Even if you are on a tight budget, it is still possible to keep your home nice. There are many ways to keep the cost of maintaining and updating your home to a minimum.
Looking after your home will help you in many ways. If you are on a tight budget, you will no doubt spend most of your leisure time at home, so it is nice to have a good environment in which to do so.
Naturally, you want your family to be comfortable. If they are, you will feel far happier. In addition, maintaining and keeping your home decor and furnishing up to date and in good condition can only add value to your home.
Here are some ways you can manage to carry out home improvements even when money is tight:
Do it yourself
The biggest cost of most projects is labour, so the more you can do yourself the cheaper your home improvements will be.
If you do not have the skills to do the project yourself look for someone who does and is willing to do it for you in exchange for your doing something for them. You probably know friends and family who would be very happy with this arrangement.
Borrow tools or buy them second hand
Most home improvement projects can be done with basic tools, which you probably already own. If you are missing any tools, you can either borrow the ones you need or buy them second hand.
Do not forget to return any tools you borrow promptly and in good condition. You are likely to want to borrow more in the future, so it is not only the polite thing to do it will also help you when you need more tools.
If you have any second hand tools you are unlikely to need in the future consider selling them on again. That way you will not have cash tied up in tools that you are never likely to use again.
Shop around for materials and services
Whatever the project is, be it big or small, you need to keep the cost of materials as low as possible. For this reason we recommend that you shop around for your building materials. This is relatively easy to do using the websites of DIY stores and you can do it in the evenings while watching TV, so the fact that it takes time to do it need not be a big issue.
Before you start pricing up your materials it is wise to put together a spreadsheet and list each item and the quantity needed down the left hand column. Across the top, add each store. Fill in the cost of each item for each store.