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How to Renovate on a Shoestring Budget

How to Renovate on a Shoestring Budget

Wanting to make a good impression and make your home stand out in the crowd doesn’t have to cost the earth. There are numerous budget-friendly ways that you can use to make your property more appealing to potential buyers and increase your chances of selling for the highest possible price. Here are some budget-friendly updates you could do before listing your home: 


Start with a Renovation Checklist:

Before doing anything else, walk through your home and make a list of what needs to be repaired or replaced. Once the checklist has been established, the next step is to set a budget and make time to complete the tasks.


First Impressions Count:

Start maintenance outside the property and work your way inside. Basic updates such as, painting or refinishing of fences, sheds and garage doors, cutting the grass and planting some flowers can improve the look of a home from the outside. 


Use Transitional Styles:

Ideally, you want to incorporate modern aspects into the home without losing its character and warmth. A transitional style walks the line between traditional warmth and homeliness, and the clean lines and subdued tones of a contemporary look.


Kitchen and Bathrooms are Key:

As some of the most frequently used areas in any home, the kitchen and bathrooms will be a focal point for buyers. Pay extra attention to these areas to ensure they are fresh and look great. A new kitchen backsplash is surprisingly affordable and DIY-able.


A Fresh Coat:

A new coat of paint is an inexpensive way to revitalise the home, especially if you have the skills to do the job yourself.


Replace or Repair Skirting Boards:

At approximately £1.25 per metre, there are online companies offering a wide range of skirting board styles.


Replace Internal Doors and Door Handles:

Handles cost as little as £7.99 each, while a door will cost around £46.99 depending on the style and material chosen. 


Put up New Window Coverings:

New window treatments can enhance a room without requiring much effort. You can find reasonably priced and easy-to-install shades, curtains, and rods at stores such as IKEA.


Light Switches and Electric Sockets:

A switch will cost around £1.32, while a socket will only set you back approximately £3.89. Always employ a professional when replacing electrical elements.


Repair Failed Double-Glazed Windows:

There are many specialist companies who can remove moisture from inside the failed double-glazed glass and clean and re-seal your windows for a fraction of the cost of buying new double glazing.


Hang Wall Art:

Markets, antique stores and second-hand shops are great resources for finding expensive gems.


Updating your home doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. By making these small changes before listing a property, you are giving yourself the best possible chance of setting your home apart. 



Here at Seymours, our friendly team of property professionals are on hand to advise you. Contact us or visit one of our local branches to discuss your property needs.


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