04 September 2017

5 Home Improvement Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Everyone gets that home improvement itch, whether they have just purchased a new home or have been living in their existing home for a while. We see beautiful home in magazines and online, and we want that too! You may want your home to function better to suit your needs or you may be considering selling, either way, there are some important factors to consider before going ahead with any type of home improvement.

Tip 1: Try to make improvements that add real value to your home 

Once you have made the decision to go ahead, try to add real value. You may be tempted to refinish the hardwood floors, but wouldn't adding a new bathroom add more value? You can always do the floors later. This all depends of course on your finances, but a home should also be seen as a long term investment for your future.

Tip 2: Think about the money 

One of the most important factors to consider, is financing the work. You may even need to scale back your plans according to costs, and if your savings are not up to the job, then you may even need to consider borrowing money. From the bank of mom and dad to traditional loans to even a loan on your car, there are a myriad of financing options. Remember though, you may want that dream house but don't burden yourself unnecessarily with a loan you cannot pay back.

Tip 3: Deal with crucial fixes first 

There are some home improvements that are more urgent as opposed to others. It could be a leaky tap or as simple as insulating your loft. In fixing these issues, you may be able to prevent costly damage in the future or simply be saving yourself money. Even something as simple and inexpensive as repainting your front door can be seen as crucial if you are thinking of selling your home.

Tip 4: Weigh up the pros and cons of DIY 

Even if you have experience in fixing little things around the house and have a well equipped tool box, not all home improvement projects are DIY friendly. You may be tempted to fix things on your own, but do you really want to take the risk? After all, it is your home and even small mistakes can end up costing you a whole lot more. Leave some tasks to the professionals.

Tip 5: Always have a plan 

Never start any sort of home improvement project without a proper plan in place. You should be aware of finance, materials, design, builders and the time and devotion you will need. Otherwise, there is a good chance of making costly mistakes and work going unfinished, so plan and plan ahead.

Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.

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