Rather than moving home, it’s become popular to stay at the same property and carry out some home improvement projects. The right improvements can add value to your home and increase its curb appeal, as well as making it more enjoyable to live in. Some home renovations can also help homeowners to save money and move towards green living.
Home extensions are one of the most popular projects. Extensions can be used to increase the size of a kitchen or add a study or additional bedroom. If you don’t intend living at a property for a number of years it’s important to think about how you’ll use the space in an extension. It may be your dream to have a massive kitchen, but a family interested in buying your home may prefer an additional bedroom. A home extension will also reduce the size of your garden and outside space, and this may not appeal to potential future buyers.
Fitting replacement windows and patio doors is another popular home improvement. Windows have a limited lifespan, and there comes a time when replacement is essential. They are less effective at retaining heat and keeping out the elements once they become worn. Some homeowners choose to replace one or two windows at a time when their condition deteriorates, but it’s more cost effective to undertake a complete replacement.
Outdoor living space has become more of a priority over recent years, so improvements to a backyard are worth considering. Adding a deck doesn’t have to be an expensive project, and it can instantly add value to your home. Remember that there’s the cost of seating, steps and plant holders if you’re pricing up the cost of installing a deck. This is a project you might take on yourself if you have woodworking skills and the tools for the job.
Improving the energy efficiency of homes has become very popular in recent years. The rising cost of energy and an interest in green issues are two factors driving this. Improving insulation and fitting replacement windows are examples of projects to help reduce domestic energy use. Installing solar panels is another trend in home renovations. The initial cost can be high, but there are schemes to help with financing. It’s also possible to lease solar energy systems, and this means a third-party company takes care of installation, maintenance and ongoing repairs.
The best home renovation project is a matter of personal choice. Think carefully about what you want to achieve before deciding what to do.