10 Ways to Renovate your First House on a Budget – First Time Buyers

As a First Time buyer, you might have a tight budget when it comes renovating your new home. Putting your own stamp on your first home is one of the best parts of owning a home and contrary to popular belief you don’t have to break the bank in the process. Although some renovations can come with a hefty price tag, with some out of the box thinking and a little bit of DIY, you can totally transform the look of your home for a fraction of the price.

The internet is filled with so many great budget renovation ideas, so we’ve picked some of our favourites for you!

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Painting the Walls

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You may think it goes without saying, but painting your walls is one of the easiest ways to give your property a total new look. So if the current colour scheme isn’t to your liking, giving the walls a lick of paint will instantly leave your home feeling refreshed at a small cost! When choosing a colour, White is timeless and will make your rooms feel spacious. However, it’s your home now, so why not add some personality with a pop of colour or accent wall.

Spruce up Your Kitchen   


As a First Time Buyer you might think it will cost thousands to remodel your kitchen. However, if you feel like your kitchen is tired and needs updating, then redesigning the current space is the perfect solution. Painting the units, a bold or neutral colour is the ultimate way to renovate, improve and rejuvenate the look of your space on a budget. Add some new cupboard handles and taps to really complete the look.

Improve the Exterior


First impressions count! The exterior is just as important as the interior. Renovating the exterior on a budget can be simple, cheap and effective. Putting potted plants at the entrance of your home can make your porch appealing and inviting – not to mention they are affordable! Whilst you’re outside, why not give your front door a lick of paint, this can really change the external look of your home.

Add a Feature Wall


Adding a feature wall has become increasingly popular. It’s a great way to add a statement to you’re a room. Try adding pallet shelving, unique wall art or a splash of colour; to create a new and fresh feel to your home.



When buying furniture for your first home it doesn’t have to be new. Facebook marketplace and local groups are a fantastic way to find stylish furniture at a budget price. Whether it be: sofas, coffee tables, kitchen tables- you name it, you’ll find it. So, take your time to look through these pages and you’re bound to find perfect furniture for the right price. Even if it’s not quite what you’re after, try see the potential in old furnishing, could it be spruced up with a lick of paint and some TLC?

Needing some ideas on how to fix up that furniture? Take a look at our 3 Ways to Improve Your Home on a Budget.



Improving lighting is always a good way to renovate your home. Although lighting is something, we use daily without giving it much thought, there are some fantastic ways to make it a feature in your home. Adding spotlights, garden lights or floor lights have become a popular trend as it gives a stylish modern feel for little to nothing.



Was the outdated bathroom a compromise on your new home? Not to worry, there are many cost effective ways to revitalise your bathroom, which are simple to do! Start by choosing three complimenting colours to bring into your bathroom. Once you have chosen the colour scheme, assemble fittings, paint the walls, buy fresh towels and new mirrors, and put it together to create a modern looking bathroom.

Add Colour to Your Ceilings


Drawing attention to the ceiling, can trick the eye into believing the room is larger than it is. You can do this by painting the ceilings the same colour as your walls. Don’t be afraid to go a little darker with the ceiling as it’s just a myth that it makes the room feel small, as long as the room has good natural light it will look great!

Spare Room Renovation


Have you always dreamt of having a walk-in wardrobe? By transforming the spare room this will not only create more room in your own bedroom, but also it creates a luxury feature in your home. Building a walk-in wardrobe on a budget is more than doable, you can build the structure from scratch, buy the cupboards at inexpensive shops or once again look on social selling sites.

Revive your Back Garden


If you have a garden in your new home, consider sprucing it up sooner rather than later, to get it in the perfect shape for summer. If you have tired looking decking, painting over it is a cost-effective way to get your garden looking in order. Add some plants and some outside furniture and you have your very own Casa Amor!

Renovating doesn’t always have to be an expensive affair, so if you’re a First Time Buyer looking for some inspiration, give one of these budget renovation tips a go, to totally transform your home.

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