What are the best home improvements on a budget? 

We all have some goals in life, whether it’s owning your home or trying to improve your credit score so you can get a mortgage, everyone’s goals are different!

For those who do already own a home, summer is the perfect time to think about making some home improvements. But with costs rising, it can be difficult to increase your home’s appeal without breaking the bank.

However, there are a variety of ways to spruce up your pad and add value on a budget, though it’s always a good idea to consider your finances before beginning any improvements.

We’ll take a look at some ideas that will help give your home the wow factor.

Add a lick of paint

This is probably the easiest and least expensive way to keep your home looking fresh and can be adapted to any budget. Focus on just one or two rooms or give some TLC to all the walls in your house for a full make-over.

Keep small spaces light by choosing pastel colours or trusty neutrals and add depth and warmth with feature walls or bright patterns.

If you’re tackling the whole home, you might be able to save money when buying paint in bulk.

Add crown moulding

This doesn’t need to be reserved just for traditional, Victorian style homes. Create a subtle yet stunning design feature by adding crown moulding between the ceiling and walls. It looks great in any room but can be especially stylish when added to spacious living areas or bedrooms for a luxury feel.

It’s also a practical way of covering any flaws or blemishes in the paintwork or wallpaper and gives a seamless finish to your new look. It’s fairly easy to install, requiring minimal tools, so there’s no need to get the professionals in.

Reinstate the fireplace

As well as creating a cosy atmosphere, reinstating an old fireplace can add a characterful focal point and improve the overall feel of a room. If you have an old chimney breast, it’s worth seeing if there’s a hidden fireplace that can be uncovered and given a new lease of life.

Add a traditional surround for the ultimate finishing touch and prepare to spend the cold winter nights huddled by your new fire.

Consider your garden space

Don’t just focus on improving the inside of your home, think about adding extra space and revamping the outside.

A garden room can be an ideal way to create an office, playroom or even a snug to escape the bustle of the home. It doesn’t need to cost the earth, and, depending on the building and materials, you won’t necessarily need planning permission either, though it’s worth checking with your local council before you begin.

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