One of the things I like best about moving into a new house is getting to fix it up and make it my own. I like being able to hang pictures that mean something to me and to arrange everything “just so.” Our current place was a foreclosure, and although it was a fixer-upper, its potential was just bursting at the seams. I’ve loved being able to make the vision in my head a reality within the space.
Every home, whether it’s new, a foreclosure, or if you’ve lived there for 15 years can use a little updating from time to time. You don’t have to forgo little changes in the interest of money if you know how to stick within a budget.
Click through for 7 ways to update your home décor without emptying your wallet…
Update Your Home Without Busting Your Budget 1 of 8
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Look for Last Season’s Steals 2 of 8
Just because trendsetters did something last year doesn't mean you can't add it to your home this year. See what's on last season clearance with a deep discount.
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Get Energy-Efficient 3 of 8
If you need an update on major appliances, check the tax codes for which ones qualify for tax deductions and are certified as ENERGY-STAR. You can deduct a portion of what you spent on appliances up to certain limit based on the tax year.
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Find a Swap Friend 4 of 8
If you have some friends open to something new, suggest a swap. You can essentially shop in each other's homes and trade items you no longer want or use. From old furniture to holiday decorations, you can de-clutter your home while adding something new at no cost.
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Repurpose Your Stuff 5 of 8
Before putting any money into new items, check out what you already have. Look in storage for things you no longer use and find a way to make it look like new. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to worn out furniture and other dÃ©cor.
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Add Color 6 of 8
You can really change up the look of a room with a pop of color, so shop at the discount stores for bright, colorful pillows, rugs, and curtains.
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Sell and Reinvest 7 of 8
If your budget is too tight to afford anything different for your home, take a weekend and clean out the non-essentials. Sell what you have in a garage sale, through a consignment shop, or through an online portal. Any money you make in profit should be put into savings and earmarked for upgrades to your home.
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Negotiate Off the Floor 8 of 8
For large-ticket items, head to the section of the store where damaged merchandise is placed. You can often get a deep discount on merchandise that has a scratch or a dent. Also be sure to negotiate a reasonable price on items being used as floor models.
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