Interior Design on a Budget


Struggling to decide whether to move home, or just to spruce up your interior design? Or, perhaps you are just fed up of your tired décor, but worry about the cost of redecorating? The Interior Design on a Budget article on HHT’s LifeKit website is full of inspiration on how you can redecorate your home for less this spring.

With the average cost of moving home in the North West continuously rising, redecorating rather than making a move is always the most cost effective option. The Manchester Evening News reported: ‘Homeowners in the north west are now having to shell out between £6,900 and £8,000 in order to move home’ in September last year, a figure that is continuously rising.

The Interior Design on a budget article covers interior topics such as: Upcycling, walls, floors and soft furnishings. The article includes some great tips on where, and how you can find the best interior bargains locally to you. You can also find some simple and easy DIY tips on how you can easily spruce up your home yourself in a unique and artsy way. Getting the kiddies involved in making pieces for your home, upcycling, or redecorating is always a great cost effective way to keep them busy during the school holidays! So, what are you waiting for, you can read the full article here:

If you find yourself in search of further inspiration on how you can redecorate your home for less, there are some great bloggers out there, such as: Your Home is Lovely, Upcyclist, Room to Bloom and Chalk Kids. These bloggers provide step by step, easy, and cost effective solutions to your interior design headaches.

I Just Need a New Home

If you find yourself in the position where simply redecorating is not an option to you, the Trust also has you covered. You can find properties local to you by using Property Pool Plus, which can be found on our app, or online here:

Once on the Property Pool site simply follow the registration steps. You will be asked for proof of identification, so it is important that you have this to hand, and depending on your circumstances you may be asked to provide further information.

If you’re already a Trut customer, and would like to move, you will also need to register on Property Pool Plus. Once we have confirmed your proof of ID and accepted your application, you will be placed in a band that reflects your housing need. You can then bid on available properties that are advertised each week.

You can bid for up to three properties in each weekly bidding cycle. When you place a bid, the system will show how many other higher priority bids are above you. You can change your bids at any point while the weekly bidding cycle is open.

A list of qualifying applicants that have placed bids will be produced when the cycle closes. The list will prioritise applicants in order of their band and application or priority date.

Mutual Exchange

Another option available to Halton Housing Trust Customer’s is a mutual Exchange. With prior written permission from your landlord a mutual exchange enables you to swap your home with another customer. When you exchange, you take on the tenancy of the other person and they take on your tenancy.

A mutual exchange can help you get a new property more quickly, and does not involve going on the housing transfer register.

You can exchange with any other Trust customer, or any customer of a social landlord within the United Kingdom. This includes other housing associations, housing trusts and local authorities.

Home Swapper is the quick and easy way to match your needs with other people who wish to swap their house or flat across the UK. If you would like a mutual exchange visit the Home Swapper website for more information: