internet and magazines for inspiration. There are many websites dedicated to home improvement nowadays that you can easily scroll through for free! Alternatively, grab a home improvement magazine from the store and start flipping for great inspiration there too. Cut out articles that you want and keep it safe in your remodeling diary. Keep it simple and stay true to your personal style. Only then will you truly enjoy the process of remodeling your home on a budget.

Fourth Tip: Quality Control

Structural problems of a house are just like dental problems. They will not go away and will only get worse over time. The longer you delay fixing the problem, the more expensive the repairs will be. Simple things like a water leak can cause the entire roof to collapse, if not fixed immediately. This is because pooling water will cause wood decay and termite infestation. This affects the structure of your home and everyone knows that it is not wise to mess with the structure of your home.

We would recommend hiring a qualified inspector to inspect the quality of your home from time to time. You only have to do this every couple of years and it will save you money in the long run. Once the inspector has done his rounds, he will provide you with a list of problems with your home which requires repair. It is best that you proceed with the repair work as soon as you can.