Valentine’s day just passed us by, but the romance lingers in the air. February is the month of love and it’s always worth going out of your way to make your loved ones feel special. This year, why not add your home to your list of ‘lovelies’ and make it feel special with some quick and straightforward renovations?

Depending on the changes you decide to make, a pocket-friendly renovation can make your house look livelier, improve your comfort and even increase its value. Here are some suggestions to upgrade your living space on a budget.


1. Redecorate

When in doubt, choose change. Having spent so much time indoors in the past couple of years, it’s not surprising if you have grown a little tired of your home décor. If you are looking for a change, there are simple things you can do to revitalize your space. 

You can treat your house with some new drapes to instantly lift your spirits. If you want to be trendy, remember that shades of purple, pink and other pastels will rule the interiors this season.

Another simple idea is to replace your floor rug with something trendy and colourful to transform the look of your room. However, make sure you get the size right. A floor rug should typically be placed in the centre of the room and reach up to the front legs of your furniture to connect all the pieces together. 


2. Plan a DIY kitchen makeover

A kitchen makeover is generally a top choice to add value to a house. While a new kitchen is a significant investment, you can make small changes to your kitchen, like adding a pop of colour, to make it a livelier and happier place. 

One of the most straightforward options you have is refreshing your splashback or kitchen island in a lively colour. However, make sure to choose the right shade of colour that appeals to you and future buyers by comparing swatches in both natural and artificial light before making the final decision. 

If you want to go further, you may consider painting your cabinetry, too. Use a single colour for base cabinets and perhaps a complementary shade for wall cabinets for an aesthetic look. 


3. Buy some plants

Forget about the long-stemmed roses this February. Instead, bring home some vibrant indoor plants to enhance your aesthetic. Plants are also known to be mood-boosting, which is an added benefit of introducing them to your living space. While flowering plants are great for your front lawn, they don’t generally live well indoors. Instead, choose plants with different leaf shapes and colours for interest.4


4. Create a backyard patio

A backyard patio can add immense value to your home’s exterior design and provide you with a space to entertain guests. You can hire an expert to create a backyard patio in your house or even take the DIY route if you select a simple design. Just go online, and you’ll find an incredible amount of inspiration and even ready-to-go DIY kits to build your patio. 


5. Clean the exteriors

Giving your home exterior a new lick of paint is definitely the best way to spruce it up. But if you don’t have the time or money for a paint job, there are other methods to consider, such as deep cleaning the façade with pressure washing that will cost you approximately $350 depending on the area you wish to clean.

Most of the ideas listed in the post are quick to implement and easy on the pocket. However, should you wish to undertake an extensive renovation, it’s worth checking with a professional regarding how much it’s going to cost you. If you are renovating to build equity by increasing the value of your house, a professional can even help you identify the changes you need to make. Once you have an idea of the costs involved, you can speak with a mortgage broker to understand how you can use your home equity for renovation.


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