We all need to make improvements to our homes sooner rather than later. If we don’t, our homes can easily become more difficult to live in, and costlier to operate as well. But what sort of home improvements can you make that will not make too much of a dent in your budget yet will still allow your home’s value to increase? Here is your guide to easy yet significant home improvements to up your home’s value.
• Update electrical and plumbing systems
When people speak of updating electrical and plumbing systems, we already imagine a time-consuming endeavour which entails a lot of expense. This isn’t true in all cases, however. Often, you can make some important improvements to your home’s electrical or plumbing system without too much effort. Consider this: why not add some additional electrical sockets to the rooms in your home? This will not only make it more convenient for you (especially if you have a lot of appliances and gadgets), it also doesn’t require too much effort or expense. Or, you can always choose to have your home rewired, particularly if there are safety issues involved.
When it comes to plumbing, know this: old pipes can be very dirty or clogged up, resulting in the poor flow of hot and cold water or even pipes which can burst. For this, you can replace an old plumbing system which is fed on gravity with a pressurised system, which takes up less space and results in better water pressure as well. You can also consider a new boiler, especially a combination boiler with a good rate of flow for your showers.
• Replace old windows with double-glazed windows
If you have been living with drafts and cold spots for too long, it may be a good time to replace your single-glazed windows with double-glazed windows. Double-glazed PVC windows also offer other benefits, such as easier maintenance, a lower energy bill (simply because they are so energy-efficient), and increased security. If you prefer a more traditional, classic look, however, you can also go for timber windows with a coating of vinyl, aluminium, or uPVC.
• Upgrade your bathroom
When it comes to upgrading your bathroom, often, all you need is to replace some light bulbs in order to make the room look brighter and larger. But if you want a more significant bathroom upgrade, you can replace old taps, toilets and basins with shiny new ones, or, better yet, replace an ugly old shower enclosure with a totally modern shower enclosure unit. Shower enclosures are available as pre-built models complete with all the necessities and they are easy to install and not too taxing on the budget if you know where to look.