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12 Ways To Update Your Home On A Budget

Are you trying to turn your property into your dream home? If you aren’t careful, it can take a big financial undertaking. It’s good to have a budget in mind to work with.


Hire A Hubby looks at 12 ways to update your home when you are on a tight budget.





Kitchen Updates on a Budget



Even the smallest of updates can transform a space. When it comes to kitchens, there is a plethora of features available for possible updating.


(1) Changing your Kitchen Splashback


If your kitchen looks dull, lift it with a brand-new splashback. Add some visual dynamics by opting for one with a pattern or even a texture. Depending on your budget, you can tile over your existing splashback through a layer of specialised adhesive or opt for a laminated panel, which you can stick directly over your existing tiles to hide all visible joints. If your budget is tight, consider specialised paints available to apply in one coat of paint.


(2) Expose your Kitchen Area


A current trend is to remove a few cabinet doors for easy access and to refresh the kitchen space. Open shelving can transform your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of new shelving or replacement cupboards.


(3) Kitchen Handles


Another hassle-free way to revamp your kitchen is to replace your kitchen cupboard handles with newer ones.


Kitchen handles come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Remember, even these minor changes will completely change the look and feel of your kitchen.


Things to consider when updating your kitchen:


  • Painting or updating cupboard doors
  • Benchtop replacement
  • Updating tapware
  • Changing the splashback
  • Replacing the cupboard handles
  • Replacing or fixing the cupboard hinges
  • Installing new shelves
  • Replacing worn shelves
  • Adding hooks or rails
  • Adding curtains, blinds, windows and shutters
  • Hanging some artwork on the wall




Bathrooms on a budget



If you are on a tight budget and looking to renovate your bathroom, your best starter option is to work with the space and furniture you already have.

You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a new bathroom. You can do it on a tight budget if you spend wisely.


Our Hubbies can help by replacing your bathroom fixtures and fittings. Hire A Hubby can change your tapware, install a towel rail, upgrade your vanity units or change your bathroom tiles.


(4) Painting Bathroom Cabinets


A lick of paint might be all your bathroom cabinets need to give them a fresh look. A good quality self-levelling paint is what you want to try and avoid leaving any brush marks. A contrasting colour is a good way of instantly lifting your cabinets from an otherwise neutral bathroom.


(5) Replacing Bathroom Tapware 


One of the cheapest updates you can do for your bathroom is to replace your tapware. There are endless designs and styles available for a quick makeover.


Black fixtures are on trend right now, as well as copper or bronze fittings.


(6) Re-grouting your Bathroom


When was the last time your bathroom was re-grouted? If you can’t answer that, it might be time to consider getting it done. Re-grouting can be time-consuming, especially when stripping out the old grout and replacing it with new.


If your bathroom grout is white against white tiles, why not change the colour to black for a contrasting effect?


Re-grouting protects your bathroom while removing any signs of mould, discolouration or worn sealant.


Hire A Hubby can do all your grouting and tiling requirements, including laying new tiles, cleaning existing ones and grout and replacing broken or cracked tiles.


You may like to consider the following:


  • Changing your shower-head
  • Replacing tapware
  • Replacing chipped or broken bathroom tiles
  • Paint your bathroom tiles
  • Consider peel-and-stick wallpaper – easy-to-cut tiling without using grout
  • Installing towel rails, or a heated towel rail
  • Changing a shower curtain or replacing it with a hinged glass panel or door
  • Installing or replacing window shutters or blinds
  • Replacing old vanity units, toilet seats or basins
  • Installing a new bathroom mirror or cabinet
  • Replacing bathroom towels with new ones





Living Rooms on a Budget



(7) Panelling Effect


Panelling has come a long way from the walls of historic properties. There are plenty of cost-effective and durable options available that are relatively easy to apply.


There are lots of types available, including board and batten wall panelling, vertical wood panelling, shiplap, tongue-and-groove panelling, raised trim work, and geometric and lattice, to name a few.


Transform your interior home with a range of modern decorative timber panels. From statement pieces to timeless backdrops. Panels can be placed on to prepared plasterboard, timber, steel, brick or masonry walls.


Panelling works well in:


  • Hallways
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Mudrooms
  • Living areas
  • Playrooms


(8) Paint your Trim Areas in Contrasting Colour


An on-trend and inexpensive upgrade for the home is to paint your trim areas in contrasting colours. A popular choice right now is black trim against white. Accentuating the colour makes for a more dramatic and impressive look.


If you are not afraid of colour, why not opt for a bolder trim colour like Cobalt Blue for a more modern look?


If you already have bold wall colours, you can always opt for a reverse with any railings painted in white.


(9) Hang Artwork


Artwork can completely transform an empty wall and create interest in any room. Arranging artwork can be stressful. You must hang artwork consistently and be careful when balancing space and colour.


If you are hanging new artwork, you may want to consider any patterns and colours from the existing room. You may like to find artwork that compliments any current features.


A safe option is to hang pictures at eye level. You should position the artwork roughly 57 inches from the floor (depending on your height and the space from the ceiling to the floor level).


Save yourself headaches and time by professionally having Hire A Hubby hang your artwork through our Hanging and Mounting services.





Bedroom on a Budget



(10) Add Colour to your Walls


Is your bedroom looking tired and dull? Draw inspiration from any colours or patterns you find around the home. Consider creating a statement wall behind your bed.


Our Hubbies understand the importance of wall preparation and can help with the paint and clean up afterwards. Avoid mess and any spills by giving Hire A Hubby a call.


(11) Add shelving


Shelving is a cost-effective solution to help with all your storage issues. It serves for displaying photos, ornaments, books and more.


If you lack the handyman skills to ensure the shelves are level, get in touch with Hire A Hubby. Our Hubbies can help you with carpentry projects such as entertainment units and cabinets to flatpack furniture.


(12) Curtains


Curtains help regulate the amount of sunlight that glares into a room and can reduce heat loss by around 40%. They also provide privacy and create a restful environment which helps improve sleep quality.


Curtains come in many designs and colours, so finding one which suits your room will never be an issue.




Home Update Key Considerations 



If you are considering any of these changes and upgrades, it is worthwhile to:


  • Decide what your budget is
  • Have a timeframe in mind for the work to be completed
  • Decide whether you are capable of doing some of the work yourself
  • List the work that requires a qualified tradesman or a handyman


Hire A Hubby is always here to help (you can Book a Quote by calling 1800 803 339 or by clicking on the Book A Quote button on our homepage).


* Not all Hubbies offer all of the above services. Please liaise with your local Hire A Hubby franchisee when booking a job. 


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