Home improvement hacks for first-time buyers

Moving into a new house may take a while to get used to. You may feel you are missing that personal touch, or something isn’t quite right.

This is where home improvement hacks come into play. Follow these simple (and cheap) tips to make your new house the home you’ve always dreamed of.

First time buyers are often on a strict budget due to the majority of their savings having been spent on buying the house itself, but that shouldn’t stop you from making these little improvements.

Lick of paint

Arguably the best way to effectively improve your house without any major construction is through the simple art of decorating.

Paint is relatively inexpensive and it’s a great way to spruce up a tired old house. For best results, stick to a neutral colour of white or cream. White paint is so versatile and facilitates for changing interior design and trends easily.

A good trick for a statement wall is to buy a small tester pot in a bright colour and mix it with the left over white paint, creating your very own shade. Nothing wrong with being bold.

It is also a great idea to ask big stores if they have any leftover custom paints which they cannot put out on the shop floor but can sell at discounted price –  not all shops do this but it’s worth an ask!

Making more room

With the increasing motive to ‘do it yourself’, you can now easily turn one large bedroom into two at a minimal cost.

This is perfect for couples wanting to extend their family, or simply those of you who want an added room for your very own office or even an en suite.

The best way to have a more permanent room divider is to build a stud partition wall. This is where you build a timber frame in the middle of the large room which is secured to the ceiling and walls and then covered in plasterboard.

Once decorated it will look just like any other room in your house.

If you are not so handy yourself, builders can do all the hard work for you at a reasonable cost that won’t break the bank.


A tiny aspect of your house which can make a huge difference once revamped is doors and cupboard doors. A prominent feature in any home, yet one that is often neglected.

You can upgrade doors and cupboards in several ways, one of them being a good paint or varnish.

Topping up the paint on a door in your house can give a more modern look. Depending on the style of your house, choosing a coloured paint can add that extra touch that you’re missing.

If you want to play it safe, white is always an option.

If you have timber doors, a good sanding and a varnish can work wonders and give your home a real understated, natural feel.


Another great DIY hack turns old furniture into new modern statement pieces, perfect for any home and dirt cheap!

Local charity shops are always full of old furniture in need of some TLC, which is perfect for new home owners on a budget.

You can transform an old coffee table into a plush ottoman for your living room using a layer of sponge, batting and finished with a beautiful fabric of your choice – it’s that easy.

Upcycling is taking over interior design and it is much easier to work with the space that you already have to create something wonderful and something that you can officially call home.

First time buyer? VMH can help you through the whole process. Talk to us today by clicking here