Tips for improving your home

Category: "How to" Guides

Posted 18th December 2015 by Jim Newton


Whether you are looking to move or improve, enhancing your home is a ‘win win’ decision.

Potential buyers form an opinion about your home before they’ve walked through the front door and if you are planning to stay, what could be better than coming back to a welcoming home?

We hope this Blog will give you a few practical ideas on how to enhance the appearance of your home quickly, easily and without spending a fortune!

It is important to choose a reliable tradesperson for any job, and with so many around that can be a challenge in itself. Our advice would be to use somebody recommended by someone you know and trust, and see one of their installations in situ. If that’s not possible, here is some advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau that should help you.

Sainsbury’s Bank produced this handy Guide to Improving Your Home that you might also find useful.

Outside your home

Generally, make sure that windows are clean, there is no rubbish on view and the guttering is not blocked or falling away from the wall. Stay on top of weeding and replace or repaint tired looking garden pots and ornaments.

Read our Blog: Ideas for gardens.

Some useful garden tips from Rightmove.

If you have trees or hedging plants, make sure they are trimmed and tidy. If you have fences, give them a new coat of paint and ensure they are in good repair.

If you live in a rural environment, somewhere to park is not usually a problem. But in urban areas, where finding a place to park can be a daily challenge, you could add value and convenience by converting your garden to a parking space.

There are several surface options for a parking space including asphalt, concrete, loose gravel, grid structures and permeable paving, do a bit of research to find out which is best for you and your lifestyle.

Driveways and pathways:
If you have a driveway or pathway what kind of condition is it in? Would it benefit from an upgrade?

Resin bound paving is ideal for resurfacing existing driveways and pathways because it can be laid on top of existing asphalt and concrete that is in good condition. You don’t need planning permission because it’s permeable, there’s no loose stone, it prevents weeds growing, you won’t get puddles and it’s accessible.

Read our Blog: Ideas for driveways.

Read our Blog: Ideas for pathways.  

Your front door:
There is no point in going to the expense of replacing your front door if it can be refreshed; a clean, polish or coat of paint and some new door furniture will make it seem like a new door.

If it does need to be replaced, the choice available now is absolutely endless and caters for all styles and tastes. Here’s some advice from Sarah Beeny on how to transform your house with the right front door.  

Consider expanding your living space:
Expanding your living space, or creating the impression, is always a good idea and can be done in several ways, by:

  • Extending with a terrace or patio.
  • Bringing the outside in with bi-fold patio doors or installing glass doors.
  • Enhancing the flow by installing the same flooring throughout your downstairs living area.
  • Using the same flooring inside and outside for a seamless transition.
  • Adding a garden room or shed for entertaining, a home office or gym.
  • Building a conservatory – here are some tips from Rightmove.

Apply for planning permission:
Securing permission for an extension or conversion will only cost around £1,000-£2,000 but will increase the value of your home. This is because it is reassuring to a potential buyer that the council have already agreed planning permission.

Inside your home

When it comes to inside your home there are a few things you can do to enhance it, including:

  • Hanging mirrors on walls either side of a narrow space to give the illusion of being wider.
  • Improving energy efficiency.
  • Enhancing bedrooms with clever storage, extra space or an en-suite.
  • Updating kitchens and upgrading bathrooms.
  • Creating more living space with a garage or loft conversion.

For more practical ideas for home improvements, have a look at this Guide to Improving Your Home from Sainsbury’s Bank.

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