Looking after a home can be a challenge. On top of the stresses of property maintenance and everyday life, it’s little wonder why many of us leave home improvements at the bottom at the bottom of our lists. But if you’re committed to spending some of this year making changes to your property, where should you start? Below, we’ve rounded up four ideas.
Book an hour with a professional
While we can’t all enjoy the luxury of an interior designer to transform our properties for us, hiring a professional for an hour’s consultation is an affordable and realistic alternative. Some interior design companies offer free home visits, while others charge a consultation fee for their time and expertise. In your session, you should be able to take ideas, and act upon their advice when it comes to your home improvement projects.
Both small suggestions, like paint colours and material options, and larger projects, like knocking down walls and replacing kitchen units, are useful – especially when they come from somebody who designs homes for a living. Then, following your consultation, you should be able to source the materials, parts and labour separately to save time and money.
Add folding doors
Kitchens and living rooms can be notoriously dark in older properties, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Investing in a high-quality folding door can transform your home and help bring in more natural light to your home. Ideal for the rear of your property, such rooms are thermally efficient and can be tailored to any style or size of property. What’s more, they’re available in a wide choice of colours and finishes to give you an unobtrusive window to the world… or at least to the wondrous nature of your back garden!
Introduce a new colour scheme
When guests turn up at your home for the first time, they’ll likely have to knock your front door. If you’re looking to make some improvements to your home this year, consider introducing a new colour scheme to the exterior of your property – painting your door, guttering and windowsills can give your home a makeover, without the investment. Bright, vibrant colours such as yellow, green and blue are becoming increasingly popular in the design world thanks to their eye-popping effect. Don’t be afraid of experimenting and trying something new – after all, anything can be fixed with a lick of paint.
One of the best ways to improve your home is to add more space. An extra bedroom, living room or extended kitchen can make your life easier; you can invite more guests during social occasions, add a gym to your property or even consider extending your family.
This is Money reports that the average extension gives a 71% return on investment. With a basic extension measuring in at around £20,000, you can expect to profit £14,000, so it makes sense to splash the cash if you have the funds available.
There you have it – four great investments you can make to improve your home in 2017.