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Home Improvements On A Budget

Home improvements need not cost the earth, and even if you have very little money available, you can still have a wonderful looking home by being savvy with what you spend.

A classic example is artwork: if you buy originals or get custom art made then you can spend a small fortune. However if you are happy to have something that looks very nice on the wall but does not have to be unique or an original print, then many shops have lots of great artwork you can buy at very small prices such as just a few pounds. As long as you don't mind the possibility of walking into a friend's house one day and them possibly having the same picture on the wall (shock horror!) then this is a great way to save money.

Similarly with ornaments - if you buy your prints and ornaments at shops like Wilkinsons then you can do so very affordably but still get some great stuff that may even give you change for the tenner you use to pay for them!

If you are looking at major changes that need to occur, then we all know how expensive labour costs can be. However consider that there are many websites out there where people can swap skills, so it could be you can barter your time with that of someone else's and offer them a service that you can provide in exchange for help with whatever it is that you want done around the home. Simply search for skill swap websites and you should find several of them.

And of course then there is the old favourite - either mate's rates, or simply getting family members in on the act and when they have a spare weekend asking them to come around and help you with that painting job. It is surprising how many people enjoy a bit of DIY and how many willing others are to give their time freely to help friends and family in this sort of manner, and many people are very skilled at doing odd jobs around the house, so you can get a lot done with just a little budget with a little nous and enterprise.

So, if you need to renovate your home but have little money to spend, don't despair - think about the different options and you will soon find that you can do a good job on a small budget.

More first-time house buying articles:

  1. Repayment and Interest Only Mortgages
  2. What is buildings and contents insurance?
  3. What is a mortgage in principle?
  4. Who needs a mortgage?
  5. Give Your Home New Life


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