The home improvement business is just one of the many that have taken a bit of a hit because of the recession – a lot of people just aren't able or are unwilling to get into the housing market. However, there are people persevering with making changes to their house, either to make it a better prospect to be put on the market in future or to make it a nicer place to live in.

The amount of television programmes that are concerned with helping those whose home improvements and DIY plans have got away from them are an indication of the extent to which things can go wrong when a project of this magnitude goes wrong. In order to assist people who are intending to begin an undertaking like this, there are a number of tried and tested home improvement tips available from a range of sources to be perused.

The two most important words in your vocabulary even before this project gets under way should be “planning” and “budget” – the kind of person you are will determine which one is the most important. You need a time frame that you're intending to have the project finished by, as this will give you a closing date to aim for and ensure that you don't half-finish it and then leave it for six months. It will also ensure that you don't get distracted, thinking about other improvements you could be making at the same time and taking your focus off the original project.

In terms of budget, the average person doesn't really have the money at the moment to be making many mistakes and spending more money than they've budgeted, so the costs of materials and any hired help needs to be worked out before the project starts. Obviously, there may be problems along the way, but these can't be predicted – it may be a good idea to try and set aside emergency cash if you can.

Interior design usually just means making aesthetic changes rather than structural one. This could mean re-wallpapering or hanging up a few pictures, as well as potentially adding leather recliner chairs UK that can be placed in a living room as a counterpoint to the sofas or added to an office or study as part of a base to work from or relax. The options are endless – you've just got to make sure that they all complement each other.