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Updating Bathrooms on a Budget

No matter how tight your budget (or the restrictions on decorating), there’s a way to give your bathroom a new lease of life.

Our tips include low-cost refreshes you can make in just a couple of hours, plus tactics to keep the cost down even if you need to make bigger changes.

If you want to get an idea of the cost of a new bathroom, our page on planning and buying a bathroom suite reveals the average cost for different-sized rooms. 

Clean and regrout

A build-up of grime, limescale and mould can quickly make any bathroom look tired, so your first step in any budget bathroom makeover should be to give everything a thorough clean. You can buy specialist products from supermarkets and DIY stores to shift tough dirt.

If that doesn’t do the trick, try an anti-mould grout-reviving pen on any stubborn patches. They come in a variety of colours to match what you already have, or – if you’re very patient and have a steady hand – to allow you to change the colour of your grouting.

‘My bath and surrounding tiling was in good condition. It just needed thoroughly cleaning and descaling.’

Alternatively, if you have a lot of tiling, you could bite the bullet and redo the grouting. If you go down this route, look for a product that will help prevent staining and mould growth in the future.

Upgrade your bathroom tiles

If regrouting or painting tiles isn’t practical, replacing them could give your bathroom a much-needed style boost. To get good value, make sure you use them wisely.

‘Tiling the entire bathroom is expensive,’ says Terry Ward from Ward Brothers Bathrooms Ltd, a bathroom fitting firm endorsed by Which? Trusted Traders. ‘Can you get away with only tiling around the bath, shower

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Budget POLL: Is Boris Johnson right with new pledge to make buying a home easier? VOTE | UK | News

During a rousing speech to the Conservative Party’s online conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to ”fix our broken housing market” and help young people onto the housing ladder. Mr Johnson said his Tory government would reduce deposit sizes to 5 percent for home buyers as part of a drive to increase the rates of home ownership, especially among the under-40s.

Express.co.uk is asking you is Boris Johnson right to make buying a home easier with this pledge?

The Prime Minister also vowed to “transform the sclerotic planning system” and make it “faster and easier to build beautiful new homes without destroying the green belt or desecrating our countryside”.

Mr Johnson said: “These reforms will take time and they are not enough on their own.

“We need now to take forward one of the key proposals of our manifesto of 2019: giving young, first-time buyers the chance to take out a long-term, fixed-rate mortgage of up to 95 percent of the value of the home – vastly reducing the size of the deposit.

“And giving the chance of home ownership, and all the joy and the pride that goes with it, to millions who currently feel excluded.

“We believe that this policy could create two million more owner-occupiers, the biggest expansion of home ownership since the 1980s.

READ MORE: Coronavirus map LIVE: COVID deaths in England and Wales spike to 215

The Prime Minister promised a revolution in green power generation, reforms to the social care system and improvements in education as he addressed the online Conservative Party conference.

But in the face of Tory unease about the state interventions imposed by the Government to stem the threat of coronavirus, Mr Johnson insisted they were the only steps he could take.

Mr Johnson said: “This Government has been forced by

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3 Tips to Decorate Your Kitchen on a Budget

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Los Angeles, CA ( TS Newswire ) — 30 Sep 2020

Over time, you may get tired of the same, old look of your kitchen. You should know that decorating your kitchen doesn’t need a lot of spending. With a modest budget, these 3 simple ideas will freshen up your kitchen space in a heartbeat.

Why Should You Decorate Your Kitchen?

There are several advantages to decorating your kitchen, namely:

  • Kitchen decoration projects take less time and effort than renovation projects.
  • A newly decorated kitchen is a cheaper way to give your home a fresh look.
  • Decorated kitchens inspire and invigorate the home cook, which means more delicious meals.

3 Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen on a Budget

If you want to keep expenses at a minimum, consider these 3 budget-friendly ways to decorate your kitchen:

Use Ceiling Tiles

If you’re tired of looking up at that old, boring ceiling, then try redesigning your ceiling with ceiling tiles. This budget-friendly home decor solution comes in a variety of styles and patterns, such as modern and vintage designs, plain or patterned finishes. Some ceiling tiles, such as the styrofoam tiles, can also be painted to the colour of your choice, so you can customize the look of your kitchen even further. You can also consider using a 3D wall panel to further elevate the kitchen design.

Apply Finishing on Your Cabinets

Applying stain and finish to your cabinets will give your kitchen a fresh look. Cabinet finishes accent the natural look of wood and also protect your cabinet materials.

You can also go with cabinet stains.They bring out the intrinsic beauty of your wood. If you want a lighter look

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Clever bathroom transformation hacks for homeowners on a budget

Giving a dated bathroom a much-needed makeover can be expensive.

From swanky new tiles, toilets and tubs to the additional cost of plumbing an installation, a brand new bathroom could set you back thousands of pounds.

But if you’re a homeowner on a budget who wants to give the room a new lease of life without breaking the bank, there are several cheaper options available.

People across across the world are using social media platforms to share their DIY makeover tips and tricks.

When it comes to the bathroom, there’s no shortage of ideas to help you get the look you desire for less.

Some people have achieved dramatic transformations without splashing the cash with items including stick on tiles and bathtub paint.

Others have re-purposed furniture made for other rooms in the house and built their own room accessories from scratch.

Here’s a round up of some of the best budget-friendly tips and ticks the internet has to offer.

Paint your bath

TikTok user @blonderebel decided to repaint her off-yellow bathtub white for a cleaner, more modern look.

In her video she uses a paint brush to apply Rust-Oleum Specialty Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit, revealing the finished look after two coats.

If you’re brave enough to have a go at repainting your bath yourself, you can find bathtub refinishing kits on online retailers for approximately £20 to £40.

Consider stick on tiles

If you’re looking for a quick fix for dated tiles – whether it be for the wall or the floor – consider stick-ons.

Stick on tiles are available in a variety of colours, patterns and textures for around £5 to £40 per pack.

In a short clip, TikTok user @kfoulkes revealed how she used stick-on tiles to transform her bathroom.

She said: “When I moved into

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How to Set a Budget for Remodeling Your Home

Remodeling your home is a natural process, much like buying a house. The day for remodeling will come and if you feel that this time is now, you will need to make a budget. But if you make your budget the wrong way, you will end up overspending or going in loops.

How much will the Remodeling Cost?

You already know which sections of your house you want to remodel, or else you wouldn't be here. Now to get the ball rolling, you will need to figure out exactly how much your remodeling dreams will cost. If you do not have a clear idea on what you want, take it easy, look through some remodeling magazines and maybe even meet some remodeling designers and contractors to get a better idea. Do not restrict yourself to prices yet. Just get all the information on what is out there. Once you know the specific projects you want, then find out how much it will cost. This you can estimate from project quotations found in remodeling magazines or just go back to the contractors to get an idea.

How much can you spend?

The next step is to look into your bank account and check how much bank balance you are willing to spend on remodeling your home. While sizing up how much money you have for remodeling, you need to cross-check with the remodeling cost of the projects that you have selected. This is straight forward. However, if you are planning to borrow money or take a loan out, there are a few things you must be aware of.

Except for a personal loan, there are two types of loan options available to you for remodeling your house. The home equity loan and the cash-out refinance. Home equity loan is when you …

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