How to Set Up a New Home When You’re on a Tight Budget?

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So, you are moving to a new house or apartment? Congratulations! While this is definitely a joyous occasion, it comes with a lot of responsibilities that include investing your time and money. After the purchase, the moving service and other things, you’re probably getting low on funds. Don’t panic, while there is no way to avoid spending on appliances, furnishing, lighting and other things required to set up a new home, there are some things you can do to spend less without making compromises when it comes to the stylishness and functionality of your home. Here are some tips that will help you succeed.

Make a list of things you already have

It is highly unlikely that you are moving to a new place completely empty-handed. Of course, some of your old things belong on a junkyard and some don’t fit into the style of the new house, so they are eligible for sale. However, there must be some things that you can use in your new home. Those can be appliances that are relatively new and still functioning well or a piece of furniture that requires some freshening up in the form of re-upholstering or painting.

Make a list of your must-haves

Sure, a dishwasher is a nice addition, but can you live without it for some time, just until you settle down in your new home? An oven, on the other hand, is a must-have. You definitely need a sofa and a comfortable bed. A stylish ottoman and an expensive piece of art can wait.

Ask for help

Don’t head straight to the shop when you find out some things are missing. Ask your friends, cousins, and family if they have some extra things collecting dust in their attic. You’d be surprised how many people store brand new stuff out of sight because they change their décor style or for some other reason.

Shop at a flea market

Flea markets can provide you with some excellent finds, especially if you are a fan of antique furniture and accessories. Even if some of those items are not in top-notch shape, you can repaint or repurpose them and still save a lot of money.

Ask the experts

People often think they are saving money by doing everything on their own. However, this usually leads to bigger costs and even damage, especially when it comes to delicate areas such as electricity. In Australia, for example, it is well-known that hiring a professional Sydney electrician to check the wiring and install the lighting is always a better idea than tackling these things on your own.

Think about future savings

Some projects don’t end up saving as much money as you initially thought. This is especially the case with lighting. By investing in CFLs or LED lamps right away, you will lower your energy bills in the future.

Sometimes DIY is the best you can do

While the enthusiastic “I can do it” approach may not be desirable when it comes to electricity, plumbing, and similar projects, it can be priceless for decorating your home. Here are a few areas where you can showcase your skills and creativity:

  • Make your own artwork: Decoration on a wall is what separates a stylish home from a dull one. Art pieces are often too expensive for the average consumer, but you can hang your own photographs (everything looks better in black and white), Polaroid photos, framed pressed leaves, etc.
  • Sew your throw pillows: even if you are not very skillful in sewing, making a couple of throw pillows is as simple as it gets, and it elevates the room to a whole new level.
  • Make your own decorations: table décor doesn’t have to be lavish and expensive. Something as simple as filling up a mason jar of coffee beans and lavender can look fabulous.

Counting pennies is not something you want to do when decorating your new home, but it is often a necessity. These tips will help you set up your home without overspending.

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