2019 Home Remodeling Creative Ideas That Won’t Cost You a Fortune

Many people have a wrong impression that partaking a home remodeling project is very expensive. This is not true. On the contrary, to remodel your house is quite cheap. What you require to renovate your house is just an innovative plan which contains some creative ideas. Here are ten tips on how to save money on your next home remodeling project;

Instead of Installing New Flooring, Buy New Carpets

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Probably your floor looks dull. Or some areas on your floors have started to wear off. As asserted by Business Today, installing new flooring is expensive. To save money, you should buy carpets instead.

There are many beautiful and decent carpets which you can purchase to remodel your home. Also, you can get cheap and, beautiful rugs from local artisanal stores.

If you already possess carpets, but they look ugly and hideous; you should not dispose of them in lieu of buying new ones. You should take your old carpets to a professional cleaner. When you take them for professional cleaning, they will automatically be revamped. They will be more attractive, and you will have saved your money in the process.

Instead of Purchasing Expensive Security Systems, Buy Affordable Home Security Systems

There is a notion of security systems being costly. On the contrary, this is false. Some security systems, such as Porch security systems; are quite affordable. What’s more – you can customize Porch security systems to fit your budget needs.

There are many things which you should analyze before shopping for a security system. These are the installation methods, costs and, monitoring systems.

If you already have a security system, then you must check it regularly to see whether it is still working well. If not, then you should swap it with a new one. Porch security systems offer several guarantee plans. With their guarantee policies, swapping your damaged security system with a new one is quite easy.

Instead of Adding More Rooms, Increase Your House’s Square Footage

Perhaps you have more children than you had initially planned for. Or maybe a relative is coming over to stay with you for a short period, but you have no additional rooms. Or rather, you want more storage space for your items.

In all these situations, you may think of remodeling your house by adding more rooms. Or in much direr circumstances, you can even think of relocating to a bigger home! These solutions to your inadequate spacing problems are expensive.

The best way of getting more space in your existing house is to increase its square footage. Walls usually take up a lot of space, and some of them are unnecessary.

To increase your house’s square footage, look for a wall that separates two rooms. Then, knock down that wall with the help of a handyman. After you have successfully brought down the wall, you will surely notice an increment in the spacing.

Another cheap way of getting an additional room is to utilize your baseboard. Many people who stay in storied houses fail to realize that they have an extra room at their disposal. Your baseboard can serve either as a storage area or a cozy guests’ lounge.

Instead of Buying Expensive Ceiling, Install Beadboard Ceiling

Replacing your ugly ceiling can seem to be a difficult task. However, with the help of beadboard ceiling, you can revamp your home’s beauty.

Beadboard ceiling is cheap. Beadboard is also readily available and, you can get it from the nearest hardware store. Moreover, it has a straightforward installation process.

To install beadboard ceiling, buy beadboard from a local store. Then, cut the beadboard into an appropriate size; paying regard to your house’s square footage. After cutting the beadboard, you can now fit it in. However, if this process will defeat you; then you can outsource services from a local handyman for a little fee.

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If your homewares are worn out, then you will definitely think of doing away with them and buying new ones. However, a cheaper way to remodel your house is to update your current accessories.

For instance; if your sofa sets are worn out, you can change their upholstery. Or you can polish your dull sculptures. Or maybe you can repaint your ugly shelves and cabinets.

In updating your current homewares, you should pay due regard to the most current interior designs and trends. For example; as illustrated by Country Living, you can repaint your cabinets and shelves with the latest color designs.

Conclusion

In conclusion, you do not need a lot of money to remodel your house. It is also wasteful to spend a lot of cash in a home remodeling project when you have other urgent needs to take care of. With these cheap home remodeling ideas in mind, you can successfully revamp the general outlook of your house.

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How To Survive A Last-Minute House Move: 5 Easy-To-Follow Steps

A house move usually requires at least two months of planning and preparation to ensure that everything is dealt with accordingly. Unfortunately, there are some instances where a quick, last-minute relocation cannot be avoided.

While it may seem more daunting to tackle compared to a thoroughly planned move, you can still succeed in the task without too much stress. The key is to know the different parts of the process and the most efficient way of completing them.

To help you out, here are five easy-to-follow steps you can use as a guide to surviving that last-minute relocation:

Step #1: Choose a Removal Company

Removal companies are experts when it comes to dealing with the logistics of a move. They can handle almost everything — from packing and transporting your belongings to helping with the unpacking at your new residence.

Because their role in the success of the relocation is huge, it is imperative that you hire the best in the business who can accommodate a rushed move. When choosing a removal company in Sydney, Australia or in any other location in the world, you should do a good amount of research and ask the right questions.

Some of the things you must learn are the cost, the type of services you require, and the standard fees so you’ll know if you’re getting the most out of your money.

Step #2: Pack an Essentials Bag

An essentials bag should contain all the necessary items that you may need on your first couple of days in your new place. This way, you won’t have to rush with the unpacking and it will help you to stay organized after your move.

Here are some of the things you need to include in your essentials pack:

  • Chargers
  • Keys
  • First-aid kit complete with all necessary maintenance medications
  • Beddings, such as pillows, blankets, and bed sheets
  • Toiletries
  • A few changes of clothes
  • Paper towels, toilet paper, and other essential paper supplies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Flashlight
  • Meal staples and easy-cook (or no-cook) food
  • Water and other replenishments
  • Kitchen utensils and dishes
  • Coffee or tea
  • Portable tool kit and scissors
  • Identification documents and other important papers
  • Cash and/or credit cards

Step #3: Pack the Rest of Your Belongings

Now that you’re done with your essentials, it is time to proceed to the rest of your belongings. Since you’re short on time, you may need all the help you can get to complete this. This means you should also consider hiring experts to complete the packing faster.

It is also wise to follow these time-saving tips:

  1. Sort them later. If you don’t have enough time to pack, it would be wiser to sort your items during the unpacking. You can skip labeling and segregating items according to a “theme,” but never forgo the “fragile” stickers to avoid the mishandling of your breakables.
  2. Use socks and towels to protect fragile items from damage. Since time is limited, it’s likely that you have no time to shop for bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Instead, you can use soft items like clothing, towels, and even bedding to wrap stemware and other breakable items. Newspapers can work too, but be wary of the ink.
  3. Only set up boxes when you need them. Packing for a last-minute move means you need all the space you have in a room, which is why you should only set up boxes when you’re ready to put things in them.
  4. Don’t remove clothes from their hangers. When packing for a rushed relocation, it would be better to put plastic bags over your clothes while they are still in their hangers. This will also make unpacking them easier later.

Step #4: Hire Professionals for the Cleaning

It is a good idea to have your old home deep cleaned first before you move out. If you were renting, it is likely that this is necessary for you to get your deposit or bond back. You could also leave the cleaning of your new place to the professionals to ensure that it gets done before you arrive.

Step #5: Think About Storage

If you have too many items that you cannot let go of, but you cannot take everything with you on the move, it may be time to consider hiring storage solutions. This way, the stored items will remain in your possession and you can make arrangements later for having them taken out of the storage facility and transported to your new home, if needed.

Talk to your trusted removals company as they may also offer flexible short-term or long-term storage solutions.

Ready, Set, Move!

A last-minute relocation doesn’t need to be daunting. When preparing for a rushed move, it is important that you know the most important things that need to be accomplished to make it work. This way, you can avoid missing important steps and your relocation can be a success.

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Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.

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Getting Real: What’s The Deal With “Curb Appeal”?

Once you get your house hunt on, you’ll undoubtedly start hearing lots of terms getting thrown around. From “pre-approval” to “closing costs”, it can be tough to suss out exactly what all of these things mean, especially if it’s your first time looking for a home.

This time, we’re tackling “curb appeal.” Everyone kinda gets it, but really, uh…what is it? No matter if you’re just starting out or have been on the market for a bit, sometimes a little clarity can go a long way.

What is curb appeal, exactly?

Simply put, it’s a first impression.

Like it or not, the way that a home looks from the street can have a huge impact on our overall opinion of it. Similarly to how you would put your best foot forward on a first date or job interview, homeowners–especially those in the market for a buyer–often put extra effort into making their home’s exterior look good.

In real estate terms, curb appeal can be anything that adds either functional or aesthetic value to a home’s exterior. As the buyer, you’ll want to factor these types of details into your home search. As you look at listings, make sure to keep an eye out for elements of curb appeal and to make a note of how they sway your opinion on the home.

That being said, it’s important to keep a balanced perspective. Sometimes curb appeal is not indicative of what a home will look like once you head inside, so it should never be used as your single determining factor for whether or not it’s worth taking a look at a home.

Key factors to look for

Now that you know what curb appeal is, it’s time to get a little deeper into the different elements that go into creating a home that is aesthetically pleasing from the outside.

Typically, these items can be divided into a couple of different categories. They are:

  • Structural Items: Be sure to take a look at the condition of things like the home’s roof, gutters, and siding. While aesthetics are good to have, functionality is arguably more important. Evaluate if these items look well-maintained or if they will probably require some work to get up to snuff.
  • Landscaping: How does the overall landscaping look? Has the lawn been mowed recently? Are there any trees or bushes that look like they may need pruning? Did the seller put effort into decorative landscaping with flowers and plants? Landscaping upgrades and maintenance can both add up.
  • Functional Elements: If the home has any functional elements like a pathway to the front door or exterior lights, take a moment to evaluate those, as well.
  • The Entryway: The last element of curb appeal is the entryway. Ideally, the front door will look especially inviting. Has the front door been freshly painted? Are the address numbers predominantly displayed?

Again, these elements shouldn’t make or break your decision on whether or not to make an offer on the home. However, as you look at a property, it’s a good idea to take these factors into account since if you do decide to make an offer, they’ll be inputs into deciding what’s a fair offer price.

Consider the costs

At its core, curb appeal is actually a financial matter. One way or another, improved curb appeal does come with a cost.

A home that looks better from the outside will likely fetch a higher sale price than one without any of these small touches. However, if you decide to buy a property without these small touches, you may need to pay for them in the long run.

If you do decide to go with a property that’s a bit more of a fixer-upper, keep in mind that you don’t have to take care of everything all at once.

While some of the projects listed above are smaller, things like roofing and professional landscaping can end up costing thousands of dollars.

We suggest doing your research and budgeting carefully before undertaking any DIY projects.

But, boosting curb appeal also boosts equity. If you do decide to invest in some of these projects and improve the look and function of your home over time, you should see that benefit come back to you when you re-sell it. You’ll also find that you’ll take pride in enjoying your investment throughout the duration of your time in the home.

This article originally appeared on OpenListings.

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