These Home Projects Pay You Back Big

The images on this page show examples of council homes before and after improvement work. The basics are always more important than fancy new fittings and fixtures. A beautiful new kitchen and bathroom will add no value if the roof is leaking or rising damp is a problem, for example. It is the basic improvements that will provide the greatest return on a home’s value. Homeowners who are considering selling in the next year or so need to start any home improvements by tackling problems with the home’s structure or systems such as the plumbing before installing a Jacuzzi, for example.

A disabled facilities grant will be no more than £30,000 in England and £36,000 in Wales. However, your local authority can top up this up, as it can give you other help with home improvements (see under the heading Help with home improvements). The amount of grant you get … Read more

The Man’s Kitchen

Get expert decorating ideas, watch H&H TV, see inside celebrity homes, find how-to tips, DIY projects, small spaces and kitchen makeovers. Add value to your home with these seven tips to property improvements and how to fund them. We love seeing the upcycling projects of Jen and Grant in their 1890s Manchester house. Relocating a downstairs bathroom usually involves sacrificing one of your bedrooms (or a section of the largest bedroom and building a new stud wall and door), and reorganising the plumbing, electrics and soil pipe. It’s a project that can take months if you don’t coordinate contractors properly.

House plants are this season’s hottest accessory and there is a plethora of planter options available from any decent homewares store. But a hand-made fabric planter could become a talking point accessory for your home. Hand-printed textile outfit 29 Bride Street, run by friends Liz Walsh and Monika Gleeson , … Read more

Home Improvement Articles, Photos & Design Ideas

From DIY home improvement projects to kitchen remodeling, discover helpful tips, ideas and how-tos for your next remodeling project. Long gone are the days of real estate price run-ups, when investors flocked to housing auctions to snatch up properties. In fact, fewer investors are flipping houses. In the second quarter of this year, just 31,000 single-family homes were flipped, according to ‘s U.S. Home Flipping Report That’s down nearly 2% compared to the same period in 2013. Profits are also dwindling. Investors made an average gross profit of more than $46,000 in the second quarter, which amounts to a 21% gross return on initial investment, says. Just a year ago, the average gross return was 31%.

If you’re serious about treating home improvement as an investment, taking out a loan may be for you. Even small repairs can mean a massive boost for the overall worth of your home. But … Read more