DIY Ideas to Add Value to Your Property and Attract Buyers

If you’re looking to sell your property, you’re obviously going to want to get as much money as you can from the sale. Maybe you’ve had the property valued and it’s come in at less than you expected? Or maybe you are selling house with tenants who have previously damaged it and decreased its value, and now you just want to add as much value as you can before finding a buyer?

Whatever your reasons, there are a few easy ways you can boost the value of your property without spending a fortune. Below you’ll discover some affordable DIY ideas that could increase your home’s value significantly.

Replace the carpets/flooring
You don’t have to make massive changes to boost your property’s value. According to Money wise, replacing the carpets alone can add an estimated £1,738 onto the overall value of the home. New carpets offer a fresh, clean look while also giving the home a ‘new’ smell. The majority of carpets are easy to install and they come at a reasonable cost.

Give it a fresh coat of paint
Giving the entire home a fresh paint job will make a massive difference to both its attractiveness and its value. It’s a budget-friendly idea that’s super-easy to do. To add the most value, it’s worth painting the outside too. It’s the first impressions that really count so making sure the outside of the property looks good is important to grab the buyer’s interest.
One thing to keep in mind when re-painting the home is you’ll need to choose a neutral colour. The buyer has to be able to imagine themselves making a home there. They can’t do this if the colour scheme is based upon your preferences rather than theirs. 

Focus on its curb appeal
As mentioned earlier, the condition of the outside of the property matters just as much as the inside. As well as re-painting the home, you should also look at the guttering, window frames and the garden.
Clean and repair the guttering if needed. It’s important to ensure the gutters are clean and unobstructed as if it isn’t, that could lead to issues with mould inside the property. The window frames can be glossed over to give them a nice shine, while focusing on ensuring the garden looks attractive is also going to boost its value.
In fact, the quality and condition of a garden is one of the major things buyers look for. So spend some time getting rid of any weeds, trimming the lawn and adding a few attractive landscaping details. You’ll find plenty of ideas online so there’s no need to hire a professional. 

Re-grout the tiles
If you have tiles in your bathroom or kitchen, a quick and simple DIY task that will help increase value is to re-grout them. Over time the grout can become discoloured or even worn away. If the tiles are out of date, then it would be a better idea to replace them. However, simply re-grouting them will make a lot of difference, giving them a newer look.

Invest in energy saving modifications
One thing buyers look out for these days is how energy efficient a property is. According to statistics, around 88% of buyers are looking for an energy efficient property. It’s also something that will really affect the price you’re offered. If you’re looking to sell your home quickly, investing in energy saving modifications will really help.

So what should you be focusing on? To start with the windows should be double glazed. Over time the window seal can become damaged. If you can’t afford to replace the windows, making sure the sealing is repaired will help. You can also add insulation and even install a low flow faucet installed in the kitchen sink. Any energy saving modifications you can make will help boost the property’s value.

Overall these are just some DIY ideas that can add real value to your home. If you’re willing to put a little effort into making these adjustments, you’ll be rewarded with potentially thousands of pounds added onto the property’s overall value. No matter what your budget, there’s always something you can do to attract buyers and increase the value of your home.      

Ten ways to keep warm with a broken boiler

Being without central heating and hot water is the last thing you want in the cold weather. Unfortunately, boilers have a bad habit of breaking down exactly when the temperature begins to drop. It’s no fun sitting around in a cold home, so while you wait for an engineer to come out and fix the boiler, here are the ten best ways to keep you toasty. 

No rocket science here. If your central heating is on the blink, the easiest way to add warmth is to fire up an electric heater or two. There are a range of types of heater that are good for different things.
If you just need a quick blast of heat in a room you can use a halogen or fan heater, whereas if you’re warming a room for the whole day it’s better to use a convection heater or an electric radiator as they hold their heat for longer. However, it’s worth noting that excessive use of electric heaters can lead to an unpleasant electricity bill and there are plenty of other ways to keep warm.

Keep the heat in
When you’re without central heating you need to keep hold of any residual heat you can. Draw the curtains and use draught excluders (a rolled up towel is afine makeshift alternative) to make sure the heat stays where you need it. 

The art of layering
Retaining body heat is important and the best way to do it is through wearing more clothes. A jumpers and a woolly hat are a must, and you need to protect your extremities too. Fingers and toes get cold because blood syphons away from them to keep the vital organs warm, so pull on some gloves and wear an extra pair of socks.

The blanket is your new best friend. It can come with you wherever you go and will keep you warm whether you’re watching TV or lying in bed.

Hot water bottle
Don’t forget a hot water bottle either. A portable mini radiator, there’s nothing more comforting in the cold. It’s an absolute must when you go to bed but can be used throughout the day as well. 

Electric blanket
Everyone loves a nice warm bedroom to drift off to sleep in – but this becomes a big problem when the boiler breaks down. This is because you’ll probably have been heating the lounge or another large room during the day and the bedroom will just be sitting in the cold. In this case it’s a great plan to invest in an electric blanket. Rather than going through the lengthy process of heating up the whole bedroom with heaters you can simply turn on the electric blanket to heat the bed.

Double up your duvets
Aficionados of the tog rating system will know that not all duvets are created equal. A good winter duvet is at least 12 tog, so you should definitely buy yourself a new one if you’ve still using your summer duvet. Better yet, buy a new one and use both for an extra layer of comfort. 

Invite people round
This might not sound like a brilliant idea with your heating out, but remember that having more people in a room will warm it up. Your family and friends will have a great time, and they never have to know they are simply pawns in your scheme to heat up your home.

Hot meals and drinks
It doesn’t matter if you’re on a healthy eating regime:chuck that salad. You need warm, hearty stuff when your home is cold.  

Get it repaired as soon as possible
Clearly the best way to warm up in the event of a broken boiler is to get it fixed as soon as possible. Working on a gas boiler without the accreditation to do so can be both dangerous and illegal, so make sure you call out a Gas Safe-registered engineer.  

You should also consider whether now is the right time to have your boiler replaced. If breakdowns are becoming a regular problem or you’ve had the boiler for a long time you’ll definitely feel the benefit of a replacement. Modern boilers are more efficient and economical, so it’ll save you money in the long term too.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with Sussex-based specialist BSW Energy, who were consulted over the information contained in this post.

Get Rid of that Floordrobe – Great Storage Ideas for your Home

Whether you’ve been living in your current home for a while and have accumulated a lot of ‘junk’ over the years, or you’ve just moved into a new property and are looking at getting some renovations done before you have the time to accumulate said junk, storage solutions are essential. You don’t exactly want to spend your entire time at home having to wade through all your collectables and DVDs strewn about on the ground in order to get anywhere. Good organisation of your home leads to good organisation in both your personal and professional life, so it is a good idea to start with your own belongings.

There are lots of types of storage available these days for all sorts of items, but some work better than others for certain types of object. There are pros and cons to all sorts of storage, and the point of storage is to be practical, so you need to put this to the forefront of your mind before you start opting for storage solutions based on the fact they’re stylish or attractive. So, what should you be choosing and why?

Storage Boxes and Chests

A chest of drawers is the staple storage piece. It’s versatile, it can fit into almost any space and most objects can reside in one. The only problem is that when they are overfilled, the drawers themselves can buckle and become misshapen, meaning they don’t slide in and out as easily. They can also jam when you try to open them if the items inside get stuck, which can damage the contents and quite possibly the drawers too.
Storage boxes are handy if you’re short on space and have lots of little objects to stash, but they tend to look fairly unsightly unless you opt for an attractive design which fits well with the room. The plus side is that they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours so you can store your objects in almost any space, but make sure you choose something that suits your room’s design well so that it doesn’t stand out for all the wrong reasons.

Wardrobes and Cabinets

For clothes, the ultimate storage solution is the humble wardrobe. However with today’s modern demands for clothing, having just a plain wardrobe might not be enough to hold all your clothes. Today’s furniture designers often create huge multifunctional wardrobe/cabinet hybrids. Finding a way for us to store our ever growing clothing collections without taking up too much space at the same time is nigh-on impossible. However getting a multifunctional wardrobe, with a chest of drawers integrated into the lower half may be the nearest solution we can find at the moment. 

Shelving Systems

You could opt for either a shelving system or a filing cabinet when looking at organising your DVDs or important documents. Shelving tends to look more homely and means you can organise it however you see fit, but it can leave you struggling to find things if all of your books and paperwork has been put on in a ramshackle fashion. If you plan on using a shelving system, make sure it is properly organised and easily accessible! Some people may not like using alphabetical systems but it certainly works wonders when you are trying to find that all important document when working from home. 

If needs be you should also separate your shelves by category. Keep your work documents on one shelf, your credit card information and bills on the next, books and DVDs on another and so on. If everything is just shoved together, this can look messy and awkward, and you certainly don’t want that.

Furniture with Hidden Storage

Designers have also, in recent years come up with beds, sofas, chairs – you name it – that also function as added storage. A coffee table could also hold blankets and board games whereas a sofa can easily pull out and become a bed for when guests stay over. A window seat can have shelves installed beneath the seat itself for books or magazines while you are sitting at the window. Contemporary furniture designs have a lot of potential when it comes to offering storage solutions. 

When you are looking into clearing up some of your space for new and more exciting renovation projects, we have a lot more options than ever before. With so many pieces of furniture available designed to add extra storage space in addition to serving a primary purpose as a chair or a bench, there are contemporary ways of storing your odds and sods that we might have never dreamed of twenty years ago. Alternatively you can also still go for a classical approach in a large old timey chest or huge wardrobe. It all depends on your personal taste. At the end of the day, any sort of storage solution is better than simply throwing your things on the floor!

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with Yorkshire-based garden furniture specialist Quality Ironmongery, who were consulted over the information contained in this post.

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