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Whether you’re thinking about selling your home or just looking to make improvements for the future, there are a number of quick wins, from updating your kitchen to adding an extension. Whatever your budget and whatever you reasons, we’ve outlined some great tips and advice on how to add value to your home.

 

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1. Begin with the boring stuff

Although transforming rooms and considering attic conversions is exciting, the best investment you can make in your home is ensuring that everything is structurally sound and works as it should do.

Damp problems, whether rising or penetrating, need your immediate attention. These kinds of issues can potentially cause structural damage to your home, as well as being unpleasant. Damp can spread to any timber structures you may have, which can cause them to become rotten. Fixing the damp issue before any further damage is caused can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Check your central heating and electrical wiring too. These items can be pricey to replace; however, if you are thinking of selling, you’re much more likely to gain a sale, if its running efficiently. Often potential buyers can be put off buying a property if they know it’s their responsibility to replace them.

Even if you’re not selling, replacing and repairing your central heating and wiring will ensure that your home runs smoothly in the future, potentially saving you money on your energy bills.

 

wires and electrics

 

2. Repair windows and doors

Failed double glazing and broken hinges or locks can instantly make your home appear shoddy and unloved; this isn’t great to live in, but can impact the value of your home too. Often, people see this as an expensive task. However, simply replacing the glass, rather than the whole frame, and repairing any locks, hinges, seals, or handles, whilst regularly maintaining them, is an easy and affordable way to instantly give your home a facelift. Cloudy2Clear offers this unique service, saving customers money and time.

 

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3. Add more space to your home

The more space you have, the more options buyers have for potential rooms and storage – and if you’re not selling, you’ll always have enough space for a growing family, entertaining, or for new furniture.

You can add new space in a number of ways:

– Convert the garage space into a playroom or dining room; this is perfect for those who don’t have a car or rarely use the garage for its intended purpose
– Transform your attic into a new bedroom or hideaway area; installing a sky-light will instantly brighten up this space
– Add a conservatory; a true extension of your home and your garden, a conservatory is the perfect way to create an extra room, without adjusting the structure of your home
– Create a desk or storage area underneath your stairs

 

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– If possible, install a downstairs toilet
– It’s a pricey option, but basements are being converted in homes across the UK, from kitchens to games rooms, expanding downwards is a new home improvement trend

 

4. Ensure all cosmetic issues have been taken care of

The internet is full of helpful ideas to make subtle changes to enhance to look of your home before putting it on the market, but there are several cosmetic issues you should address first:

– Fresh coat of neutral paint throughout (cream or magnolia work well)
– Clean window frames on the outside, as well as soffit and facia
– Update front door furniture, such as letterboxes, handles, doorknobs, and hinges
– New kitchen cupboard doors – this saves money on a complete refurbishment, but creates a fresh new look

 

old kitchen cupboards

 

– Dripping taps and doorbell fixes
– Neat gardens – mow the lawn, trim bushes, and add colour

 

If you’re looking to update the look of your home, without blowing the budget, contact Cloudy2Clear today for a free, no obligation quotation. We have over 40 branches across the country, making sure you have easy access to our local engineers.

 

 

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