How Can I Change My Home on a Budget? - Broke in London

How Can I Change My Home on a Budget?

Guest post by Julia Evans

At some point, you may get tired of how your home currently looks. While those in rented accommodation may be limited to the design changes they can make, homeowners might have a bit more flexibility. Depending on which category you fall into, you may want to consider planning some renovations, or even extensions. When money is fairly tight, you may not be able to utilise all of your chosen plans, however, some could potentially be brought into fruition.

Waste Disposal

One of the first things you might want to consider is how to get rid of things that you don’t need. While smaller items may be taken to your local tidy tip, larger quantities of waste may need other means of disposal. Building works, old possessions, and even some garden waste may need a skip. Using a skip hire pricing guide, you may be able to figure out what is within your price range, and then work accordingly. If dealing with asbestos or other sensitive forms of waste, you may require certain permits to remove them, or simply hire a contractor who can take them away on your behalf. Due to the complexities that may surround waste disposal, it is better to do your research and get quotes, and check how that matches with your budget, before committing to any given service.

Use Stud Walls

If you have a little bit of DIY knowhow, or are willing to read, watch, and learn, you may be able to change the layout of a room through the creation of stud walls. These are usually made with wood or metal frames, with plasterboard attached over the top. If you want to separate a current living space, such as turning a large bedroom into two smaller bedrooms, this could be ideal, and still, keep the price down. You may need to ensure that you are cutting the frames accurately, and affixing the plasterboard securely, for them to be a success. From here, they could be painted over as you would any other wall.

Use Mirrors

You may have already considered changing the colour scheme of rooms, or even where to hang pictures, but mirrors can also have some great benefits. Due to their reflective surfaces, mirrors can be great for maximising and amplifying the light in your living spaces. In particular, you may find them of great use in hallways or rooms with no window, as they will make the space feel less dark and claustrophobic. In other rooms, they might give the impression of more space.

Changing your home doesn’t need to involve a convoy of builders and other tradespeople. Instead, you might want to think about your budget, as well as your own level of skill. Making sure to follow procedures, you could create an ideal home without needing to rely on loans or even numerous years of savings. Be prepared to put in a fair amount of hard work, but it could all be worth it in the end.