1. Touch up with a splash of paint
It’s amazing the difference a splash of paint can make to your home! And it doesn't have to cost a fortune! B&Q currently has many offers on their paint. Bag two paint pots of colour emulsion for just £20. Homebase currently has lots of offers too, including 2 for £22 on selected tubs of paint. To further save those pennies, try using cashback sites like Quidco or TopCashback where you’ll get a percentage of what you pay for your goods paid back to you in cash.
2. Revamping and sprucing up
If your home needs a little face lift, you don’t need to pay out masses. Little changes can have a big impact, like changing door handles, updating light switches and plugs, making subtle changes to room lighting. BHS is currently holding a summer event and is offering up to 20% off selected lights, so now’s the perfect time to give your home a makeover.
3. Give new life to old furniture
Have you ever set your sights on beautiful new furniture, only to be discouraged by the cost? Well don’t worry! You too can have lovely brand new looking furniture by refurbishing old pieces of furniture. There are many options including painting, stencilling, sanding and varnishing. B&Q has many how to guides on its website so it’s never been easier to do it yourself .
4. Spring clean your home
It’s remarkable how much rubbish we accumulate and items we hoard. Spring cleaning and decluttering your home can make it feel more spacious and completely change the look of the room. Try keeping furniture to a minimum and get rid of any items you no longer need. Donate old furniture in good condition to a charity shop and clothing to TRAID. They’ll not only collect your clothes for free but will turn them into funds and resources to help the environment.
5. Know when not to scrimp!
We all want to save those pennies, but there are some home improvement jobs you really need qualified professionals for. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself and damage your property in process. Policy Expert found that around half of UK households admitted they have no idea whether their home insurance will pick up the bill if things go wrong and almost half of homeowners have had to admit defeat and pick up the phone to a professional. Find a reliable tradesmen using RatedPeople.com.
Thanks to Share Radio’s Consumer Champion and presenter of the Consuming Issues Show, Georgie Frost for sharing these tips.
- Read our 10 tips to cut the cost of DIY here!