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Fire damage cleanup costs anywhere from $800-$93,000. Finishing a basement is the most common way to add usable square footage to a home. Most homeowners spend between about $10,000 and roughly $27,000 converting a basement, depending on the size of the space, according to estimates from HomeAdvisor , a website that connects homeowners with prescreened service professionals. Attic conversions are another option. The average attic remodel in 2014 cost $50,000.

Alterations and additions can sometimes create awkward leftover spaces that are ideal for purpose-built storage. Other locations include room dividers, lift-up trap doors to sealed containers fixed to floor timbers and well insulated pop-out cupboards to replace west facing windows. Be creative with storage and hire a professional company that specialises in innovation.

Roeshel Summerville started her blog back in 2007, when she and her husband were in the midst of searching for a new home. Though they recognized the space needed some serious work, they both fell in love with the character and charm of a fixer-upper farmhouse. Over the years, they’ve transformed it into a welcoming, functional space for their family on a budget.

Finishing all the big projects hasn’t meant giving up on home improvement, however. I haven’t touched my reciprocating saw since the turn of the millennium, but in recent years I’ve become a practitioner of what I now think of as microrenovation: Approaching “finished” rooms with dispassionate objectivity and finding small ways to make them better. Humans have an extraordinary ability to become inured to minor annoyances, especially if the annoyances accumulate gradually. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—it’s the basis of successful marriages—but it can cause people to ignore inconveniences they could easily correct.

With buyers now rating more electrical sockets over a bath tub, garage and large living room, adding more charging points to your home can add a whopping £4,000 in value to your home, costing as little as £800. Owner-occupiers, landlords, tenants, licensees, and occupiers of some houseboats and park homes can apply for a disabled facilities grant, provided the work is for the benefit of a disabled person who lives or will live in the property.