5 easy home improvements that add value to your home

In the current market there are considerable benefits to be gained from carrying out a few relatively simple home improvements, as these can add significant value to your home. Whether you decide to make aesthetic changes to the interiors or you’re in the mood for taking on a bit of straightforward construction, below are five suggestions for easy home improvements that could make a big difference to your asking price when it comes to selling.


  1. Build a conservatory. There are a number of factors to take into account when you’re looking at a conservatory to make sure that it will in fact add the value that you’re looking for. A single storey conservatory with a floor space of 30 square metres should not require planning permission and is exempt from building regulations. A good quality build will typically add 50% to 133% of typical costs incurred to home value.


  1. Change the windows and replace the front door. It’s amazing the difference small changes can make to the overall aesthetics of a property. Updating the windows – replacing rotting sash windows, adding wooden French doors, investing in bespoke windows from a supplier like Timber Windows – can really update your property and a brand new hardwood front door will make all the difference when people arrive at your home, whether it’s to visit or to view.


  1. Paint the house. If you want to limit your painting efforts then focus on the master bedroom, the living room and the kitchen, where a fresh coat of paint will go a long way to making the entire property feel like new. Whether you opt to go all minimum with bright whites or introduce juicy colour palettes, painting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to increase your home’s aesthetic appeal – take a look at Dulux for inspiration and free testers, or if you’re looking for a professional, try the Painting & Decorating Assocation.


  1. Put up more mirrors. Mirrors open up rooms where there is little natural light or where space is rather cramped. Try adding a mirror to the hall, as this is one space in the home that is often small, filled with ‘stuff’ and which will really benefit from the extra aspect. Ikea is a great place to shop for mirrors, whatever your taste.


  1. Apply for planning permission. Applying for planning permission, even if you don’t intend to carry out the work yourself, can add significantly to the value of a property because it means that a new owner could construct something like an extension without having to go through the red tape first. This has considerable appeal for many buyers because of the time and money it can save after the hassle of a move. Visit the Planning Portal to get started on your application.

Making an Effort for Cheaper Home Decor

iStock_000009816107SmallFinding the right decor and furnishings for a home, be it a studio, duplex or even a house, is a challenge. A challenge which is overwhelming as well as expensive. The end result one hopes to get is a home which is a reflection of the individual and is a comfortable place to live in. Furnishings and home decor can be expensive and buying focal points and larger items such as sofas and cupboards may need to be planned and done in an intervallic fashion. It isn’t simply the price which is the challenge but finding something which is agreeable to one’s tastes. However, a home without decor is one which looks barren and cold. In order to have make the house feel like a place where one would want to live, it needs to have an individualistic element to it.

Fortunately, for those without deep pockets, there are plenty of techniques and tips to getting great home decor without having to spend a small fortune.

  • Saving On Furniture


  1. Heading to thrift stores, impromptu sales, auctions and online stores are worth the effort. One would have to run around a lot more than buying off of a catalogue, but the effort is well worth it. The pieces that are available in these places of sale are all marked at much lower prices than those in retail shops. What’s more is that one can bargain and get appealing items for even less. It should be pointed out that most of the items listed in such places often need a bit of touch-up but the amount of money to be saved off-sets the effort.


  1. Keeping a look out for friends and family who’re selling furniture or moving base is also a good idea. Many a times, people sell their furniture just to get rid of them and not to actually make any money. Sofas, tables and chairs and media stands are perhaps the most cumbersome items for a person who is moving. Offer to take it out of their hands and if their friends or family, they should be more than happy to oblige. This is a great way for people moving into their first apartments to fill their homes with some furniture. Any items that is obtained in such a manner can be immediately replaced with a fresh purchase, but having furniture in the house is better than coming home to an empty room.


  1. Unsurprisingly, buying a pair or a set of anything costs more than buying individual pieces. When on a budget, it is prudent to eliminate trying to match everything together from the process of decoration. Instead, keep in mind the size of the object, such as the dimensions of a chair and get a similarly sized chair in a different color or style to make an individual set. If done properly, it can create a completely different and eclectic brand of home decor which will be unlike anything offered anywhere else.


  1. Poufs are very useful objects. For those on a budget, they can be a life saver. If you have extra guests over, then poufs can be used to serve as extra seating and when alone, they can double up as backrests and footrests. These poufs are never expensive and they save space as well.


  • Saving On Decor


  1. Don’t spend your free time glued to the internet or the television. If you’ve got a day off and you’ve got nothing to do, get a large canvas, some paint and try to make your own piece of art. One does not need to be an artist to paint and have a little faith in yourself. If nothing, then simply splash some color around and see what happens. If it’s really bad, then you can paint over it, and in the best case, you may end up making something that you like. In which case, you’ll have made your own decor!


  1. Your accessories can also double up as home decor. This is a great idea for those who live in small spaces and it works in two different levels. First, it keeps all your accessories in an organized fashion, you can take a piece of jewelry off the wall and wear it when you have to. Secondly, you don’t have to shop for art or decor, which means more money saved.


  1. Bookshelves take up a considerable amount of space so it’s a good idea to treat them better than simple storage spaces. Keeping a neat pile of papers and arranging your books properly creates its own drama and charm, especially if you have some great books. Adding accents through picture frames or even simple stones creates an additional visual appeal.


Claire Sullivan is a former interior designer turned free lance writer. Claire writes about inexpensive ways to get great home decor and has the wonderful quality of trying to do something herself before looking outside for help. Contact her for any information regarding decorating your home on a budget.

Benefits of a Concrete Shed

If you need multi-purpose space that is easy to maintain and doesn’t cost a fortune to build, you may want to consider concrete sheds from a concrete pumping company . There are a number of benefits to having a concrete shed regardless of whether you are using it to park your car or for additional living space.

Versatile Uses

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits to having a concrete shed is that it can be used for an endless number of purposes. You could use it as a garage to store vehicles and lawn equipment in, or as a workshop to build or fix things. It could double as a home office, guest room or even a gym, which means you wouldn’t have to worry about building a room onto your home in order to enjoy these things.

Increases Property Values

Many people are aware of just how versatile concrete sheds can be, which is why you can expect them to increase your property value significantly. Those who are looking to buy a home would rather purchase one that already has a concrete shed on it than one without such a structure. As a result, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of your building now, and will reap even more benefits whenever you find it time to place your property up for sale.

Easy to Maintain

A concrete shed requires far less maintenance than one made of wood, metal or vinyl. That’s because this structure will need to be painted less often, and will also show less dirt than ones made from other materials will. As a result, you won’t have to worry about power washing them nearly as often either. It is easy to keep the inside clean, because all you need to do is brush away cobwebs and sweep the floors from time to time. This means you’ll be able to spend more time enjoying the benefits your shed has to offer rather than worrying about maintaining it.

Cost Effective

When it comes to building concrete sheds, there is a plan that will suit every need and budget. In fact, the cost of building a concrete shed can be comparable to that of other types, so make sure you calculate the right amount with a concrete calculator. However, you can expect a concrete model to last longer than other types. When you consider this fact, choosing to erect a concrete building seems to make a lot more sense for a number of people.

Making the Most of It

There are several things you can do to ensure you utilise your concrete shed to its maximum potential. For example, you can install special storage shelves or cabinets in order to keep everything inside it neat and well organized. You could also add heating and air conditioning if you would like to use the building whenever it is very hot or cold outside. Concrete sheds can be spruced up by adding vinyl or ceramic flooring, panelling, and pendant light fixtures, thereby making them appear more like the inside of your home than a storage shed.

Concrete sheds are anything but dull and boring, as they come in a number of styles and sizes, and contain nearly any feature imaginable. Having one built on your property will be an investment you will treasure for years to come.

Tips on Designing a Home Extension

iStock_000002474541SmallA house is a home when you have a loving family. A major problem affecting happiness is usually encountered when the family grows bigger as a result of temporary or permanent guests. On top of this, you can also conceive more children. This increase, although a blessing, demands a strategy so that you can be able to cope with the new situation.

There are usually two options available for such cases. The first one is moving to a more spacious house. Since this has proven to be costlier for many people, the second option may suffice. This is extending the house. An extension on the house will without doubt save money while adding value to it at the same time. You’ll have the freedom of improving and jazzing up the space according to your tastes and preferences.

Planning for the Extension

The first thing that you’ll be required to do is to write down a plan. Don’t be limited and get as creative as you can. Brainstorm all ideas as they come to you. It’s best to involve other family members in the process. Make specific measurements with regards to the size of the extension and its location. The functionality is also significant. Ensure that you clearly state the main purposes that the extension will be serving in the plan as. Edit the plan to come up with a more concrete one that can be executed effectively.

When satisfied, hire an architect for professional assistance. It’s important to double check the plan as this will ensure all measurements are correct and there are no mistakes. Any relevant modifications will be handled at this point. In case the home extension will include a kitchen and/or bathroom, plumbing is mandatory. In addition, all electrical work must be handled by professionals as well. The architect will help you to make note of all these. Write up the budget.

Building the Extension

At this point, the next step that follows is to build according to the plan. You may have to hire building contractors for the job. Make sure that windows are located in strategic places as this will allow sufficient sunlight to enter the room. Consider your privacy. Since the contractors will literally invade your home, make prior preparations to minimize movements as much as possible. Provide easy access in and out of the extension so that other areas of the house are kept clean. Remember, construction is a messy affair and will leave you with a lot of cleaning work when not handled properly.

In general, it’s advisable to conduct an efficient research before purchasing building materials. This will enable you to get the best available deals. Try to match the interior with the exterior for an even and appealing finish. After the extension is complete, the last step is deciding on a look for it. There are many options to go for with the most common ones being country and contemporary. Move in the furniture required for the room(s). Now, you can enjoy the extension of the house.

How To Get A Bigger Home Without Even Moving

https://i0.wp.com/www.rubberbond.co.uk/gallery/undefined/kit-1-top-emb.jpgIn the current economic climate, climbing the property ladder has become a considerable challenge for many. As a consequence, an increasing number of property owners are choosing to extend their existing properties in order to generate additional space, as opposed to trading up and moving to a new home.

The desire for a bigger property is felt by many, especially those with growing families. Extension options are vast, and with this in mind, we’ve outlined some of the most popular methods of enlarging your home without even moving…

Side, front or rear extensions

Traditional extensions continue to be an extremely popular method of scaling up your living space, be it to the side, front or rear of your property as room allows. Traditional home extensions can take one of two forms, single or double storey. Single storey is ideal for enlarging your kitchen or general living space and double storey typically allows you to increase bedroom and bathroom space.

Garage conversions

Is your garage a disorganised outlet for your rarely used tools, appliances and general items requiring storage?

If you’re not making effective use of your garage, perhaps a conversion is in order. Garages are often turned into offices, utility rooms or playrooms and can provide your home with much needed extra space at an affordable price.

This will usually involve filling the door space, improving the foundations, enhancements to the flooring and the completion of general interior improvements.

Loft conversions

Taking full advantage of your loft space with a loft conversion is a popular option, proving to be an ideal location for a home office, additional bedroom or general living space to relax, unwind and entertain.

Key elements of the loft conversion process include rafter removal, the provision of access via a staircase and the installation of sky lights and dormers.

Garden rooms, summer houses or log cabins

If you are unable to further maximise your household space, why not take to the garden? Garden rooms, summer houses and log cabins all make fine additions to your garden and help provide that extra room that you may demand.

Perfect for entertaining or as a child’s playroom, they are an affordable option which can usually be erected in a relatively short time period versus a traditional home extension.

Conservatories, orangeries or sunrooms

If you’re keen to enhance the levels of natural light your home receives, why not consider adding a conservatory, orangery or sunroom to your property?

Perfect for use in all-weathers, they help to bring the outside in whilst adding considerable value to your property.

Remove an interior wall

Removing an interior wall can help to free up valuable space, especially when it comes to combining a smaller box room with a larger bedroom for instance. If you have a small, pokey room that isn’t being utilised, why not consider appending it to an adjoining room to maximise your use of space?

Remove your chimney

Chimneys and chimney breasts can take up a large area, and if you’re not using yours, it may be wise to have it professionally removed to generate new space within your home.

Build a front porch

If you are keen to free up space in your hallway, perhaps a front porch is the answer. Perfect for storing your shoes, hats, coats and other items, a front porch can act as a gateway between your home and the outside, with added security and energy saving benefits to boot!

How much does a home extension cost?

The costs of a home extension depend upon a large number of variables, including dimensions, building materials and the firm used. No matter what, it is always advisable to shop around and obtain quotes from a cross-section of local builders, to ensure you get the best price.

For those of you based in the UK, a broad overview of extension costs can be viewed here: http://www.corearchitect.co.uk/building_and_renovation_costs_uk/

Thanks for reading; we hope we’ve given you a few ideas on how you can get a bigger home without even moving! Best of luck with your renovations!

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