75 Home Improvement Tips

With house prices and energy costs rising both nationally and globally, improving the energy efficiency of your existing home presents an opportunity to ‘future proof’ your investment. Invisible improvements are those costly projects that you know make your house a better place to live in, but that nobody else would notice – or likely care about. A new plumbing system or HVAC unit (heating, venting and air conditioning) might be necessary, but don’t expect it to recover these costs when it comes time to sell. Many home buyers simply expect these systems to be in good working order and will not pay extra just because you recently installed a new heater. It may be better to think of these improvements in terms of regular maintenance, and not an investment in your home’s value.

Got a grandfather clock that is old and given up on timekeeping? Old Chairs, run by Nigel Barnes and Pepie ‘Sullivan, is based at Clooneenagh House, outside Creagh, about a 15-minute drive from Kilrush , and offers antique restoration classes, chair making sessions and clock repair workshops at their county property. Barnes, an engineer and horologist, who with Austin Jordan co-wrote the book, Maintaining Longcase Clocks: An Owner’s Guide to Maintenance, Restoration and Conservation, published in 2013. The next weekend clock course runs September 1st and 2nd, and costs €195 but you will also have to factor in overnight accommodation. ‘Sullivan also schools in traditional upholstery and the pair teach another class on how to make country style chairs. The next course for the latter runs on the weekend of September 8th and 9th and costs €195 per person.

You are renovating because you want your house to look more beautiful and feel more comfortable. Consider your home renovation plan as a business plan or as your special project you are starting from scratch. Their research let them accomplished some projects they initially planned to get professionally done, like removing the peeling paint from their townhouse facade. Their DIY motto? “The first rule is do no harm,” said Jamieson.

Every homeowner must pay for routine home maintenance, such as replacing worn-out plumbing components or staining the deck, but some choose to make improvements with the intention of increasing the home’s value. Certain projects, such as adding a well thought-out family room – or other functional space – can be a wise investment, as they do add to the value of the home. Other projects, however, allow little opportunity to recover the costs when it’s time to sell.

Low-cost home improvements, known as weatherization , that make your home more energy efficient and lower your utility bills. Many homeowners are opting to renovate their home to accommodate their changing requirements or to fix it up before they sell with the hope that it will add to the market price of the property. While home improvement projects can really add to the appeal and practicality of a home, some will add more value onto the bottom line than others.