Renovating your home doesn’t have to be expensive, and it can actually lead to you saving money in the long-term. With increasingly greener technology continually muscling its way in on the market, updating your home will not only give new life to your living space, but it could also knock a considerable amount off your utility bills at the end of each month. With the right planning and a bit of DIY know-how, you can very cheaply transform your home, add market value, and gain a renewed sense of pride in your property. Follow these very simple tips below for how to update your home on a budget.
Add a fresh coat of paint
While it may seem painfully obvious, it is surprising how effective adding a fresh coat of paint to a few walls is in transforming a space. It is also a job that anyone with a spare weekend can do, requiring just a quick trip down to the hardware shop to purchase a tin of paint, a brush, and a roller to get going. Painting walls in light colours is a great tip for making a room appear bigger and brighter, while somehow being able to lift your mood as you enter. For those looking to sell, it is an easy way of adding appeal to potential buyers.
Heating your home
An ineffectual heating system and lack of proper insulation are the cause of high energy bills, cold rooms, and damp walls. Up to a quarter of heat is lost through the roof, which can be prevented by simply investing in quality materials for insulating the attic, the installation of which can be done easily and without the need for professional help. In addition, radiators need to be regularly checked and bled to ensure maximum efficiency, while it is worth spending the money on new, energy-saving models, such as Warmrooms column radiators, as these can help you save money in the long term.
Invest in smart devices
Fitting out your home with the latest technology may seem like an expensive investment, yet it can, in fact, be exceedingly cheap, particularly if you are clever about the way you go about it. A whole new security system won’t be necessary if you are already comfortable with your current set-up. However, devices such as smart plugs and light bulbs are a no-brainer when it comes to energy-saving. Smart plugs, for example, can be controlled remotely using a tablet or smartphone, and mean that you no longer have to worry about turning off all the power outlets before you head out.
Install a water filter
In recent years there has been a seismic shift away from the purchase of single-use plastics, yet at the same time, more people than ever seem to be resorting to drinking bottled water over concerns for purity and taste. By installing an under sink water filtration system, not only will you reduce your plastic consumption, but you will also find it very quickly pays for itself.