Home Improvement Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

Facing the reality of fluctuating real estate market, there happens to be more home sellers than the buyers. This has changed the behavior of people looking to shop for a house as they have become choosy. So they have sensed that the seller badly wants to get on to his next home and he will do anything within reason to make the sale.

Many sellers have had to fall back on home improvement tips to ensure their house stands tall over the competition and it gets sold easily. Nevertheless, the key is in understanding which home improvement tips can intensify the value of your home for that grand sale.

Shared below are the most popular home improvement tips that will help raise the value of your home so it sells faster, for an improved price.

• If you want to make your home more sellable, then add a fitting glazing or windows with double-glazing inside existing windows. Wooden frames are a fitting choice in a home makeover. Avoid using plastic at all cost, as it may bring down the value of your home.

• Buyers tend to stay away from properties with slow and lethargic broadband. Therefore, you have to ensure your broadband is superfast by fitting a satellite broadband. All you have to do is fit a dish to your house so you can get a broadband that can go superfast to be able to stream music, data and TV without breaks.

• Simple home improvements like rendering unappealing bricks, changing concrete roof tops with slates, painting the front door afresh, keeping your fence clean, hanging baskets and flower pots, mowing your lawns and trimming the hedges, all increase your home value and create a welcoming impression for any would-be buyer.

• Expand your house by nicely fitting in one or two more bedrooms. If you’ve got a four bedroom house and only one bedroom, you could add another room including an en-suite to the master bedroom. Additional fittings like new taps, power shower and a heated towel rail add more value to your home improvement endeavors. You can employ a glass door shower screen to replace the not-so-loved shower curtain.

• You can bring the outdoor feeling into your home for extra value. You can do this by creating a treehouse for kids in your sunken garden or a fire pits for adults with bi-fold doors leading to the garden. This will give a feeling of an additional reception room in the home, which surely attracts intending buyers. You can make cheaper improvements by increasing the lighting and minimizing maintenance by cutting down trees that do not enhance the beauty of the garden. Always check if you are in a conversation area before chopping down any fruit trees.

• Acquire a wood burner for your home. Open fire places offer huge comfort but a remote controlled gas, wood, electric or multi-fuelled fire is much easier to maintain. A wood burner is better at fuel efficiency, so go with it. A good wood burner that lights up at all times gives the feeling that your house is always warm and lively.

• Get rid of old furniture and equally of the large items that take up large spaces in your house to give way to a much bigger area and more open appearances. Replace the old furniture with nice fitting new ones.

Other few home improvement tips to increase your home value include patching all holes and cracks, and then, retouching with a neutral color. Repainting the interior of the house works wonders too. Anything else you can do to outwardly shore up the appearance of your home will surely help to increase its value, rightly positioning it for a quick sale.

Define Your Style – Home Design Ideas

Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and when it comes to interior design this can often by the best route to take if you don’t trust your own design instincts. There is a danger however, that your house will blend into every other Magnolia drenched, carbon copy home that we see cloned on every street in Britain today. Why do we practice such safe design? Is it because we suffer from a lack of imagination, or are home owners up and down the land just not brave enough to experiment? Maybe in this difficult economic climate we cannot risk straying from that safe colour palette of cream and white?

I say, why create a ‘blank canvas’ (just in case you move home), for someone else to put his or her stamp on. Look for inspiration everywhere and don’t fear your own style. There are several ways in which you can experiment without breaking the bank and below are a few ideas and tips, which could inspire you to create your own unique groove. Firstly, do a little research. Websites such as housetohome have a fantastic gallery of pictures and suppliers that can inspire you and are less likely to be found in the house next door.

Create a mood board. Collect images, colour swabs and fabric samples in order to focus your ideas and inspire you. This way you will be able to see which colours and styles go together and it will also help you commit to only buying what you need. Steer clear of the plain and create simple elegance by choosing a simple colour palette but also experimenting with different textures of paint and fabrics. B&Q have a paint colour mixing service, which can match any of your favourite items.

Add a splash of colour by adding cushions and throws or curtains. Cushions, and more surprisingly curtains, are easy to make if you have a bit of time on your hands and you can get quality designer fabrics at greatly reduced prices online. Stores such as http://www.digbyandwilloughby.co.uk sell designer fabrics at £10 a meter instead of the recommended retail price of £30 to £100 a meter. If you don’t fancy making curtains yourself, Digby & Willoughby can get these made up for you. Alternatively breathe life into a favourite chair with new upholstery with Fabrics from Digby & Willoughby.

Accessorise with one or two unique pieces such as a beautiful free standing mirror or a piece of artwork. To save some pennies you could visit auction houses such as lotsroad or criterionauctions. I recently found a fantastic seascape oil painting in a charity shop and a beautiful art deco bedroom suite on freecycle.org so keep your eyes peeled. Love the traditional? Experiment with mixing the traditional with the new to avoid being old fashioned. Choose classic wallpapers with a funky twist from companies such as Cole & Sons and Zoffany to create a feature wall. Visit reclamation yards such as wellsreclaimation or sites such as salvo.co.uk to find beautiful antique wooden furniture and natural materials to create a classic and unique vintage look.

A statement piece of furniture can be the inspiration for the design of your whole room. Cover an old chest of drawers or table with fantastic hand printed wallpaper, protected with layers of clear varnish and jazz it up with new or antique handles. Try emmamolony.com for hand printed wallpapers. Go off piste, I recently purchase antique music scores from a local bookshop, which cost me 30p each and they make the perfect vintage wall coverings. If you religiously follow modern styles, what is the buzz from the world of interior design, what are the hot colours for 2010?

Colours from Mexico such as, burnt oranges, sunny yellows, gingers and taupe’s are on trend. Various shades of midnight blue with greying whites are in vogue and as well as being chic and ultimately classic, they would be a good long-term investment. Soft vintage colours, such as neapolitan pinks and yellows reflect the current boom in homemade crafts and reclaimed materials. Other colours in style for 2010 will be natural hues, soft beiges and nudes with green or purple accessories. There are plenty of ways to create your own unique style and to update your home. And remember, to play on the words of Jim Rohn, ‘if you don’t design your own style, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much!’

Helena Searle
January 2010

Affordable and Applicable Home Improvement Tips

Everyone wants to upgrade and renovate his/her house in affordable way. Budget is the major factor of consideration. If your budget does not allow you to start major renovation projects such as adding new room or changing floor or alteration in room dimensions you can also go for less expensive affordable home improvements. Minor changes may results in remarkable difference in your home. With less expensive improvement projects you can improve your home and also save money for major renovation project. There are various styles available you can chose such as Victorian, country and modern. Now day’s modern style is most popular home décor. Due to popularity modern home décor has become expensive. But there are still some ways to upgrade your home in affordable way. You can take advantage of certain affordable home improvement tips for affordable home improvement.

Affordable Home Improvement Tips
Affordable home improvement tips allow you to upgrade your home in less expensive way. Following are some affordable home improvement tips.

Use of Inexpensive Home Decorating Items
Use of inexpensive objects to decorate your home is the most easy affordable home improvement tip. You can use inexpensive home decorating accessories to make your house look impressive. Such accessories include curtains, fancy cushions and table covers that look compatible with the pattern and main wall color. This will make your room warmer and modern. Even a good family photograph at suitable place can add character to your room.

Paint
Paint is also less expensive and easy way to give brand new look to your home. You can select any color of your choice. You can use paint on old furniture, walls and floors to give new look. You can also create different designs with paint.

Mirrors
Addition of mirror to any place can make your room look larger than its actual size. It is best for small rooms. In larger rooms you can also use mirrors. Mirrors look great above fireplaces, beds, dressers and in bathrooms. It gives instant fresh look without making complete changes in every thing. It is also a useful and affordable home improvement tip.

Fabrics
Fabric is easy to use in different ways. You can use it in lot of creative ways. It is not necessary that you must buy new fabric to use. You can even use old fabrics in your house. Normally everyone has old table cloths and scarves in their homes. You can change the look of old furniture by simply covering it with cloth. You can also make pictures by covering canvas boards with beautiful scarves or cloth. This is very cheap way to add look as compared to buying expensive show pieces from stores.

Old Furniture
Another affordable home improvement tips is simply change the setting of your old furniture and give a fresh look to your house. This can be done by simply putting same furniture in other room with different theme. You can make your furniture look different by painting it with different color or by covering it with fabrics.

Stenciling
It is also a simple home improvement tip to make your room alive. Stencils are easily available. It can easily paste on the walls. You need to paint them and remove them. It will leave a nice and clearly defined design to add character to your room. It can also used on fabrics and furniture.

Photographs
Beautifully framed photographs are also good option for adding value to your room. It is very affordable home improvement tip for those who have limited budget to renovate your room. The only cost is framing of photograph. Photographs can give pleasant effect to your room.

Working with what you already have
Utilizing all the things you already have is also an affordable home improvement tip. Most people purchased decorating items that does not match with furniture you have. To solve this issue you must try to purchase things that are compatible with other things you already have.