How Social Media Can Help You Transform Your House
If you’re looking to revamp your home or embark on a DIY project, social media just might hold the key to doing it well and keeping it affordable. Here are the five social media essentials to keep in mind if you want to transform your house without breaking the bank.
- Benefit from blogs – There is a wealth of knowledge out there just waiting to be discovered. It’s all free and best of all much of it doesn’t just cover what to do – it also covers what not to do. Tried and tested top tips from ordinary people who have had a go at decorating and DIY and helpfully decided to document their progress. A quick look via search engines will reveal a host of useful blogs on craft, DIY and decorating on a budget. A couple of hours set aside to do your research (with a cup of tea and biscuits of course) will pay off when you set to work.
- Social shopping – Wardrobes and beds are some of the most expensive items of furniture you’ll invest in. Not only are they items with a clear practical use but they will also have a big impact on the look and feel of a room. You’ll find second hand wardrobes and bed frames online. You can pick up some good quality items and at a fraction of the price, for example these new and pre-loved bunk beds at ebay.co.uk. Once you’ve got hold of a key piece of furniture like a bed, with very little cost you can revamp it to suit you.
- Make time for Twitter – You don’t actually need to be on Twitter yourself to be able to read what other people have written. And the great and unique thing about Twitter is that it gives you access to a host of experts that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to benefit from. TV presenter Kirsty Allsop (@KirstieMAllsopp) tweets regularly with tips on craft and home style on a budget. Sabrina Soto (@sabrinasoto) tweets with interior design advice. DIY network (@diynetwork) share know-how on renovations and all sorts of home projects.
- Recycle for free – If you haven’t come across Freecycle yet then I suggest you check this grassroots movement out. Freecycle groups operate locally and are all about being resourceful. They connect people who have things they want to get rid of with others who can make use of them. The aim is to keep useful stuff out of landfill for environmental and economic reasons.
- Watch and learn – Visit Pintrest to create a mood board to inspire your home improvements. But, once inspired, opt for YouTube for a step-by-step guide on how to successfully complete the task you’re tackling. Short video clips show you exactly what to do and what NOT to do! Don’t expect high quality videos – they are home movies probably shot using a smartphone. Video is a great way to get real understanding of how to do something – much clearer than a written ‘how to’ guide.
Ella Mason, an experienced freelance writer, wrote this article. Ella specialises in providing useful and engaging advice to small businesses. Follow her on Twitter @ellatmason