As we change, our priorities change; households grow and shrink, hobbies evolve and what was once our dream home is no longer quite right. Rather than heading straight for the estate agents, it may be worth considering home improvements. Sometimes, a simple change can not only transform your home, but help improve its value, too.
Here are some of the most popular value-boosting home improvements, from our trusted local tradespeople.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
They say that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes, and although that may be a slight exaggeration, it is not far from the truth. And the great thing is, you don’t have to do a huge amount to them to see a real transformation. From painting cupboards to completely new kitchen and bathroom installations, it is surprising just how much difference it can make. So if you have fallen out of love with your kitchen or feel depressed every time you go in your bathroom, get in touch with a local fitter and be inspired!
Flooring is a serious investment, but it lasts for a very long time and can make a home feel completely different. From carpets to stone, solid wood to high-end laminate, there are so many choices available now at a full range of price points. So, ditch your stained carpet or scratched laminate and treat yourself, your household and your home to a lovely new floor. Things to consider are: location - if you are looking for kitchens, bathrooms or hallways, you may want to avoid carpet; accessibility - if there are pipes underneath the floor, you may want to make sure that your choice of flooring is easily removable should the need arise; durability - areas of heavy footfall (hallway, kitchen) could do with more durable flooring; and cost – in general, get the best flooring you can afford to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. If in doubt? Ask your local flooring specialist.
A quick paint
It is astonishing the difference a good lick of paint can make. If your rooms feel dark and dingy, scuffed and unloved, a once-over with a light, neutral colour will give it a new lease of life and, if you are selling, make your home feel loved, bright and airy. Lighter, brighter colours will add a feeling of space and you can always accessorise with a pop of colour via cushions, rugs and candles.
If you want to improve your home but you just don’t know where to start, why not call in a professional for inspiration? Our rated local interior designers come with a wealth of experience and plenty of exciting ideas guaranteed to make where you live feel like your ideal home once more.