We all wish we had the perfect home, but often we need to prioritise the projects to keep within the family budget. If you are wondering which part of your home you should renovate first, and which projects should not be delayed, you should focus on the cost and benefit of each project. Below you can find seven home improvement projects that can be completed fast and with a limited budget, still add a lot of value to your home.
The first thing your visitors and potential buyers will see is your driveway. If it is in a bad state, and covered in moss or weed, you will certainly need to invest a bit of money. If you don’t have a drainage solution for your drive, you are likely to step into a puddle every time you arrive home in the rain. You can get your driveway completed in less than a day, and enjoy the benefits of a new look home exterior for a long time.
Adding a Porch
Most of the heat in the winter escapes through the front door and the windows. If you would like more storage for your umbrellas and shoe rack, you can get a porch done by a professional company for less than you would think. A porch will also act as an extra layer of insulation, and reduce the heat loss through the front door. You can choose from different styles of porches, to complement your home’s design. Usually, you don’t need a planning permission to build a porch.
Fixing Electric Fixtures
If your electricity keeps on cutting off or your lights trip the fuse regularly, you should not put off rewiring your house or just part of it as soon as possible. If you delay, you can end up paying more, as the wires inside the wall will be too damaged to be removed in one piece, and your electrician will have to get inside the wall to rewire your home. It is always cheaper to replace a light that keeps on causing problems that paying emergency electricians to carry out the work when you have no electricity in the house at all.
Upgrading Your Shower
If you have an old and unreliable shower, you might be wasting too much electricity already every day. You will not only feel better when you get in the bathroom, enjoying the even and strong flow of hot water, but also save money on your electricity bills long term. Look for energy efficient designs or a power shower that has different massage settings to make your mornings more enjoyable.
You might think that bedrooms are not important, just look what I did to my sons nursery, but your bedroom is just as important as you sleep there, but they do have a great impact on your life. You will sleep better in a room that is light and well organised. If you need to stare at an uneven wall or step on old carpet when you go to bed, you might wake up in a bad mood. Investing in your bedroom overhaul can improve your life. Remember that you spend at least eight hours there every day. Look out for interior design ideas online and in home improvement magazines.
Gutters with a leak can cause long lasting expensive damage to your walls and structure. While fixing them can get expensive, especially if you have the old Finlock gutters that are a connected to your house’s joints, you can get the water leaking through your exterior walls into the room, causing damp and condensation. If you need homeowner loans to solve the problem, go for it, as you can face more serious problems in the future if you don’t address the issue now.
A garden is key
My favourite part of my home is the garden, to be honest I spend more time out there the house. But having a place you can relax and enjoy the outdoors is key. you don’t have to spend big to achieve big. Having somewhere to sit and relax, plant your favourite flowers and make sure your keeping on top of the lawn. Use old wood to build boarders and paint your fence. just by doing this will give your garden a new lease of life.
Maintaining the value of your property when you are a homeowner is a constant challenge. Focus on what is urgent and the project that is likely to add value. Consider the personal and market value benefits at the same time, as well as the cost and consequences of not dealing with the issue on time.
Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.