Home improvements on a single mum budget.
Living on a single parent income can be challenging, especially when things need doing around the home. We know updating your home doesn’t come cheap, but whether it’s teaching yourself some simple DIY or finding clever ways to cut costs on home improvement projects, there are many purse-friendly options that won’t break the bank.
We’ve put together some inexpensive ways to create the home of your dreams.
HOME IMPROVEMENTS ON A SINGLE MUM BUDGET
PAINT YOUR CABINETS
If your kitchen needs a makeover but you can’t stretch to paying upwards of £3,000 to get a new one installed, then repainting kitchen cabinets is a cheap and effective alternative. Repainting them is easy, but you’ll need to make sure you complete all the proper surface prep for a professional finish.
CHANGE YOUR SPLASHBACK
Another way to transform your kitchen on a budget is to add low-cost tiles, or an all-in-one glass splashback You can even get adhesive glass splashback panels that are affordable and really easy to fit.
DO UP YOUR FRONT DOOR
Make sure visitors to your home have a great first impression by adding a coat of fresh paint to your front door. It’s the first thing they’ll see and notice about your property. Colours like greys, black or greens are an easy way to create a classic and sophisticated look.
BRIGHTEN UP THE ENTRANCE
Whether you decide to paint your front door or not, adding evergreen plants either side of your door or flowering window boxes will definitely make your home look more attractive from the street and close up.
HANG NEW CURTAINS OR BLINDS
New blinds or curtains are a simple way to freshen up any room. Unlined curtains will be cheaper, and a patterned fabric will always cost you more than a plain design.
ADD A STAIR RUNNER
Carpeted stairs often give away a home’s age, and with kids running up and down them all day, it may have seen better days. According to toolswizard.com.au, updating your stairs needn’t be an expensive project. Once you’ve removed the outdated carpeting, you can sand, prime and paint the wooden staircase underneath. Don’t be tempted to stop the makeover right there, as your freshly painted stair are unlikely to stay that way for long. Instead, install a hard-wearing stair runner to protect against constant use.
HOME IMPROVEMENTS ON A SINGLE MUM BUDGET (CONT.)
GET NEW LIGHT SWITCH PLATES
White or silver light switch plates can get very dirty with use, especially if you’ve got children who love turning them on and off. They can be really cheap to replace and will instantly freshen up your rooms.
UPDATE YOUR HARDWARE
Get rid of the old-fashioned cabinet knobs or outdated drawer handles and add stylish pieces that enhance your decor.
DOING IT YOURSELF
An interior decorator charges around $50 per hour on a small project, so painting a small room can end up being quite expensive. Save yourself hundreds of dollars by doing it yourself. Take a look at decorating tips and videos online and you’ll master it in no time.