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Top 5 Websites for Home Inspiration

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If during lockdown, you’ve been fed up of staring at the same four walls then perhaps it’s time for a change. If you are stuck at home, why not make some changes around the house and freshen up your home? You can easily make it a more appealing place to stay – whilst we cannot go anywhere else!

We’ve listed a few websites below which will give you some top tips and inspiration if a home makeover is on the cards.

Rightmove

Rightmove.co.uk may be best known as a property search website but it can also be useful to provide home inspiration if you are looking to renovate, or simply redecorate your current property.

By searching for similar properties in your area, you can see what other owners have done to their homes and what may work for your property.   You may be able to find similar homes with conservatories, extensions or loft conversions.  You may find that other owners have used different layouts in rooms that work better for the space.  It’s akin to spying on your neighbours without having to leave the comfort of your armchair!

And of course, even if you weren’t actively looking to move home, you may find that dream property that encourages you to do so!

Pinterest

Pinterest.com isn’t just for homes – you can pretty much find inspiration for anything and everything but it can work really well for interior design.  Pinterest allows you to create boards – similar to a real-life mood board – so you could create one for each room, saving all your home inspiration ideas in one place.  It’s a great way to plan your theme or colour scheme.  You can also assign co-contributors to your boards so other members of the family can add their own ideas. 

Instagram

We all want our homes to be instagram-worthy right?  Instagram.com is full of beautiful home inspiration ideas however it’s not quite as easy to navigate as Pinterest.  You’ll first need to get your head around the hashtags as they are used to search for images.  You can search for specifics if you know what you’re looking for, but if you just want to browse for ideas then try hashtags such as #homerenovation #interiordesign #diyonabudget 

Houzz

Whatever you are planning to do with your home whether it’s a quick lick of paint, a total remodel or even an overhaul of your outdoor space, you’ll find inspiration and top tips on houzz.co.uk.  All content is really well organised so you can search based on room or project.  You can even shop for furniture or find a contractor for any work you require.

The Budget Decorator

As the name suggests, thebudgetdecorator.com is a blog to help you to do up your home without breaking the bank.  Home renovations can be expensive but there are ways around it, by undertaking DIY projects.  Even just knowing some basic skills could save you some cash.   This blog has lots of guides that will give you step by step instructions on completing your project. It also includes lots of tips for upcycling and crafting your own items. 

If you are looking to undertake more major home renovations then cost will need to be factored into this.  In order to finance your home project you may wish to consider remortgaging. This could release some of the equity in your property. If this isn’t an option you may want to take out a secured loan.

So Smart Money are experts in home finance – why not speak to one of our specialists to discuss your options. 

The above post does not constitute advice – financial, legal or otherwise. The information within this article is the author’s own opinion and do not necessarily reflect the views of SO Media or So Smart Money.

THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE SECURING OTHER DEBTS AGAINST YOUR HOME. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.

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