Home And House Magazine

Home renovating tips for anyone wanting to DIY on a tiny budget, or looking to find a tradie and add a whole new floor. Why it pays off: Adding central air to an average 2,400-square-foot house could cost upward of $10,000 and boost your home’s value by 10 to 20 percent, says appraiser Leslie Sellers. And central air-conditioning is energy-efficient too. Centralized units have an average energy-efficiency rating (EER) of 11.5, compared with an 8.5 EER in single-window models, making them less expensive to run. What’s more, central air won’t block the view the way a window unit does.

Kitchens and bathrooms are known to give the best boost in value, so these are the two areas of the home where renovation costs can be more readily recouped. In fact, you should make back between 65% and 75% of your costs of remodelling a full bathroom and around 65% of the cost of adding a full bathroom. Consider new fixtures including a bath tub, a double sink instead of a single one, recessed lighting, new flooring and wall tiles if necessary and a fresh coat of paint.

Please be aware, we maintain a register of where asbestos is, or is assumed to be in your home. If you’re planning home improvements or maintenance and you think you have asbestos in your home, always ask our permission first so that we can advise if any asbestos is present. Please contact us on 01733 385000. But if you’re hoping to stay put for a while, there’s nothing to stop you planning home improvements that add value to property, so long as you go about it the right way.

Lowering your home’s energy costs will save you money for as long as you live there and is expected to be a major selling point down the line. Indeed, energy-­efficient” was second only to safe community” on the list of attributes that would most influence a purchase decision, according to a 2015 survey by the National Association of Home Builders.

Kitchens used to be hidden-away work spaces, but today they’re rooms in which we spend huge amounts of time, even in period properties. Not only do they need to offer the preparation and cooking facilities that suit all the home’s occupants, but they must also be stylish space we want to enjoy being in. Often, they’re a zone in an open-plan kitchen diner and living space , so the kitchen’s decor must work harmoniously with dining and relaxing areas as well.