As millennials, we’re not known for having a ton of money. During times of recession and high inflation, things like once-affordable tend to be totally out of reach. So when you secure a rented or purchased home, it deserves some extra celebration! Making your home your own is essential; it should feel like your happy place. If you’re short on cash when moving in, here’s how to spruce it up on a budget.
#1) Finding Unique Pieces Without Breaking the Bank
Not everything you buy needs to be brand new. Thrift and second-hand shops allow you to find incredible hidden gems much better than mainstream shops. Maybe you don’t want everything in your home to be mass-produced and prefer things with a bit of history. From furniture to home decor, it’s always worth checking out what local charities or second-hand shops offer because it might be exactly what you were after!
#2) DIY Decor
Get creative with DIY projects to add a personal touch to your space. Simple crafts and upcycling old furniture save money and give you a sense of accomplishment- you know that no one else has the same piece as you do! You can perfectly match and tailor it to what you want and the other items in your room. If you don’t feel you’re up to the task, try some easy DIY ideas that even beginners can handle. Your DIY creations add a personal touch and cost much less than buying new ones.
#3) Work With What You Have
Instead of feeling like you need to go out and fill up numerous trolleys in Ikea, work with what you already have. If you have an existing sofa, adding throw cushions can make it work if what’s there isn’t to your taste. Use any decor you have to dot around; it doesn’t all have to be purchased brand new. Even just playing around with the layout to make the most of the space and being clever with storage can make a massive difference to your overall living areas.
#4) Budget-Friendly Tech Upgrades
The number of cool home tech gadgets these days is impressive and much more affordable than you might think. Check out budget-friendly smart home devices like LED lighting and innovative gadgets that will improve the look of your space without costing a lot. Bringing technology in adds both convenience and style. From voice-activated assistants like Alexa to energy-efficient lighting to save you money, these tech-savvy additions create a modern living space that works precisely how you want it to.
#5) Know When to Get Help
It’s good to know the limits of your skills and when to call in the professionals for home improvements. While this is more expensive initially, it often saves money in the long run for certain things since their expertise will avoid costly mistakes, and they can secure materials at discounted rates. They have access to tools from room planners to BuildOps, which can mean the tasks you pay them to do are done more efficiently, so weigh up the pros and cons.
For more straightforward jobs, you might be able to get away with DIYing. But for anything out of your comfort zone or bigger jobs that need specific tools and expertise (from tiling to woodwork to anything involving electrics or gas), call in the professionals to save yourself money overall.
How have you made your home unique to you without spending a fortune?