The question of home décor is likely something that every homeowner grapples with, sometimes at different stages of homeownership. Maybe you were able to get a home at a lower price, but the tradeoff was a design you didn’t like and will have to work on later. Perhaps you’ve grown to love a home you’ve had for years, but are ready for a visual change. Perhaps you’re planning on raising a family, and want a home that’s appearance reflects that. Whatever reasoning you have, don’t feel that you need to break the bank. Here are some ways to save on the beautification of your house.
When it comes to beautifying your house, a major way to save is to not try and do everything at once. It’s one thing if you start a project and pay a little more for an unexpected reason. It’s a lot more if you have to do the same thing for several projects at the same time. So, where should you start? An ideal starting point is going to be the entryway to your home. This is because it’s going to be the first thing that guests see, so you want to make a good impression. Some things that can help improve your entryway are absolutely free, like cutting down on clutter. Other things are relatively inexpensive, like using a chest or decorative basket to house mail or keys. Picking pieces that are functional and aesthetic will help you get the most bang for your buck.
In general, there are a few other pieces that you can throw into just about any room without costing you a lot of money, but will have a pronounced effect. One example is area rugs. Some people pay a lot of money for these, but considering how much abuse they take, that doesn’t really make a lot of sense. There are many cheaper rugs that still have striking designs—the perfect combination. If you are looking for other small accent pieces to add, try throw pillows. They combine colors, patterns, and textures to change the feel of the room, and if you don’t like them, you can always switch them around.
The Next Level
Now, one thing that may also be on your mind when it comes to home beautification is what to do with your bathroom. After all, along with your kitchen, it’s considered to be one of the most important rooms when it comes to raising the value of your home. Another thing to consider is the fact that unlike a living room or a sunroom, chances are that you’re going to use the bathroom at least once a day. What you need to make sure you do, though, is decide how much you are willing to invest, as if you want a certain tier of changes, you’re going to need to budget for a plumber.
Why is this so important? According to Fix It Right Plumbing, a plumbing company in Sydney, Australia, “it is almost impossible to give a price over the phone or otherwise without actually seeing the job. Any plumber that tries to do this is doing you a disservice for several reasons:
• No plumbing job is ever the same so the price is inaccurate which can lead to two things happening:
• First, the plumber will charge you more than they quoted you which will leave a bad taste in your mouth.
• Second, The plumber won’t charge you more and will try to do half a job to get out of it by taking as little loss on the job as possible (inevitably leading to faulty workmanship and an angry customer).
Do your research into which method of charging you are most comfortable with and research each plumbing company to see how reputable and experienced they are.” A lot of these same techniques apply the moment your beautification plan requires professional help. For example, do you want to redo the lighting? Bring on an electrician. Are you planning on landscaping outside of a basic cut lawn? Again, professional help is needed. A lot of the time, this is what drives up the price of beautifying your home, so pick and choose what you really want.
No matter how much or how little you choose to spend on home beautification, know that you don’t have to stick to the conventional options in order to have the desired result. Just keep your mind open and stick to your budget, and anyone can create a more beautiful space to live in.