It’s never too late to fall back in love with your home. Whether you want to completely renovate your home or just spruce it up a little, you can transform your existing living space into your dream home with smart planning, simple updates, and the right people.
This article will give you plenty of ideas to restore beauty in your property, and maximize living space with home improvements that fit your budget, personal style and time frame.
Before starting any home improvement projects, you should understand that not all improvements are equal. Some can be financial drains that won’t benefit you or anyone who buys the house from you. To avoid making money sucking improvements, only consider improvements that will be of value to your home.
Extensions and conservatories
Extending your home can be a very expensive process and cost anything from £20,000 upwards. You will also need to obtain planning permission and adhere to any building regulations. If you do consider an extension, it may be worth hiring a project manager to oversee the process. The project manager will arrange any labour and supplies that are needed.
If you don’t have a massive budget, conservatories and orangeries are a cost effective way to add extra ground space and increase the value of your property.
Add some sparkle to your kitchen
Homeowners spend a considerable amount of time in the kitchen, so any upgrades made to this area should be both valuable and visible. It’s not just about appearance. A kitchen has numerous functioning parts, such as refrigerators with a water tap, a double oven and an inbuilt microwave. You don’t have to replace your whole kitchen to improve it.
If your cabinets are stained or scratched, but the counter tops are still in good condition, just replace the cabinets, and maybe add some new hardware. Adding new appliances individually can add both a sparkle and utility to your kitchen area. As a general rule of thumb, you should expect to recoup around three quarters of the cost of a new kitchen when you sell your home.
Make updates to your bathroom
There is no doubt about it, everybody likes a large and expansive bathroom, so any changes that you can make to add space such as a vaulted ceiling or removing unwanted items is likely to pay off. Large, bright mirrors, modern lights and extra storage space are also desirable features for homeowners.
It’s important not to get too carried away on fancy tiles and expensive plumbing features. You can spend large amounts of money on new shower heads and fancy accessories, but that money will just go straight down the drain.
Consider adding energy efficient windows
Becoming more energy efficient isn’t just for people who want to save the environment. Energy efficient windows are now a very desirable feature for homeowners and potential buyers. Adding energy efficient UPVC windows can really benefit your wallet, everytime you save energy you will be saving money.
The outside of your home
The garden is the first thing that any potential buyer or visit will see at your home, and this type of first impression is hugely important. You don’t need to hire an expensive architect or landscape gardener. Just regularly cut the lawn, clip back any bushes and add few plant pots or shrubs. Patios and decking are both highly desirable home improvements that are not too expensive in the grand scheme of things.
Budgeting for the home improvements
If you intend to have home improvements made to your property, you will need to determine your budget and how you are going to fund it all. If you have any savings, this would be the first and most straightforward option to consider when financing the work.
But before doing so, get in touch with the bank and find out the interest rate you are receiving on the investment and compare this to the cost of getting a loan. Under normal circumstances, the cost of a loan should always be higher than the return on investment.
This is a guest post by David at Leekes, a home improvement company that specialize in conservatories & conservatory installation.