How to Improve Your Home Improvement

Renovations are a rite of passage for every homeowner, whether it’s a lick of paint in the hall, adding a second floor, or a complete rebuild from the foundations. Keeping your home fresh, with updated decor and modern fittings will help keep your house value elevated, whether you’re looking to sell or want a bigger pool of liquidity to draw from. However, some home renovations can turn sour, and cost more than they’re worth, so you’ve got to do it right. If you’re looking to renovate or improve your home, then here are some must do’s that will boost your house value without straining your wallet.

  1. Get an interior designer in

You can spend hours and hours reading the latest home interior magazines and still feel out of touch when you step foot inside a kitchen design studio. An interior designer or architect will understand how to balance form and function, what colors are in and what are dated, and what aesthetics will appeal to prospective buyers. You don’t have to use an interior designer for every room and every detail of your home, but consider a consultation with an expert when you’re planning the ‘money-makers’ of the home – namely, the kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Hire one interior decorator who can give provide a cohesive vision across the home, so rooms seamlessly transition from one to the other.

  1. Get the right tradesman in

One of the most nerve-wracking decisions you can make is on what tradesmen to use. Builders, carpenters, tilers, plumbers, electricians, gas fitters – the list seems endless, and one rogue tradesman can hold up all household labor for days or weeks, which can run your budget well into the red. When it’s time to find a team of professionals to work on your home, find local tradesmen through an online service like Plentific, who check all their tradesmen to make sure they are certified and licensed. Plentific also offers a refund guarantee if the job goes south, for added peace of mind, and is a partner of the HomeOwners Alliance, who recommends the online service to its members.

  1. Focus on the main areas

While we’d all love to redo our house from top to bottom, the budget might not allow for the luxury! Before you start work, sit down and look at the older rooms in your home that need more attention, and what rooms and improvements add the most value to a home. According to real estate experts, the modification that adds the most value to a home is an extra bedroom, followed by an upgraded kitchen, extra bathroom and conservatory. A living room can generally be transformed with a lick of paint, but the kitchen and bathroom usually requires extensive work, and many prospective buyers are attracted to homes where the hardest jobs are already done. Give your main value-makers the attention they deserve to grow the value and desirability of your home, and to make it more comfortable for you and your family for years to come.


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