Maintaining a home

5 affordable ways to update your home 

01 November 2021

Refreshing your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are 5 easy and affordable ways to do it.  

Switch up your lighting

Lighting can completely transform a room, making it feel bright and inviting, warm and cosy, or any other mood you’d like to create! Floor and table lamps can easily add light to a dim area, while updating your lamp shades or fittings can instantly modernise your space. 

Update your handles

Outdated door and cabinetry handles can bring down the overall look and feel of a room. Take the weekend to shop for new handles, and update them throughout your home. Brushed chrome and matte black are classic options, while brass, marble and rose gold are trendier alternatives. 

Swap out your window treatments

Worn out curtains or blinds can make an entire room feel drab. Swap yours out for minimalistic blinds, classy French shutters, or even statement drapes. If you’re on a tight budget, you could even purchase fabric at a local market and try crafting your own curtains.   

Incorporate greenery 

Plants are one of the simplest ways to revitalise your home. Opt for lush tropical plants to turn your home into an oasis, or edgy cacti and succulents for a trendier look. Bespoke nurseries can offer you some great, unique finds, but shopping from wholesalers or online sellers may help you save. 

Revive your deck or front door

Need an impactful transformation without much effort? A bright coat of paint or varnish to your deck or front door can make a world of difference to your kerb appeal. 

Keep an eye on your insurance 

If you’re undertaking a bigger renovation, such as updating your bathroom plumbing or retiling your kitchen, it’s important to consider what you’re covered for. Read through your Product Disclosure Statement or contact your insurer to see if you will be covered while carrying out construction or renovations to your home. 

It’s also important to check if your home and contents policy covers any new fittings and fixtures once your renovation is complete— you may not have to add specific items or fixtures to your policy, but you want to be confident that your sum insured is enough to repair the house in its refreshed condition if you ever need to. 

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