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How To Improve Your Home On a Budget - Part 1/3 Kitchen & Bathroom

Updated on September 13, 2010
Improving your home for yourself or profit need not cost thousands
Improving your home for yourself or profit need not cost thousands

Small, Tight Budget does not mean you can't improve your home and its value!

Despite some reports, we all know that the housing market is still in a very tough place. In many areas of the country the property market is still yet to recover, so more and more people are looking at improving their home instead of moving home. However not everyone has thousands of dollars to spend on improving their home so with this in mind here are some great tips and advice about what you can do on a budget to increase your homes value whilst also making it more liveable for you.

If your budget is tight the last thing you want to do is spend money you don't have on things that won't improve your homes value. If you keep this in mind you always spend wisely, and will not only enjoy your home more, but it also will be worth more.

Improving your kitchen on a Budget

If you really want to improve the value of your house then redoing your kitchen is one of the best ways you can spend your money. A good well-planned kitchen can add up to 10% in value to your home. It's the first thing that buyers look for and it is also one of the rooms that you're most likely to spend time in, this is especially true if you have an open plan living arrangement or a kitchen diner. The best way to redo your kitchen is to do it in a style inkeeping with the rest of your home. This means that if you have a period property or a similarly rustic house then do the kitchen in that same style. Likewise if you have a nice apartment or a modernist house then a modernist kitchen will dramatically increase the value of your home. It's all about selling the idea of your house or apartment. For example, in a rustic cottage, a rustic kitchen can portray a country style life which someone looking at that type of property would want and is prepared to pay for. You wouldn't expect to find a farmhouse kitchen in a contemporary flat, would you?

However a new kitchen can cost a lot of money, so the best way to improve your kitchen without spending a lot of money is to change the doors on your kitchen cupboards. Depending on the style of your kitchen just painting the cupboard doors to give them a fresh look whilst putting in some new appliances can make your kitchen seem completely different, and add value to your house by giving it a "just renovated feel" without blowing your budget. Likewise if your worktops are looking tired than just changing those can make a similar difference.

A Large Example of a Stylish Modern Wetroom

Improving your Bathroom space

Whilst improving your kitchen is probably the biggest change you can make to a house improving your bathroom comes in a close second in terms of value as well as overall impression. If your budget and room allows then adding an en-suite bathroom can increase the value of your property by 5%. However this is only viable if you have a large bedroom to fit one in. A smaller and similar alternative to a full on en-suite would be to make a wet room, which is where the whole room is part of the shower so to speak. Wetrooms are a great modern design which allows you to have all the fittings of an en-suite but in a small area as the entire room is designed to get wet, hence the name. However if you don't have the money to add an en-suite or a wetroom then what can you do with your existing bathroom on a budget?

Well changing your existing bathroom, even with slight refurbishment can really add to the appeal of your house. Whilst looking at a bathroom and thinking about making changes can be daunting, it is possible to DIY your bathroom relatively easily. Those old tiles and shabby floor will be one of the first things a potential buyer will notice. Changing these for a modern design, and re-tiling is a cheap way to make your bathroom more appealing to buyers. Also if your not interested in selling right now then it will make a huge difference to have a nice modern bathroom to use. Even fitting a new sink is not as hard as you would imagine. However if you have a decent budget then you can really change the look of a house by stripping out the bathroom and starting again with a modern design. Bathroom designs have changed a lot in the last 10 years and you can really change the space to make it seem larger, and more luxurious. This is the kind of thing that improves value for selling, and makes a difference in your everyday life if you want to improve your home for you.

What Tips do you have for Redecorating Kitchens and Bathrooms?

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