Although currently we cannot make any improvements to our apartment here in Sydney, I am SO looking forward to our future home in England, hopefully London. And I've already started to come up with some ideas on how I'd like our place to look after seeing lots of home improvement blog posts recently.
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Whether or not you are pleased with your home at the moment, you will be surprised that there are many ways to add value to your house and make it just a little more appealing. Obviously, major changes like remodeling, re-roofing or adding more floor space are expensive options that will require hiring professionals to do it.
Here is a list of some things that don't necessarily need you to put in an expert’s touch or spend a large amount of money. If you want more, you can find lots here and here.
1. Paint - Inside or out, a little paint can go a long way to spruce up your home. Even if the existing paint is still in good shape, a different color or combination of colors can make a huge impact.
2. Window coverings - These can get pricey, but they don't have to. Changing or adding blinds or curtains can really impact the look and feel of your home.
3. Weather Proofing - You can improve your home and your pocketbook by adding weather stripping materials to your doors, walls and windows; thus, saving you energy and money without spending a lot.
4. Repairs - Many simple home repairs can be done by an average person. All you need are few basic tools and a little help from the experts at any home improvement store like Kingfishers or Homebase.
5. Carpet - Replacing the carpet of your entire home can be an expensive project which causes most homeowners to apply for home improvement loans. However, if you opt to do only those rooms that are in dire need of replacement, then you will save a big amount. Shop around for the most affordable materials. Have your carpet cleaned by a professional cleaning service can also revive your flooring significantly.
6. Bathroom Fixtures - A new vanity or tub doesn't have to cost a fortune. Even just putting in new towel racks or re-caulking the tub can make a noticeable difference.
7. Kitchen Fixtures - A new sink, new faucets or a new garbage disposal can have a big impact without breaking the bank.
8. Furniture - Yes, new furniture is a home improvement. And yes, you can spend a lot, but you don't have too.
9. Lawn - A well-kept lawn shows your neighbors that you love your home. Keeping it well-manicured doesn't even cost a fortune. Seed, fertilizer, hoses and a few hours a week are all you need.
10. Garden - A nice flower bed with flowers blooming can really improve the curb appeal of your home. A few trees can also go a long way.
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As you can see, there are many options available for you to add value and appeal to your home without making a major investment. So before you apply for home improvement loans (Clydesdale Bank, for example have really cheap rates on them at the moment), take the time note the areas that need sprucing up and ask yourself if you can do it. How much will you save if you DIY? Remember, all you need is a little bit of money, creativity and the motivation to get it done.
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