Woman transforms 'outdated' house with DIY hacks and adds £30,000 to the value

You don’t need to call in the professionals to give your house an entirely new look.

Just take note from Rima Aktar, 29, from Liverpool, who managed to completely transform her three-bedroom home using thrifty DIY hacks.

Not only did her renovation work turn the property from ‘outdated’ and ‘damp’ to dreamy, but it also added an estimated £30,000 to the home’s value.

When Rima and her husband bought their house for £125,000 back in May 2020, it was ‘very outdated’ with blue walls and damp carpets throughout – but the couple could see potential.

They didn’t see the property as their ‘forever home’, so weren’t keen to do a major overhaul or chuck too much money at the problems.

Instead, they opted for budget-friendly hacks they could do without roping in professionals.

The couple started by painting the walls with more neutral tones, tearing up the carpet, and adding panelling – which they learned to do through tutorials on Instagram.

‘My main goal was to add storage as my home didn’t have a lot of it,’ said Rima, who works as an equality and diversity lead.

‘We made a DIY pantry area in the kitchen and added fitted wardrobes in our bedroom which perfectly fit into the alcoves.

‘I also wanted to add panelling in almost every room, however we wanted to do this ourselves to save cost and be under budget.

‘We learnt how to do it from Instagram tutorials and it’s honestly one of the most proudest achievements we have done with the house.’

Other DIY techniques included making shaker-style cabinets for the kitchen, using MDF wood that cost just £70.

In the bathroom, they jazzed up the shower screen by painting the frame black using a £3 tester pot, then sticking vinyl tape (£7 from eBay) on to the glass.

Furnishing-wise, Facebook Marketplace was the pair’s best friend.

Cost breakdown:

  • Fitted wardrobes: £2,000
  • MDF wood for kitchen cabinets: £70
  • Vinyl tape for DIY shower screen: £7
  • Black tester paint pot for DIY shower screen: £3
  • Paint, second-hand furniture, pantry shelves and wood: £920

Total: £3,000

The work happened at the weekends, with each room in the house taking just a few weeks to complete.

Rima said: ‘The most difficult part was the painting – we have high ceilings and we found it to be draining at times, but it was worth it.

‘We live in a fairly old house so wall cracks appeared which were difficult, but we have accepted that some of it adds to the character.’

In total, the couple have spent £3,000 on the renovations – including the cost of the fitted wardrobes.

Next on their list is giving the hallway and two spare bedrooms makeovers.

But already, the home’s value has upped by £30,000 – and Rima reckons that number will be even higher once they’re all done.

‘I have come to the conclusion that I will always have some decorating to do,’ she added.

‘But my husband has been my partner in DIY and I wouldn’t have been able to execute half of the ideas or plans without him – he truly is a gem.’

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