If you want to increase the appeal of your home, for yourself or a prospective buyer, there are plenty of ways to do it without breaking the bank. Here are our top tips for making the most of your home with minimal cost.

De-Clutter & Clean

Multi-use furniture, like this table and storage unit, are a stylish way to keep your home tidy.

It’s amazing what a ruthless spring clean can do to the look of your home. Collect together everything you don’t want and either bin it, donate it or sell it at a car boot sale or online to make some extra money. Then do a deep clean of the house – every nook and cranny. It’s amazing how much fresher your house will feel.

If you’re tight on space, invest in some multi-purpose furniture and storage pieces. Coffee tables, stools and under bed space are all great ways to store your essentials.

Use small amounts of wallpaper for maximum impact

Wallpaper can be expensive, but by decorating one wall you can breathe new life into a room, as well as reduce the risk of over-doing it. Pick something bright and detailed that goes with the walls you already have.

Any leftover wallpaper can be used to spruce up the backs of shelving units, which will help combine the style of the house throughout different rooms. You can also frame swatches of your wallpaper to maximise the effect of your feature wall, or bring the style to a smaller room, such as the bathroom.

Bright colours can make plainer rooms pop.

Re-style cushions or pillows

You can buy interesting and stylish fabric relatively cheaply from market stalls and haberdashery shops
– you could even use cute tea towels if you wanted. Use these to modernise your old cushions and pillows. If you don’t know how, there are plenty of sewing how-to guides on the internet.

Sand and Repaint Shabby Furniture

Furniture that has seen better days can be brought back to life by sanding and repainting. You could go for a bright colour if your room needs livening up, or use a whitewash effect for a fashionable vintage feel.

A lick of paint can make your house stand out immediately.

Use Radiator Covers

Hide unsightly radiators with wooden radiator covers, which can also double as a display unit for books or CDs.

Re-arrange your furniture

Is your layout making the best use of the space you’ve got? Move around the furniture in the rooms you want to revamp and see if there is a better way to arrange things.

Jazz up your front door

Your front door is the first thing you see when you get home – paint it a bright and welcoming colour, hunt out an interesting knocker online, buy some attractive house numbers or get a nice new doormat.

Use the Stairs

Stripping and repainting your stairs can make them appear fresh again or turn them into a statement feature in your home.

Make sure you use any space under the stairs – turn it into a bookcase, display shelves, shoe racks or coat storage.

Peach and yellow bulbs can make a room look cosy and inviting.
Peach and yellow bulbs can make a room look cosy and inviting.

Get creative with lighting

The lights in your home can have a huge effect on the way you view each room. Use peach or yellow bulbs in your bedroom for a nice soft glow, or create an interesting table lamp by filling a jug with old Christmas or fairy lights.

Having dimmer lights installed also easily allows you to control the mood and atmosphere of your home.

Placing a mirror on the wall opposite a window will reflect and maximise the light in a room.

Replace single ceiling bulbs with a directional lights on a track, to highlight the best features in your room, or floor lights that shine upwards to make your room feel as tall as possible.

Sometimes, a little investment can go a long way in raising the value of your home – both financially, and in terms of the enjoyment you get out of your property. If you feel it’s time for an extension, new kitchen or bathroom or any other larger project but you need extra funds, call Ask Finance . Their friendly, professional advisers will assess your circumstances and find a secured loan for all your home improvement needs.