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Get expert decorating ideas, watch H&H TV, see inside celebrity homes, find how-to tips, DIY projects, small spaces and kitchen makeovers. You will also be able to choose from a range of kitchen units and worktops, a wet wall splash back will be used in place of wall tiles. There may be occasion where we will be forced to knock through a pantry wall. This will only be done when we are unable to meet the decent homes standard by keeping your existing kitchen. This will be discussed with you when the property is surveyed.

Unfortunately, most home improvements do not pay for themselves. If you can’t afford to finance the project in full with cash, know the different ways you can finance your home improvement without putting your home at risk. Also, if you know the difference between tax breaks you get for home repairs or home improvements , you can make the proper deductions at tax time and get some money back from your project. Similarly, if you’re paying private mortgage insurance, home improvements that increase the value of your home could help you eliminate that cost , which, although it doesn’t raise funds for your project, can reduce your housing expenses overall.

No sugar coating here: The housing market is in trouble. But some experts say that it will start turning around as early as 2010. So while you’re waiting for it to recover, you might want to reconsider putting off that kitchen redo or landscaping job. Any changes you make on your house now should increase your home value later,” says Kermit Baker, project director for the Remodeling Futures program at Harvard University. But which projects will yield the most bang for your buck? Take a look at this list, starting with the upgrades most likely to recoup your investment, and then enjoy that gleaming new kitchen.

The final tip is, wait for it…be patient. Putting your home reno project on hold gives you more time to save up the money needed for this expensive endeavour. It also means not going into debt for an expenditure that may or may not give you a return on the dollar you spend. Finally, it avoids costly mistakes. That’s because a hasty, under-budgeted renovation can actually devalue your home and add little or no value to your home’s fair market value. And nobody wants to pay for a big blunder.

Mancha and Jamieson used YouTube videos and renovation forums to learn how to apply plasterwork and brick mortar, strip woodwork, recreate ceiling moldings, and install tile work. They discovered a quick tip for boiling doorknobs and hinges in a stainless steel pot with baking soda to remove paint. “We’re not experts, we just research a lot,” Jamieson said.