When you move into a new home, the first thing you’re going to want to do is to upgrade things – but sometimes the budget can let you down. While you might be thinking about ripping out the bathroom, adding an extension and getting the backyard landscaped, you might find that your plans are sadly out of your price range. That doesn’t mean you can’t change things up though – we’ve got five great projects that can either be done on a budget (or yourself!) that will give your home a new lease of life.
Add Some Insulation
While it might not be the most aesthetically pleasing project to get stuck into, adding insulation to your home can make a huge difference in the long run; not only will it make it warmer and subsequently reduce any energy bills, it will also help to prevent future issues with damp and mold. The local home depot store will have a huge range of products that are ideal for adding insulation to everywhere, from lofts and roofs to walls – or you could alternatively call a local company for advice and a quote.
Change Your Flooring
Having new flooring put down is one of the best investments you can make for your home – as long as you choose wisely. Hardwood or laminate can both look beautiful, but they tend to mark easily and can also become scratched – which means they harbor germs and bacteria. A polished concrete floor Toronto is not only incredibly cost-effective at just $3 to $8 per square foot, but it’s also durable and hardwearing – and because it’s non-porous, it won’t hold on to any bacteria or allergens that might irritate delicate chests.
Makeover Your Outside Areas
A tidy yard makes a world of difference to your home, and a makeover doesn’t have to break the bank – simply mowing lawns and digging flowerbeds can instantly brighten things up. Add pots, troughs and hanging baskets filled with colorful blooms for extra decoration, and if you’ve got the space, a bench or swing seat is a wonderful addition – these can all be sourced relatively cheaply from home depot and thrift stores. If you’ve got a little more left in the budget, why not ask a local landscape gardener for advice on plants and lawn care? Another great idea is to replace your front door – not only will it add a beautiful finish to your front yard, but it will also add extra security and can provide that essential peace of mind.
Makeover Your Kitchen
Making over your kitchen doesn’t have to mean ripping out your existing units and replacing all the worktops – and it doesn’t have to involve bringing in professionals either. There are some great products now that can take kitchens from tired and sad to fabulous in just a few days; pick some specialist cupboard paint to give your cabinets a new lease of life, find some great stickers to cover the old-fashioned tiles and add some open shelving for a beautiful contemporary feel.