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Move? No, Improve!

Thinking of relocating? First check our ideas for straightforward renovations and easy revamps

According to home insurance provider homeprotect.co.uk, 49% of us are unhappy with our home, while 62% are delaying renovation projects. So is the solution packing up and shipping out? It could be. But, and we’re sure we’re not alone here, the endless chasing of solicitors, infinite form filling and frustration of being caught up in a never-ending vortex, sorry, chain, fills us with dread. Which is why we’ve collated a generous helping of ideas and expert advice for improving your existing property. Think of it as marriage counselling for your home, as we help you fall back in love with the house you have, while saving time, effort and a whole lot of cash. In fact, it could even increase your home’s value for when you eventually do move.

Double up

If you’re not able to conjure up an extra room (or more to the point, the budget for one) then think about how you can make your existing space work harder. Multitasking furniture is your saving grace, so ditch the double bed from the spare room and swap it for a stylish sofa bed. You might then have room for a desk and book shelf so the area can double as a home office.

Folding chair, £10, Habitat

Be prepared for extra overnight guests with this compact corner sofa bed, £999, M&S

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The long awaited arrival of the summer sun means this month we’re focusing on extending our living space outdoors. If you don’t have acres to play with, fear not, as we’ve mustered plenty of simple and cost-effective ways for gardening in a small space on page 72. If the idea of stepping into the fresh air appeals, while making a quid or two at the same time, Abbi gives us the low down on trading your wares in her boot sale boot camp. For those after some real home inspo on a shoestring, you’re in luck! Erin Hayhow showcases her own art for a truly creative space (p.14), Cathy Locke proves once and for all that kitsch really is cool (p.50), Laura Goble makes a heavenly find by fixing up a church pew (p.38), and Sooz Gordon demonstrates that dark walls are gorgeous, not gloomy (p.26) – navy is the new magnolia, FYI. Feel like your home is beyond salvation? Close down the Rightmove app until you’ve read our six-page special on low cost revamps and straightforward renovations over on page 60. You may just learn to fall back in love with your home. After all that, you’ll probably be feeling a little peckish, which is why we have a fiesta of Mediterranean recipes for you (p.88), plus mid-week dinners for rumbling tummies who just can’t wait (p86). Enjoy, HomeStylers!