Whether you are having a new boiler or central heating fitted, building an extension, redesigning your garden or simply painting the walls, these days, we are more adept at carrying out these tasks ourselves as opposed to hiring someone (which can be expensive).
It is recommended that for the larger projects in Home Improvement you bring in the professionals but for those capable, there are many options available for your everyday DIY enthusiast.
Where to start?
Once you’ve established the type of repair or improvement you’re undertaking whether it’s having a new kitchen installed, rendering the outside of your house or adding a loft extension for an extra bedroom, you’ll need to determine a budget.
As gas and electricity prices rise, we as a nation are becoming more frugal when it comes to our homes. One home improvement, that would surely reduce our bills, would be the installation of Insulation, Lighting and Windows.
Energy saving has become of paramount importance of late and the following three enhancements can go a long way to ensure the reduction of your fuel bills.
- Insulation – this degrades over time and it’s necessary to replace it after a few years; good quality insulation will save you a great deal of money each year.
- Windows – older homes tend to have the less energy efficient windows installed, so upgrading to the latest UPVC styles can improve your energy bills exponentially.
- Lighting – fluorescent lighting is likely the most economical, the styles available now are both functional and aesthetically pleasing to look at; saving you money almost immediately after installation. for more details, visit : https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/fluorescent-lighting
As a home improvement, installing security measures could not be more important. We should all have, as standard, smoke and fire alarms along with the latest carbon monoxide detection units. Unlike the days of old, these often come with long battery lives that can extend up to several years and need only to be tested regularly to ensure functionality.
If you’re looking to improve yours and your family’s safety then look no further than Security Doors and Shutters. This type of safety feature can ensure safety and prevent break-ins, some even integrated with a Home Alarm System. The added benefit to this it’s increasing your Home’s value.
Nothing says “kerb appeal” like a beautifully rendered house facia or front garden. Many larger properties boast a well-kept driveway, the paving of which should be expertly laid. However, even if your home is on the smaller side, a hard standing installed for an off-road parking space will no doubt improve your house price.
It pays to have any foliage tended so if you are fortunate enough to have trees, hedges, or fencing bordering the front and rear of your property then maintaining and upgrading this is advisable. Good quality fencing can add to the security of your property and dissuade those who might enter it without permission.
In closing, whatever Home Improvement or Repair you undertake either yourself or by employing others, remember, stick to your budget, compare quotes of reputable contractors and check their back catalogue for any work carried out in the local area.