Among the most obvious home improvement ideas, simply keeping up with the times and addressing issues with your home as they occur adds the most value to your home. Keep paint fresh, address leaks and damage, and replace worn out flooring to keep your home from deteriorating over time.
Re-invent a Room
Re-inventing an existing space, by removing/adding a wall, finishing a basement or attic, converting a garage etc., can add more value to your home per euro spent than the addition of square footage. Look for new ways to use existing space and make it more versatile.
One of the more expensive home improvement ideas, a kitchen remodel can really pay off – up to 60-120 percent of your investment according to some experts. Just don’t go overboard, keep the remodel on par with the rest of the house and neighbourhood. Your “deluxe” kitchen could price your home out of the market for potential buyers down the road. Instead opt for fresh, new paint, energy efficient appliances, and upgrading to a more recent style of cabinets, simple changes go a long way.
Experts say that in addition to making mornings around your home much calmer, adding a new bathroom to your home can recoup 80-130 percent of your investment. Investigate your home, identifying extra rooms or under-utilised spaces such as closets and under-stair areas. Half-baths take at least 18 sq feet, while full baths with a stand-up shower require at least 30 sq feet, or 35 sq feet with a bathtub. Cost will vary depending on the type of addition and accessories used, but sale items can help drastically reduce costs.
Garden Decking increases home value, making your outdoor living space more desirable and increasing the attractiveness of your home. The cost will vary depending on the size of the decking and any additional elements added such as furniture or built-in seating and landscaping, however experts say that you can expect to recoup 65-90 percent of your investment costs.
Energy Efficient Windows
Old, drafty windows are a major turnoff to potential buyers in search of energy efficiency. According to the Energy Saving Trust in the UK you can save between £75.00 and £250.00 per year by upgrading to higher standard energy efficient windows . You can expect to recoup 60-90 percent of your investment costs from windows as well.
Energy Efficient Insulation
Not one of the more exciting home improvement ideas, energy efficient insulation may excite your bank account, saving you hundreds to thousands of pounds in energy each year. Adding to your homes basic insulation in the attic, walls, and addressing leaks will go a long way towards keeping your home more comfortable and saving those energy pounds for other home improvement ideas! Insulating your attic alone can save up to 20% on your heating bill.
Whatever works you wish to undertake at home always ensure that the tradesmen you use are either referred by friends & family, use established firms (make sure they have an office address and landline phone number), be wary of firms only willing to give you a mobile number and if in doubt seek references, speak to previous customers and if possible visit previous jobs.
When arranging works be specific and set out a detailed, clear brief for quotes. Get more than one and ideally three.
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