20 March 2019


With warmer spring weather finally in reach, what better time to get out there and do some necessary maintenance on your property that could potentially save you some money on a larger job later on!

Here are a few of Discount Insurance’s top tips for upholding your property this spring. 

1. Clear out the garden 

Most people abandon the upkeep of their garden during the winter months, and who would blame them? 

There’s a snowball’s chance in hell that you’d rather be outside in the cold up keeping the maintenance of your garden over cuddling up indoors in the warmth with a hot chocolate. 

An overgrown garden isn’t a pretty sight, but this is how most gardens end up after winter. 

Weeds are rife at this time of the year. Make sure to remove any weeds in patios and driveways as these can cause cracks that in turn can lead to drainage problems.  Use a concrete filler to help seal it off. 

It’s a good idea to check on any trees or branches that are at risk of falling to prevent damage to properties and electrical lines. 

Be sure to feed your soil with a good quality fertilizer, remove any leaves and debris and add a fresh lick of paint to the shed or fences if you feel like they have weathered during the winter.  


2. Review the gutters 

The role of the guttering is to stop damage to your property from overflowing rainwater. In order to do its job properly, the gutters need to be cleaned ideally twice a year.  

Remove any leaves or debris blocking the gutters. You can either do this yourself if you feel comfortable to save money or hire a professional to do it for you. 

Be sure to replace any lose or leaky gutters to help prevent costly damage to your property. 


3. Inspect the roof 

This task is very important as it can prevent any problems from escalating further and saves you a  huge repairs bill! 

A common problem for roofs is tiles being blown away or out of place in the wind. This will need attention swiftly as it may cause water penetration to the felt underneath the tiles.  Be sure to replace any tiles. 

If you have a flat roof you will need to examine for damp patching or sagging. 

Also, check for any unwanted visitors like rodents and birds. Call pest control in order to prevent any further damage to your property. 



At Discount Insurance we offer specialist Home Insurance to protect your home and its contents at an affordable price you'll love. 

To find out more visit discountinsurance.co.uk/home or to get a quick quote call us on 0800 294 4522


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

With warmer spring weather finally in reach, what better time to get out there and do some necessary maintenance on your property that could potentially save you some money on a larger job later on!

Here are a few of Discount Insurance’s top tips for upholding your property this spring. 

1. Clear out the garden 

Most people abandon the upkeep of their garden during the winter months, and who would blame them? 

There’s a snowball’s chance in hell that you’d rather be outside in the cold up keeping the maintenance of your garden over cuddling up indoors in the warmth with a hot chocolate. 

An overgrown garden isn’t a pretty sight, but this is how most gardens end up after winter. 

Weeds are rife at this time of the year. Make sure to remove any weeds in patios and driveways as these can cause cracks that in turn can lead to drainage problems.  Use a concrete filler to help seal it off. 

It’s a good idea to check on any trees or branches that are at risk of falling to prevent damage to properties and electrical lines. 

Be sure to feed your soil with a good quality fertilizer, remove any leaves and debris and add a fresh lick of paint to the shed or fences if you feel like they have weathered during the winter.  


2. Review the gutters 

The role of the guttering is to stop damage to your property from overflowing rainwater. In order to do its job properly, the gutters need to be cleaned ideally twice a year.  

Remove any leaves or debris blocking the gutters. You can either do this yourself if you feel comfortable to save money or hire a professional to do it for you. 

Be sure to replace any lose or leaky gutters to help prevent costly damage to your property. 


3. Inspect the roof 

This task is very important as it can prevent any problems from escalating further and saves you a  huge repairs bill! 

A common problem for roofs is tiles being blown away or out of place in the wind. This will need attention swiftly as it may cause water penetration to the felt underneath the tiles.  Be sure to replace any tiles. 

If you have a flat roof you will need to examine for damp patching or sagging. 

Also, check for any unwanted visitors like rodents and birds. Call pest control in order to prevent any further damage to your property. 



At Discount Insurance we offer specialist Home Insurance to protect your home and its contents at an affordable price you'll love. 

To find out more visit discountinsurance.co.uk/home or to get a quick quote call us on 0800 294 4522


13 February 2019



Trends can be described as a fashion, something that is constantly changing year on year. This is the same with home décor. 2019’s trends seem to allow us to have more fun, add more colours and personality. Here are a few tips so that you can keep your home on trend this year!



Coral



(Oxnews.co)
Every year Pantone, the colour institute, predicts what they believe will be on trend colour of the year.  Last year it was Ultra Violet, this year it is Living coral:  a lovely warm peach shade with earthy undertones.

The natural and earthy undertones make it a colour that is easily paired with a variety of colour palettes

Living Coral is very different from the neutral colour trends over the past few years.  The perfect way to incorporate this pop of colour into your home without overdoing it would be through accents, whether that be a feature wall, accessories or small pieces of furniture.


Mix and Match 


(Decoraid.com)


Last year it was all about matching furniture sets giving off a showroom vibe. 

This year it’s more fun. It is about having the freedom to mix and match furniture, especially in the living room, allowing for creativity to blossom. 

Mix and matching allows you to incorporate different textures and colours into the room adding more life and personality. This year is the time to experiment and allow your living room to be a reflection of your personal style. 


Floral Print


(Bravotv.com)


2019 is the year where we show a  modern and abstract interpretation of the traditional floral print. 

This trend can be added into your home through floral wallpaper but also floral printed furniture and fabric for a more subtle look. 

If you are worried about overdoing it using accents is a great way to add floral print into your room in a more muted way. Whether this is using floral print cushions on a neutral sofa or a floral print wall. Having 90% white with 10% colour in a room is also another trend for 2019. 


Discount Insurance can provide you with great value Home Insurance call 0800 294 4522 for a quote today!



Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Trends can be described as a fashion, something that is constantly changing year on year. This is the same with home décor. 2019’s trends seem to allow us to have more fun, add more colours and personality. Here are a few tips so that you can keep your home on trend this year!



Coral



(Oxnews.co)
Every year Pantone, the colour institute, predicts what they believe will be on trend colour of the year.  Last year it was Ultra Violet, this year it is Living coral:  a lovely warm peach shade with earthy undertones.

The natural and earthy undertones make it a colour that is easily paired with a variety of colour palettes

Living Coral is very different from the neutral colour trends over the past few years.  The perfect way to incorporate this pop of colour into your home without overdoing it would be through accents, whether that be a feature wall, accessories or small pieces of furniture.


Mix and Match 


(Decoraid.com)


Last year it was all about matching furniture sets giving off a showroom vibe. 

This year it’s more fun. It is about having the freedom to mix and match furniture, especially in the living room, allowing for creativity to blossom. 

Mix and matching allows you to incorporate different textures and colours into the room adding more life and personality. This year is the time to experiment and allow your living room to be a reflection of your personal style. 


Floral Print


(Bravotv.com)


2019 is the year where we show a  modern and abstract interpretation of the traditional floral print. 

This trend can be added into your home through floral wallpaper but also floral printed furniture and fabric for a more subtle look. 

If you are worried about overdoing it using accents is a great way to add floral print into your room in a more muted way. Whether this is using floral print cushions on a neutral sofa or a floral print wall. Having 90% white with 10% colour in a room is also another trend for 2019. 


Discount Insurance can provide you with great value Home Insurance call 0800 294 4522 for a quote today!



30 January 2019



With forecasters predicting heavy snowfall over the coming weeks, it is now more important than ever to get our four- legged friends ready. We have a few tips to keep your furry friends safe on those winter walkies.

 Keep your dog warm 

Invest in a suitable winter jacket, especially if your dog is short-haired, a smaller breed or old as they will need more help in preserving their body heat.

Go for one that is waterproof but is also high-vis, to ensure that your dog can been seen on those dark wintry evening walks. 


Protect their paws 

Dog's paws can be protected using dog winter boots. They can help keep paws dry and less cold, although some dogs are not to fond of this idea. 

After a walk make sure to wipe down their feet, legs and stomach area with a towel. This is especially important as grit and antifreeze can cause irritation. 

Antifreeze is poisonous to pets if swallowed and can be fatal. 


Choose the right leash 

Go for a lead that allows you  to have more control.  Avoid retractable ones as they provide less control.

Be sure to check your dog’s leads, harnesses and collars regularly to ensure that they are safe to use.  Wet conditions causes metal on these items to rust.

Dogs can get overwhelmed by snow so it is best to keep them on the lead when it is snowing heavily.


ID tag

It is very important to make sure your dog is wearing a collar with an ID tag attached detailing your latest contact details.  Update these details on the micro-chipping database too so that if your dog does get lost they can easily be retuned home.


Pet owners, protect your little friends with our Pets Insurance! Call 0800 294 4522 to get a quick quote today!
Wednesday, January 30, 2019


With forecasters predicting heavy snowfall over the coming weeks, it is now more important than ever to get our four- legged friends ready. We have a few tips to keep your furry friends safe on those winter walkies.

 Keep your dog warm 

Invest in a suitable winter jacket, especially if your dog is short-haired, a smaller breed or old as they will need more help in preserving their body heat.

Go for one that is waterproof but is also high-vis, to ensure that your dog can been seen on those dark wintry evening walks. 


Protect their paws 

Dog's paws can be protected using dog winter boots. They can help keep paws dry and less cold, although some dogs are not to fond of this idea. 

After a walk make sure to wipe down their feet, legs and stomach area with a towel. This is especially important as grit and antifreeze can cause irritation. 

Antifreeze is poisonous to pets if swallowed and can be fatal. 


Choose the right leash 

Go for a lead that allows you  to have more control.  Avoid retractable ones as they provide less control.

Be sure to check your dog’s leads, harnesses and collars regularly to ensure that they are safe to use.  Wet conditions causes metal on these items to rust.

Dogs can get overwhelmed by snow so it is best to keep them on the lead when it is snowing heavily.


ID tag

It is very important to make sure your dog is wearing a collar with an ID tag attached detailing your latest contact details.  Update these details on the micro-chipping database too so that if your dog does get lost they can easily be retuned home.


Pet owners, protect your little friends with our Pets Insurance! Call 0800 294 4522 to get a quick quote today!

14 March 2018



February may have been the month of love, but to put it bluntly, it has not been kind. Between the "Beast from the East" and Storm Emma, there is only so much one can take of icy winds, heavy snow, ugly snow boots, and virtually mummifying ourselves before stepping out of our homes. But now that spring is round the corner, it is safe to seriously consider kicking that cabin fever. And beat winter’s doom and gloom with the jewel-like brightness of Crocuses, Daffodils, Tulips and Bluebells poking their happy heads in your garden.  Rewards come to those who toil. So first, step outside and figure out just how you are going to give your garden that much needed TLC. So for your first weekend project, ensure your garden is ready to make the most of the warm weather ahead. We’ve put together a simple to-do list for you, so that you can get your garden looking beautiful, quickly and competently.

First things first: Clean up!

You spring clean your home, and your garden deserves the same respect. Inspect your garden for inevitable, winter inflicted wear and tear. And then, in a manner very much Mary Poppins-esque, go about tidying up the debris, pulling out stubborn weeds, raking those sludgy leaves and adjusting your climbers and tree ties. Next, check for raised beds, bowing sides and broken or rotting fences in need of mending and get these fixed. Afterwards, simply check them off your list.

Say no to pests: Exterminate!

You didn’t just go through all that trouble to get your garden shipshape only for rogue slugs, snails and other pests to industriously snack on young spring leaves or their poor roots. Hotfoot it to your local home improvement depot and take your pick from the seemingly endless aisles of commercial pesticides. But if all things natural are more your thing, then there are plenty of natural remedies for the taking. You can use copper rings around plant stems, organic copper soap sprays, and compost tea made by steeping aged compost in water. All of these work just as well, and will keep your spring bulbs happy and safe.

Work that soil: Cultivate and Till!

Spring plants love well-aerated and nutrient-packed soil that allows them to grow and thrive. The elements dry soil and turn it crusty, so cultivating helps break it up and aids penetration of air, nutrients and water where plant roots can gain access to them. Moreover, cultivating the soil will also facilitate the sprouting of your newly germinated seeds through the soil surface. When you cultivate, do take care to leave plant roots undisturbed, and ensure the soil is only loosened a couple of inches deep so that the surface does not dry out sooner.
Tilling on the other hand is a form of deep cultivation. It comes in especially handy when you find your soil is desperately depleted of its nutrient content, or even if you want to create a new garden bed which requires a different soil quality. Quite simply, tilling merely involves giving your plot some love, by adding materials in order to augment or modify its physical characteristics.

Make a Plan: Design!

And now we come to the best bit. Planning your dream spring garden. You can begin by consulting your zone to learn which flowers and vegetables are best suited for your location. Another smart way to a gorgeous garden is to get useful advice and recommendations from experts at your local nursery. These green thumbed angels are always happy to help, and would love to give you their two cents, which in hindsight, you’ll find is worth a lot more than that.  
Another useful tip is to mix perennial flowers with some annuals, so that you can enjoy beautiful spring colors, and scents, throughout the season. Afterwards, simply maintain your garden by regularly pruning it to separate dead flowers and appendages from the healthy stem. Late spring is also a good time to put down a useful layer of mulch on the garden, to restrain weeds, while conserving water for those long hot summer days ahead.

And now there is nothing more for you to do other than put the kettle on or pop some prosecco (depending on your poison of choice). You garden is beautiful. And it’s all down to you! 

At Discount Insurance, our Home Insurance policies also provide cover for contents in your garden, including plants in pots or containers.  Give us a call on 0800 294 4522 for a quick quote today! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


February may have been the month of love, but to put it bluntly, it has not been kind. Between the "Beast from the East" and Storm Emma, there is only so much one can take of icy winds, heavy snow, ugly snow boots, and virtually mummifying ourselves before stepping out of our homes. But now that spring is round the corner, it is safe to seriously consider kicking that cabin fever. And beat winter’s doom and gloom with the jewel-like brightness of Crocuses, Daffodils, Tulips and Bluebells poking their happy heads in your garden.  Rewards come to those who toil. So first, step outside and figure out just how you are going to give your garden that much needed TLC. So for your first weekend project, ensure your garden is ready to make the most of the warm weather ahead. We’ve put together a simple to-do list for you, so that you can get your garden looking beautiful, quickly and competently.

First things first: Clean up!

You spring clean your home, and your garden deserves the same respect. Inspect your garden for inevitable, winter inflicted wear and tear. And then, in a manner very much Mary Poppins-esque, go about tidying up the debris, pulling out stubborn weeds, raking those sludgy leaves and adjusting your climbers and tree ties. Next, check for raised beds, bowing sides and broken or rotting fences in need of mending and get these fixed. Afterwards, simply check them off your list.

Say no to pests: Exterminate!

You didn’t just go through all that trouble to get your garden shipshape only for rogue slugs, snails and other pests to industriously snack on young spring leaves or their poor roots. Hotfoot it to your local home improvement depot and take your pick from the seemingly endless aisles of commercial pesticides. But if all things natural are more your thing, then there are plenty of natural remedies for the taking. You can use copper rings around plant stems, organic copper soap sprays, and compost tea made by steeping aged compost in water. All of these work just as well, and will keep your spring bulbs happy and safe.

Work that soil: Cultivate and Till!

Spring plants love well-aerated and nutrient-packed soil that allows them to grow and thrive. The elements dry soil and turn it crusty, so cultivating helps break it up and aids penetration of air, nutrients and water where plant roots can gain access to them. Moreover, cultivating the soil will also facilitate the sprouting of your newly germinated seeds through the soil surface. When you cultivate, do take care to leave plant roots undisturbed, and ensure the soil is only loosened a couple of inches deep so that the surface does not dry out sooner.
Tilling on the other hand is a form of deep cultivation. It comes in especially handy when you find your soil is desperately depleted of its nutrient content, or even if you want to create a new garden bed which requires a different soil quality. Quite simply, tilling merely involves giving your plot some love, by adding materials in order to augment or modify its physical characteristics.

Make a Plan: Design!

And now we come to the best bit. Planning your dream spring garden. You can begin by consulting your zone to learn which flowers and vegetables are best suited for your location. Another smart way to a gorgeous garden is to get useful advice and recommendations from experts at your local nursery. These green thumbed angels are always happy to help, and would love to give you their two cents, which in hindsight, you’ll find is worth a lot more than that.  
Another useful tip is to mix perennial flowers with some annuals, so that you can enjoy beautiful spring colors, and scents, throughout the season. Afterwards, simply maintain your garden by regularly pruning it to separate dead flowers and appendages from the healthy stem. Late spring is also a good time to put down a useful layer of mulch on the garden, to restrain weeds, while conserving water for those long hot summer days ahead.

And now there is nothing more for you to do other than put the kettle on or pop some prosecco (depending on your poison of choice). You garden is beautiful. And it’s all down to you! 

At Discount Insurance, our Home Insurance policies also provide cover for contents in your garden, including plants in pots or containers.  Give us a call on 0800 294 4522 for a quick quote today! 

07 February 2018


When searching for accommodation, tenant’s first points of contact with properties are always the pictures. Most online marketplaces highlight your pictures above all else, search results with unattractive photos are scrolled past, so it is important that your pictures effectively hook guests into clicking on your listing.

But sometimes getting professional photos just isn’t possible. For those doing their own pictures, here’s how to get those perfect pictures:

  • Clean up everything

Your pictures are meant to invite and entice guests to stay at your listing but clutter and disorganization will do the opposite. By presenting a spotless and well-organized space, you show potential guests that they will not have to worry about a thing if they stay with you, and that the space will be ready and livable for them.








  • Finish Decoration & Maintenance work

Unfinished paint-jobs, stained walls and ripped up floorboards are a big no-no. Pictures of a property with work being done will scare tenants off as they will worry the work won’t be done in time for their move-in date.

  • Use light to your advantage

When photographing your space, make sure you get as much light in the space as possible. Well-lit spaces seem bigger and are more inviting and open, thus encouraging guests to book your property. Make sure to open the blinds, turn on the lights, and photograph in the sunny daytime hours to get as much light as possible.








  • Preparing and Staging

The aim isn’t to capture your property as it is, it’s to represent the home it can become for a tenant. Before you take a photo:
-          Tidy and declutter. It sounds obvious, but it’s essential and should happen first.
-          Touch up and repair. If you have tidying problems you’ve been putting off, get them finished. People will notice.
-          Nothing emphasises cleanliness more than a shiny surface.
-          Add props. Fresh flowers, a dining table laid out for a dinner party or wine glasses and a nice bottle on the terrace all help to convey a lifestyle.
-          Clear the area. It might be tempting to feature a person (or a pet) for perspective. Don’t, you want tenants to see themselves, not a stranger, in the property.

  •  Cater to your target customer

Know who is best suited for your space and feature the parts of your listing that are most important to them. For example, if your property is ideal for businesspeople, show your workplace or printer. If you target families, show that the space is safe and include pictures of games and children’s books that you have there.

  • Keep it honest

No matter what, the most important thing to do is remain honest. Hosting successfully is all about managing your guests’ expectations, so if they see things in the pictures that are not actually there, then they will definitely be disappointed. Instead, make sure to present your space honestly and meet (or even surpass) your guests expectations.









  • Highlight the cool stuff

While you definitely want to cover the basics (bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms), make sure to showcase the aspects of your property that give it personality. Unique artwork or special features should definitely be shown off, and can help you present your property as a fun and interesting place to stay.

  • Use a good quality camera

Phone cameras are now very advanced, but if you can get your hands on a good camera, then do. The more pixels a camera has, the larger the photos it can take without becoming pixelated. Larger photos make rooms seem larger, so are worth getting if you can!









  • The lead photo is the most important

The lead photo is one that will display on the search page before a tenant even decides to click on your property. It has to be the best picture you have in order to entice them to click through and read more.
You should choose either a picture of the most attractive interior room of the property because without a great lead picture, tenants won’t bother to click through to your advert, resulting in fewer inquiries.

  • What to snap

Now it’s time to think about those details that will attract your market. These could include:
-          Storage areas. Families and busy professionals value large or well-placed storage.
-          Period features. If your property has a beautiful fireplace or original plasterwork, show it off.
-          Gardens, balconies and terraces are living space too, don’t neglect them.
-          Nearby amenities. A park or attractive street can add lifestyle appeal and should form part of your listing.
     

Discount Insurance provides savvy landlords with competitive insurance to help make their properties rentable. Give us a call on 0800 294 4522 for a quick quote today! 

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

When searching for accommodation, tenant’s first points of contact with properties are always the pictures. Most online marketplaces highlight your pictures above all else, search results with unattractive photos are scrolled past, so it is important that your pictures effectively hook guests into clicking on your listing.

But sometimes getting professional photos just isn’t possible. For those doing their own pictures, here’s how to get those perfect pictures:

  • Clean up everything

Your pictures are meant to invite and entice guests to stay at your listing but clutter and disorganization will do the opposite. By presenting a spotless and well-organized space, you show potential guests that they will not have to worry about a thing if they stay with you, and that the space will be ready and livable for them.








  • Finish Decoration & Maintenance work

Unfinished paint-jobs, stained walls and ripped up floorboards are a big no-no. Pictures of a property with work being done will scare tenants off as they will worry the work won’t be done in time for their move-in date.

  • Use light to your advantage

When photographing your space, make sure you get as much light in the space as possible. Well-lit spaces seem bigger and are more inviting and open, thus encouraging guests to book your property. Make sure to open the blinds, turn on the lights, and photograph in the sunny daytime hours to get as much light as possible.








  • Preparing and Staging

The aim isn’t to capture your property as it is, it’s to represent the home it can become for a tenant. Before you take a photo:
-          Tidy and declutter. It sounds obvious, but it’s essential and should happen first.
-          Touch up and repair. If you have tidying problems you’ve been putting off, get them finished. People will notice.
-          Nothing emphasises cleanliness more than a shiny surface.
-          Add props. Fresh flowers, a dining table laid out for a dinner party or wine glasses and a nice bottle on the terrace all help to convey a lifestyle.
-          Clear the area. It might be tempting to feature a person (or a pet) for perspective. Don’t, you want tenants to see themselves, not a stranger, in the property.

  •  Cater to your target customer

Know who is best suited for your space and feature the parts of your listing that are most important to them. For example, if your property is ideal for businesspeople, show your workplace or printer. If you target families, show that the space is safe and include pictures of games and children’s books that you have there.

  • Keep it honest

No matter what, the most important thing to do is remain honest. Hosting successfully is all about managing your guests’ expectations, so if they see things in the pictures that are not actually there, then they will definitely be disappointed. Instead, make sure to present your space honestly and meet (or even surpass) your guests expectations.









  • Highlight the cool stuff

While you definitely want to cover the basics (bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms), make sure to showcase the aspects of your property that give it personality. Unique artwork or special features should definitely be shown off, and can help you present your property as a fun and interesting place to stay.

  • Use a good quality camera

Phone cameras are now very advanced, but if you can get your hands on a good camera, then do. The more pixels a camera has, the larger the photos it can take without becoming pixelated. Larger photos make rooms seem larger, so are worth getting if you can!









  • The lead photo is the most important

The lead photo is one that will display on the search page before a tenant even decides to click on your property. It has to be the best picture you have in order to entice them to click through and read more.
You should choose either a picture of the most attractive interior room of the property because without a great lead picture, tenants won’t bother to click through to your advert, resulting in fewer inquiries.

  • What to snap

Now it’s time to think about those details that will attract your market. These could include:
-          Storage areas. Families and busy professionals value large or well-placed storage.
-          Period features. If your property has a beautiful fireplace or original plasterwork, show it off.
-          Gardens, balconies and terraces are living space too, don’t neglect them.
-          Nearby amenities. A park or attractive street can add lifestyle appeal and should form part of your listing.
     

Discount Insurance provides savvy landlords with competitive insurance to help make their properties rentable. Give us a call on 0800 294 4522 for a quick quote today! 

17 January 2018

If your New Year’s Resolutions includes finally decorating your home, but you don’t want to leave a dent in your wallet, there are many ways you can improve the look of your home without spending thousands of pounds! We have compiled our favourite ways to improve your home on a budget in 2018.

The Kitchen

A fresh kitchen can completely change the look of your property; however the cost of installing a new kitchen might put you off the idea.

It doesn’t need to be expensive however, simply paint your cabinets to give them a fresh look! Add to that new cabinet handles and you have a new kitchen. You can get two litres of kitchen cupboard and cabinet paint in B&Q for just £37. There are companies that make modern handles which will even fit IKEA cabinets, but you can easily get these in any home store.

If you are also not a fan of your tiles, you can give those a coat of paint like this one to match your brand new cabinets! 

If you have a bit more money, we do suggest investing in a new worktop. Something simple like laminate is generally the cheapest but can easily transform your kitchen. 


The Living Room

The living room space is probably one of the most important in your home, to improve it on a budget consider painting it or creating a feature wall.

If you are short on space why not install alcove shelving? You can make a stylish display using these, or turn it into a mini library. Depending on the type of shelves you go for these can look very stylish.

If you have a wooden floor, invest in a pretty rug to make the space feel more homely and snug. If you already have a carpet, how about curtains? Changing your lights or purchasing a floor or side lamp is also a way of making the room more cosy.

Consider restoring your old sofas rather than purchasing them new as most fabric sofas can be upholstered.


Bathroom

When wanting to give your bathroom a breath of fresh air you don’t have to be limited to painting the walls and purchasing a new mirror and a laundry basket.

You can purchase a bath resurfacing kit for just £69.50 that lets you give your bath a new lease of life and is available in 48 colours. When painting the bath, also consider painting the sink. Consider 
changing the faucets at the same time to make the bathroom look more modern.

Again, using paint you can change the look of your tiles and floor.


Bedroom
An easy way to refresh your bedroom can be as simple as adding a mirror or a picture, purchasing a rug or a new duvet set and some pillows!

You can replace old drawer handles and pulls with more decorative ones. If you have a simple bed, you can upgrade it by mounting a headboard onto the wall.

Dressing up your windows with curtains or purchasing a plant can also do wonders for the space.


Discount Insurance can help you cover your home with great value insurance. Call 0800 294 4522 to get a quote today!
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
If your New Year’s Resolutions includes finally decorating your home, but you don’t want to leave a dent in your wallet, there are many ways you can improve the look of your home without spending thousands of pounds! We have compiled our favourite ways to improve your home on a budget in 2018.

The Kitchen

A fresh kitchen can completely change the look of your property; however the cost of installing a new kitchen might put you off the idea.

It doesn’t need to be expensive however, simply paint your cabinets to give them a fresh look! Add to that new cabinet handles and you have a new kitchen. You can get two litres of kitchen cupboard and cabinet paint in B&Q for just £37. There are companies that make modern handles which will even fit IKEA cabinets, but you can easily get these in any home store.

If you are also not a fan of your tiles, you can give those a coat of paint like this one to match your brand new cabinets! 

If you have a bit more money, we do suggest investing in a new worktop. Something simple like laminate is generally the cheapest but can easily transform your kitchen. 


The Living Room

The living room space is probably one of the most important in your home, to improve it on a budget consider painting it or creating a feature wall.

If you are short on space why not install alcove shelving? You can make a stylish display using these, or turn it into a mini library. Depending on the type of shelves you go for these can look very stylish.

If you have a wooden floor, invest in a pretty rug to make the space feel more homely and snug. If you already have a carpet, how about curtains? Changing your lights or purchasing a floor or side lamp is also a way of making the room more cosy.

Consider restoring your old sofas rather than purchasing them new as most fabric sofas can be upholstered.


Bathroom

When wanting to give your bathroom a breath of fresh air you don’t have to be limited to painting the walls and purchasing a new mirror and a laundry basket.

You can purchase a bath resurfacing kit for just £69.50 that lets you give your bath a new lease of life and is available in 48 colours. When painting the bath, also consider painting the sink. Consider 
changing the faucets at the same time to make the bathroom look more modern.

Again, using paint you can change the look of your tiles and floor.


Bedroom
An easy way to refresh your bedroom can be as simple as adding a mirror or a picture, purchasing a rug or a new duvet set and some pillows!

You can replace old drawer handles and pulls with more decorative ones. If you have a simple bed, you can upgrade it by mounting a headboard onto the wall.

Dressing up your windows with curtains or purchasing a plant can also do wonders for the space.


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