Décor & Gardening
SMART COST-EFFICIENT WAYS TO GIVE YOUR HOME A SUMMER SPRUCE UP
The first step is to think about a budget. Know that this is about spending smart and not about spending big. It’s about sometimes buying second-hand goods online in the knowledge that you’ll save a small fortune and none of your guests will be any the wiser. In fact, you don’t have to spend money at all if you sell your old stuff first online to raise the funds for the replacements. And, for some, this might just be about de-cluttering your space and making a profit in the process.
The second step is to be bold with the old – if you think it’s tired then it probably is, and, if there’s something you’ve barely used all year, then it’s likely to remain a waste of space in the future. Be decisive with your ‘get rid of’ list.
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Sofas & chairs. The easiest win is to do a sofa swap. Sell the grimy cream favourite and go with something brighter and comfier. If possible, check out the purchase in person as photos can be deceptive. If you’re buying a big item like a sofa then remember to factor in any delivery costs that might be incurred.
Pot plants. Inside and out, some bold pot plants can really switch things up. They’re available new or second-hand on Gumtree all over the country and, provided they’re in good condition, used pots will settle immediately into the look of your garden while brand new ones might stick out.
Kitchen clear out. Many kitchens have too many gadgets. If your old appliances are working well, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much you can get for your unwanted items, and then you can use the cash to buy that one signature item you’ve long desired.
Garden Furniture. Summer is about outdoor entertaining and there are some wonderful new products which are durable, stylish and comfortable. Sell the old stuff online first and then upgrade with one of the 2,441 options on Gumtree.
Colour your world. A lick of paint works wonders. Gumtree has 3,174 painters listed across the country who will do a professional, clean job in transforming one room or an entire house.