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Small home improvements that make a big difference
There’s not always the time or money for a big home improvement project, but luckily there are plenty of small jobs you can do for minimal cost and with little disruption to your life that make a big difference to your property.
Whether you’re trying to neaten up your house to sell it or you want to spruce it up for your own enjoyment, there are some highly effective yet simple home improvements you could consider.
Simple redecoration can make a world of difference to your home, and basic alterations like a fresh lick of paint or steam cleaning the carpets can give your home a new lease of life and increase interest from buyers if you’re looking to sell up.
If you’re thinking of your home, it’s a good idea to repaint your walls a mild, plain colour, like cream or white. This can make the room seem larger and brighter, and allow potential buyers to view your home as a blank canvas, which may make it easier for them to picture themselves living there.
Of course, if you don’t have plans to sell and this is going to be your home for life, you can be as creative as you like when it comes to decorating. If you’ve always desired a hot-pink feature wall, what’s stopping you? Redecorating allows you to let your creative juices flow. But remember, your circumstances may change in the future and you might end up moving – so bear in mind that there may come a time where you need to spend a little cash on making it more sellable.
You don’t have to restrict yourself to just painting the walls either, as you could consider repainting furniture or the fireplace instead.
Fitting new carpets can really transform your home, although it can often be quite expensive, especially if you’re looking to relay a particularly large room. In this case, buying a suitable rug could make it more homely for a fraction of the cost.
Re-grouting your bathroom or kitchen tiles
This may seem like a really simple solution, but the results can often transform a tired-looking bathroom or kitchen.
Tiling, once it has aged, can sometimes appear grubby, but re-grouting the tiles in your bathroom or kitchen can make the room look cleaner and less worn. Following re-grouting, using sealant to hold it all together and neaten things up can make the tiles look almost brand new again.
You could hire a builder to do this for you, but it’s relatively straight-forward so if you’re confident to do it yourself you could save yourself some cash. There are plenty of tutorials on how to re-grout tiles and re-seal the bath and sink on YouTube if you’re unsure.
If it’s the exterior of your home that’s bringing you down, you could consider neatening it up. If you’re planning on selling your property, its exterior is the first thing potential buyers will see, so it pays to tidy it up.
You may consider repainting the walls on the outside, or you could just tidy up your garden by removing any rubbish or weeds and planting a few low maintenance shrubs or flowers. It’s easy to spend a lot of money here, so it’s wise to set a budget for what you intend to do beforehand. If it’s a repaint job, you could consider doing the work yourself – providing you are able to do so and follow safety precautions such as securing the ladder before climbing it. Elsewhere, you could replace your front door, trim any hedges, resurface your driveway or replace your garden fences.
Insulating the property
If you haven’t already, fitting insulation in your cavity walls and loft can both impress buyers and save you money on energy bills. If you find yourself constantly turning the thermostat up during the winter, insulation could help you avoid this by trapping the heat in and keeping you and your home warm.
Many energy providers offer free loft and wall cavity insulation to their customers, but there are requirements in place. For example, you may have to live in a certain area, have a certain type of house or be claiming benefits to qualify. Speak to your energy supplier to find out what they’re offering
Alternatively, you could carry out the work yourself if you are a relatively experienced DIYer. Many DIY shops sell loft and wall cavity insulation if you are thinking of doing it yourself. But, it’s important you only buy products with the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo on it, as this ensures you’re buying insulation that complies with regulations. You can find out more here.
It often doesn’t take much time, money or effort to improve your home, but the benefits you’ll get from your work could be big.