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Smart Ways to Give Your Home a Low-Cost Makeover

When it comes to home renovations, the cost is always the most significant impediment, which is why it is critical to spend time going over your finances and documenting how and where your money will be spent. However, you could save money while still getting great results?

Flat Pack Assembling

Most people construct their flatpack furniture. However, it takes longer than hiring a professional to put it together. You can consider hiring a flat pack furniture assembler to insert your furniture, which may be included with the overall purchase price or must be paid separately to an independent trader.

The cost of fitting flat pack furniture is typically between £20 and £60 per hour. However, you may be quoted a fixed rate per item, which may vary depending on the self-assembly furniture you require.

The size of the furniture is an essential flat pack assembly cost factor, but only if the person assembling it will also pick it up on your behalf. If the furniture is large, you may need to hire a van, which typically costs £50 to £60 per hour and includes the labour cost for two workers to complete two hours of work. 

One tradesperson is usually sufficient to assemble flatpack furniture, which costs between £20 and £30 per hour. However, larger purchases, such as outdoor equipment or a children’s playground, may be significantly heavier and more challenging to assemble, necessitating the assistance of a second person. This means that the cost could be duplicated – costing between £40 and £60 per hour.

The time frame for constructing flat pack furniture will also affect the cost, as most jobs take around 15 and 30 minutes and would usually cost between £10 and £30, whereas larger jobs that take about one hour or more to finish can cost up to £190.

Fresh Paint

Are your walls in need of a new coat of paint? You don’t have to start by staring at the shop’s rows and rows of paint chips. Instead, picking up a paint can and letting loose on your drab, washed-out walls can give them a burst of brilliant depth. That’s the power of a fresh coat of paint: it reorganises your world. As a result, painting is the most popular DIY home improvement project. 

Whereas you don’t need to be a pro to learn how to paint like one, a good paint job requires more than just slathering some colour on the wall. So from the first scratch of the pole sander to the last feather of the brush, follow our how-to instructions to coat your walls in one weekend expertly.

Wallpaper

If you would rather not want to paint your walls, use wallpaper to make a statement! Consider using patterned wallpaper with palm leaves, floral motifs, or geometric patterns in a family room, home office, or children’s room. Alternatively, stick to solid colours and neutral patterns for a more subtle home improvement update. Looking for a do-it-yourself option? Use stencils and your favourite colours to create your wallpaper!

Crown Moulding

Crown moulding is at the top of most remodelling lists because it adds charm and value to a home, not because people can enjoy spending a Saturday perfecting the corners. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to mitre-saw frustration. White crown moulding combined with a neutral paint colour will complete the look of your room. Crown moulding can be painted or stained, or you can save money by using peel-and-stick crown moulding!

Add Art

Even if your paint is dry, what if your walls are bare? If you don’t already have a collection of artworks, it can be costly to start one, and it can be more challenging to find pieces that reflect your personality perfectly than the basic art that you would find at a big box store.

Small Changes

It may appear that upgrading your kitchen on a budget is impossible, but it is not! Forget about new worktops or cabinets; you could quickly revitalise your kitchen with a few inexpensive and simple changes. A consistent colour scheme and new knobs can go a long way toward making a kitchen feel new.

Put Down Fresh Caulk in Your Bathroom

You’ve noticed the warning signs of deteriorating caulk. It started with the brown tinge along the edges. Its once smooth and supple skin has become brittle and cracked, allowing stubborn mildew colonies to take hold or water to seep through and turn the wallboard and framing mushy. It must go, whether it’s around your sink, among a tub and its tile surround, or protecting the joints of your shower stall. 

Fortunately, caulk is inexpensive and straightforward to apply. It takes around an hour and a few widespread tools and materials that can be purchased at any hardware store. However, no matter how easy it is, it must be completed correctly, or you will be caulking again next year.

Backsplash

If putting up a traditional tile backsplash feels a little out of your DIY range. Shaping, cutting, and glueing up this low-cost stock material—available in various colours and patterns, which makes the beadboard backsplash, is a weekend project that most novices can confidently complete. And once you’ve installed your sleek backsplash, you’ll wonder why you ever thought of tile in the first place.

New Ceiling

Don’t forget to raise your ceiling! There are numerous options for this do-it-yourself home interior upgrade. For example, you could add vintage wood beams with beadboard or shiplap for a cottage look in a kitchen or dining room. Consider surface-mount tile or tin for a more retro feel in a bathroom. Alternatively, to create contrast and depth in a bedroom, paint the ceilings with an accent colour!

Flooring

Installing new floors is one way to spruce up your home on a budget. Consider sheet vinyl flooring, laminate, or ceramic tile for this home improvement project. Sheet vinyl flooring is both long-lasting and water-resistant. If you want a look similar to hardwood, use laminate flooring, which does not fade when exposed to sunlight. Alternatively, go with more traditional tile floors if you want easy-to-clean flooring!

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