One of the things that put Australians away from upgrading or improving their home is the never ending TO DO list. This may include furniture, curtains, paints, tiles, lightings, counter tops, leaking roof, and lots more. We all have lots of upgrades to make.
However, we find it hard to decide which to do or not to, mainly because we are on a tight budget. The good news is that, even with less than $500, it is still possible to give your home the elegant and fascinating appeal it deserves.
There are lots of inexpensive home improvement which only requires little cost, yet will go a long way in making sure your home remains new, neat, well-designed, and attractive. In this article, we take a look at three of the ways you can add value to or improve your home for less than $500.
Increase curb appeal
Increasing the curb appeal of your home shouldn’t only be when you put your home up for sale. Having an attractive curb appeal remains one of the important aspects of upgrading the appearance of your home.
Some of the things you can consider doing to improve the curb appeal of your home include pressure-washing the driveway, pressure-washing the pool area and floors, updating your mailbox, repairing broken stairs, and lots more. All these can be done for as low as $500.
Tend to your garden
When last did you dedicate time to take care of your garden? After some time, our garden becomes overgrown and messy. They turn dry and are filled with weeds or dead plants, especially in warm and tropical climates where everything grows, like in Cairns. To give your home the beautiful appearance it deserves, you need start from your garden.
One you notice that your garden is becoming messy, dedicate time to carry out thorough weeding, mowing, and trimming. Trim back any shrubs, bushes, or trees which may be obstructing a view or sunlight. You may also plan flowers to make it more beautiful. Better still, you may consider hiring a specialist to help care for your garden.
At times, upgrading the curb appeal of your home may only require you to dedicate time to taking care of your yard. All you need to do is get your hand dirty by trimming hedges, edging the lawn, or pulling weeds. Carrying out regular maintenance on your garden will make it look good at every point in time.
To reduce the cost, you can consider planting perennials which keep their lush greenery throughout the year. Also, try as much as possible to maintain and handle your garden tools properly. In Australia, there are lots of perennial plants adapted to the local climate, like Gazania, Dicentra or Dicentra. This will save your cost of purchasing new ones over and over.
Update the lighting of your home
How often do you update the lighting or your home or change your bulbs? The lighting fixtures and bulbs in your home can be likened with a piece of jewellery on a clothing. They can immediately add style, glamour, and sophistication to the look of your home. This goes a long way in improving the appearance of your Australian home.
Fixing or changing you chandelier or lamp fitting is a budget-friendly project. You can get affordable pendants from wholesale or big-box stores. You can also ask retail outlets about floor sample sales. You can budget about $200 for larger fixtures, $100 or less for wall light fittings, and about $100 for bathroom vanity lights.
Even if you happen to be on a tight budget, you can simply use your creative instincts to update your existing light fittings and bulbs using spray paints. You can also add a dimmer switch or a new light shade. You will find for instance some wonderful lamps on Temple & Webster.
However, so as to ensure that you are definitely including value to the new look of your home, consider switching to energy efficient light bulbs such as LEDs or CFLs. Even though they may costlier than incandescent bulbs, but they save you on utility bills, and last longer.
There you have it! The above are cost budget friendly ways of improving the appearance of your Australian home. Remember, making your home stay beautiful doesn’t have to cost much. The most important thing is dedicating time to taking care of your home and its surroundings. Even with your tight budget, you can still give your home the stylish and beautiful look it deserves.