Want to revamp your home? There are a number of simple projects you can take on which will transform your property, find out more here.
Kevin Westhead from Oxford Decorating Ltd explains: “At this time of year we tend to do a lot of interior work and decoration. There are plenty of easy redecorating or maintenance tasks you can do to boost your property.”
According to the Halifax Home Improvement Survey, simple redecorating was the most popular kind of home improvement carried out. Even better, the survey found that painting or decorating your house can, on average, add over £2,000 to the value of your home – handy if you are planning on moving in the future.
So here are some simple home improvements ideas:
Paint and redecorate your home
Repainting is a low cost, easy way to rejuvenate your home. As well as painting the walls and exterior, why not repaint skirting boards, window frames or old furniture? This can really tie a room together and breathe new life into even the oldest of fixtures and fittings. Before you paint you may need to carry out some plastering maintenance to ensure surfaces are smooth. If you prefer new wallpaper, the old stuff will need to be stripped out beforehand.
Improve your home’s energy efficiency
If you have a boiler over 10 years old, you could cut your fuel bills by up to a third by replacing it with a new efficient model, says the Energy Saving Trust. However, there’s no point sorting your boiler if your home isn’t insulated, as Alex Hunt from Bright Green Homes in Brighton explains: “The best way to increase your home’s energy efficiency is to insulate.” To cut your bills and carbon footprint further, look at draught proofing your home by plugging gaps around doors, windows and letterboxes. According to Alan Onslow from the Draught Proofing Advisory Association, this is one of the easiest home improvements you can make.
Lay new flooring
Replacing old flooring can make a huge difference to your property, especially if you go for something completely different. Choose from carpets, wood flooring, stone, laminate, or even natural materials like bamboo or seagrass. Make sure you think about what’s practical for your home; if you have young children for example, carpet is safer than hard wood and for the bathroom, something easy to clean and hard-wearing like linoleum is a good choice.
Revamp your windows and doors
New windows or doors can update your home and keep the heat in. Tom Rawcliffe, from Dee Windows in Chester, points out that: “New double glazed windows will save you money on your energy bills, provide security and make your home more attractive.” If you can’t afford completely new windows or doors then repainting or staining old ones is a good alternative; “Painting your front door can boost the overall look of your home and is necessary for maintenance,” explains Kevin.
Check your electrics
It’s always worth making sure your electrics are in good condition. An annual electrical survey will make sure you’re safe from electrical fires and shocks, providing you with valuable peace of mind. If you’re planning on selling your home than an electrical survey is essential so buyers can check the condition of your property. Always hire a qualified electrician for any household electrical work for safety and legal purposes.
Increase your home security
Improvements which secure your home are always worth carrying out. Simple things like ensuring you have a working smoke detector, burglar alarm and effective locks are essential, but you could step up your security even more. “Now that the price of CCTV cameras has reduced, a lot more homeowners are installing them for security,” says Alvin Lewis, of CSG Fire and Security in Bournemouth. An intercom system is another way in which you can add security as well as convenience, as Karen Scott from Videoquest in Middlesex, emphasises: “With video intercoms you never have to answer the door to a stranger.”
Sort out your garden
If you have a front or back garden, then making sure they are tidy and well maintained is a simple way to keep your home looking its best. Mow lawns, get a tree surgeon in or fix fencing – this will improve the look of your home no end.
De-clutter and maintain your home
“Small things like tidying up or sorting out the driveway can really make a difference,” Kevin says. “These things are also important to maintain and protect your home.” Be sure to carry out regular external and internal maintenance like repainting, staining, checking for broken roof tiles and clearing your gutter. To create extra space try simply cleaning and de-cluttering, recycling things you don’t use or storing them away in the loft.