When it comes to home improvement, it can be all too easy to spend a lot of money without making a huge impact, check out our Top 5 Home Improvements For Under £1000. The difficulty is knowing where and when to invest, so it’s worth looking around your home to identify and prioritise areas that require improvement. There are loads of ways to transform your home without breaking the bank, and we’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Home Improvement Projects that can be achieved for under £1000 to get you started. Let me introduce ourselves, We are Complete Project Management (CPM) a local trusted builders in Devon firm who work within and around Exeter, Exmouth, Crediton, Tiverton, Newton Abbot, Chagford, Torquay, Paignton, Honiton, Wellington, Sidmouth, and Exminster.

Front Door

Front DoorThe best way to create a good first impression is by replacing the front door, as it’s the first thing guests will see when visiting your home. You can purchase a range of wood, steel and UVPC doors for under £1000 (fitted) that will not only look great, but also increase your home security. Although this may sound like a lot of money, replacing your front door is recognised as one of the most cost-effective ways to add value to your home according to a recent survey by Remodelling Magazine. You may also consider updating the fixtures and fittings including doorbell, house number, letterbox and exterior lighting, as well as placing a few pot plants to add a splash of colour.

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Upgrade Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the most important room in the home and is often the first port of call for new home buyers. There are loads of great ways to spruce up your kitchen for under £1000 such as replacing the worktops, upgrading the fixtures and fittings and recovering cabinet fronts with glossy, vinyl wrap. You can purchase a range of door/drawer handles from as little as £2 a piece and vinyl wrap from as little as £5 a roll to give your kitchen a fresh, new look.

Kitchen BacksplashYou may also consider replacing the counter backsplash tile design or installing under-cabinet lighting. Both of these jobs are low-cost and should be relatively easy for a competent DIY’er, but they will add visual appeal and enhance the look of your kitchen. However, if you feel either of these jobs are beyond your capabilities, we advise contacting a professional kitchen fitter.

Another great way to breath new life into your kitchen is by updating your appliances. While you’re unlikely to get top of the range models for under £1000, you can purchase a range of energy-efficient refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, ovens and microwaves that will modernise your kitchen.

Interior Lighting

One of the most important features of any home is the interior lighting. Although a quality light fixture should last for decades, its style can fade in a matter of years, leaving your home looking dull and dated. Consider switching to new, energy efficient models that will not only save you money but also make rooms appear larger and warmer. You can purchase a range of energy saving light bulbs and fixtures, including led and daylight bulbs, from your local home depot store.

Another option is switching to in-ceiling fixtures, as these look more stylish and are much easier to keep clean than traditional lamp shades. You could also add some dimmer switches so you can control the lighting as required. Upgrading the lighting in your home should be a relatively easy job for a competent DIY’er, but if you are not comfortable with doing the work yourself, we advise speaking to a qualified electrician.


There’re loads of fantastic ways to transform your garden for under £1000. Start by washing down walls, walkways, patio and garden furniture with a pressure washer to remove moss and treat with a fungicidal solution. You can purchase a pressure washer for under £100 or rent one for much less from your local tool hire centre. Once clean, fill any cracks or gaps with cement to prevent weeds growing up through the patio and walkways.

Decking Home ImprovementGive your garden definition by breaking up large areas with flower beds and strategically placed plants, and consider installing some traditional wooden decking to add a bit of variety. You can build a simple wooden deck for under £500 that will not only look great but also provide a stylish raised area for outdoor dining and entertaining guests – see DIY Decking for more information and a step-by-step guide. If you’re looking for something more complex, we advise speaking to your local decking specialist.

Cosmetic Repairs

No matter how careful you are your home will inevitably suffer from day-to-day wear and tear and occasional damage. Over time, wooden floors get scratched and work surfaces suffer from chips and dents, but before you get carried away with ripping out and replacing items, it’s worth checking whether or not they can be repaired.

There are loads of companies offering cosmetic repair services and you’d be amazed at the results. Using fine finishing techniques and modern composite materials, it’s possible to repair a wide range of materials including wood, metal, glass, brick, marble, granite, ceramics, enamel, vinyl, laminate, Formica, veneer, plastic and UPVC.

There are loads of great ways to transform your home for under £1000 and many tasks can be done yourself. However, if any projects fall outside your area of expertise, why not contact a professional property maintenance company. CPM (Complete Project Management) provide a wide range of building & property maintenance services in Exeter, Mid & East Devon, and surrounding areas. We have a dedicated team of bricklayers, carpenters, plasterers, painters & decorators, plumbers and heating engineers with more than 20 years experience, and all our work is finished to the highest standard. Call us on 01392 925045 or contact us online to speak to one of our specialists today.