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Simple home upgrades that save homeowners money

26th Jul '18 • By Ellis Garwood

Everyone wants to turn their house into their dream home, but the cost is a huge scare factor for most people. Here are some simple home upgrades that will save you money in the long run and add a fresh look to your home.

Simple Home Upgrades That Save Homeowners Money

Save instant coffee jars


If you are looking for more storage options for around your home, then this is a stylish option. Most Aussie families have instant coffee ready on their kitchen bench just in case they need a quick cuppa. If you buy your coffee in a big glass jar, you’ve got yourself a simple stylish storage option for future use.

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Once you’ve finished your off your coffee, you will need to soak the jar in hot soapy water in order to get the labels off the jar and to lose the coffee smell. Thoroughly dry the jar and ensure all coffee is removed along with the labels. You now have a beautiful glass storage jar for anything and everything from storing homemade granola to dried apricots in your kitchen. It's as simple as that. You are free to decorate the jar with a new label and refill it with your desired kitchen ingredients. This is a perfect little storage option that can be filled with your morning desired goods.

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Install a water filter tap


Save yourself money by ditching plastic water bottles for a water filtration system for your home. You can purchase a filtered water tap that can be installed in your sink at a reasonable price. Contact a professional plumber for a quote to have a water filter tap installed. Filtered water comes with many health benefits including: better taste, elimination of chlorine and bacteria, increased hydration, strengthens the natural immune system, and more. Healthy drinking water is essentially for a healthy functioning body.

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By filtering your water at home, you will be doing your part to help the environment too as this option will reduce the amount of plastic water bottles you are using. This means a reduction in the amount of plastic that is sent to the dump to degrade. Other ways to be more environmentally conscious include living a more sustainable lifestyle and ensuring you are doing the basics of recycling in your home. 

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Fresh paint


Over the years, furniture in your home can become worn and damaged. However, it is still functional and just in need of a spruce up. A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to rejuvenate your belongings and add more value to your home. First impressions count, so keeping the exterior of your home tidy and fresh looking is important. Reviving the colour of your front door and window frames with clean or exotic colours creates visual interest and character to your home. This is an eye-catching way to instantly upgrade your home on a budget. This simple upgrade will save you buying a new front door altogether. Extend the life of your furniture by giving your beloved home items a makeover. 

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Over time, I’m sure your interior walls could use some love with all the accidental marks, scratches and faded areas. Giving the inside of your home a quick makeover with paint can instantly add energy back into your home and uplift the overall atmosphere. Alternatively, if you have outdated dark paint colours throughout your home, it may be worth completely changing your colour scheme to a more neutral colour. There is a neutral colour trend happening that is making spaces appear more modern, minimalist and sophisticated. Adding neutral tones to your home will save you money in the future because it's a versatile colour and leaves you with plenty of interior options.

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The kitchen makeover


Your kitchen is one of the most lived rooms in your home, so it's important to keep your kitchen up-to-date and modern. Having a modern but slick kitchen is a safe option as it means if you consider selling your home in the future, you will have a kitchen that can be tailored to anyone’s personal taste. Your kitchen is a huge selling point, so keeping it up-to-date allows you to be a step ahead of the game and increase the value of your property  Kitchen appliances and furnishings are great added extras to bring more life into your kitchen at a cheap price. Your reused coffee jars will be a great added extra for your kitchen too, so start a collection of these so you can spend less on storage.

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If your kitchen cupboards are in good working condition but are looking tired and outdated, let paint save you a costly renovation. Restoring your kitchen cupboards is a small home project, giving you elegant results at a cheap price. This job only requires an eye for detail, a paint brush, your desired colour, and a glossy finish coat. This little project can be topped off with updating your old cupboard handles with some new ones. Little features like this can be the final part of the project to finish your kitchen off perfectly. Alternatively, if your cupboards do not require paint, you can just update the handles with some new stylish ones. This quick home upgrade is the money-saving alternative to renovating your whole kitchen which could cost you some serious change!

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Op shop wonders


Shop around at your local op shop and you may find some unique wonders that fit with the theme of your home. Use your creative eye and think of new ideas to incorporate new gems into the interior design of your home. This is a perfect way to spice up your home décor without saying goodbye to old furniture. 

A good first purchase would be an old antique coffee table that you can sand and re-paint or stain and glaze, finishing off the project by decorating your new-and-approved coffee table. This creative piece of art can be the focal point of your living room. Not only will you save money with this DIY piece, but your home will also have your personal touch. 

Another great piece of furniture to look out for in your local op shop is a dresser. These can be upcycled into a kitchen island, a bookcase or just a renewed dresser. Turning this bedroom piece into a kitchen island is a great upgrade for your kitchen as this adds storage, more preparation space and extra room to store ingredients. And how fun will it be to tell your guests about your homemade decor piece? 

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Use our simple upgrades guide to save money and increase the value in your home. You spend a lot of your time in your home, so you deserve to love it. 

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About the Author 


Ellis is one of the beloved Content Writers of When Ellis isn't writing articles with ♥ from the Gold Coast of Australia, she is up at the crack of dawn attending the gym followed by a day in the office, finishing her day off with an evening stroll along the beachfront catching the evening sunset. 

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