5 Home Improvement Tips & Ideas

With children back to school and autumn setting in, September/October is the perfect time of year to dust the shelves, sit down and think of some great ways to improve your home. Home improvements can be brilliant for comfort and style and adding value to your home. At The Lough Credit Union, we know about home improvement struggles and we know that many of our members are always on the hunt for inspiration. Because we love you all so much, we decided to give you some tips.

5 Home Improvement Tips:

 

1. Get Inspired

Often, we get inspired when we’re looking around our home. We see something and think, “Ooh, it would be so nice if I changed this, put this there, redesigned that”, etc. Sometimes we get so caught up in our ideas that we run to the shops, buy DIY bits or call a contractor and get the work done straight away. This is great time-wise, but does it always have the best result? We recommend looking on Pinterest, Instagram, or in your friends’/families’ homes for inspiration before you invest. This can spark your imagination for even better home improvements – and can often save you cash too! Looking around online can help find tricks and tips to improve your home on a budget and achieve even better results.

 

2. Invest in The Right Tools/Contractor

We know from personal experience how easy it is to get the equipment for your new presses, shelves, cabinets, etc. and then skimp on buying the right tools, or choosing a contractor just because they’re a little cheaper than who you really wanted. These seem like intelligent ways to save a penny, particularly when doing an expensive home improvement project. Honestly, this can end up costing you even more in the long-run! Cheap tools/work often result in a finished product that just isn’t as perfect as it could be. From experience on the tools front – sometimes your hard work and efforts can even fall apart sooner than you had imagined! Take a step back, invest in the right things and you won’t be sorry.

 

3. Take a Home Improvement Loan

Using the right tools/contractor can be expensive, but is worth it because you are adding value to your home. Of course, you firstly need to have the money to spend to do this at all! As home improvement projects do not pay for themselves, you can come to The Lough Credit Union and ask us about taking a home improvement loan. With fantastic interest rates of 9.9%, over 95% of loans approved and flexible repayment plans, we will make sure to take care of you and offer you the best service so that you can have the best home for you.

 

4. Have a Plan

Boring… we know! You should sit down, have a look at your options, plan what you are going to do, your materials, your contractor and your time-line. We have seen SO MANY unfinished home improvement projects. You surely have too right? This is the worst scenario. Having unfinished projects defeats the work you have done, often looks worse than before and does not add value to your home. Logistics may not be the most exciting aspect of home improvements, but they are key.

 

5. Have FUN!

Once you have the right design, plan and home improvement loan there is nothing to do but have fun! Home improvements can be such a fun process and whether you’re living alone, in a family or with friends it can be a real release of creativity and a bonding experience. Home improvements are a great way to stay off the internet and look away from the television and who doesn’t take pride in making their home an even better place to live?

We hope that the above tips and tricks for improving your home helps and if you have any financial queries or want to inquire about taking out a home improvement loan then do not hesitate to pop into The Lough Credit Union, email us @ staff@loughcu.ie or call us on 021 496 3344 – remember, We Love Our Locals!

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