Clever DIY: 5 home improvement hacks on a shoestring

This week we bring you some quick and cost-effective tips to freshen up your property. Whether you’re about to buy, sell or need to spruce up your rental, a few simple tricks can add appeal.  

– Replace worn doormats. Approximate cost: £5, Making a good first impression: priceless! 

– Mould remover spray and grout pens give tired bathrooms an immediate uplift. Also replace any worn or broken plugs to instantly brighten a bath or sink area. 

– Wallpaper one wall – creating a feature wall is quicker and less expensive than doing a whole room. It’s a good way of modernising an outdated space by choosing a bold, on-trend print. 

– Small lounge? A clever designer tip is to add a lamp in front of a mirror to help the room seem brighter and larger. Alternatively position a mirror to face a window, creating the illusion of more space. 

– Kitchens – the heart of the home and can be a real deal breaker. Painting cabinets and replacing worktops, taps or handles is a low-cost approach to upgrade a kitchen in need of TLC. (The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors suggests a nice kitchen can add up to 4% to a property’s value.) 

Tweet us @ShapeProp with your favourite ‘shoestring’ tips and your ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics using #shapediy. We’ll be sure to share our favourites! 

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