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The images on this page show examples of council homes before and after improvement work. Bio: Jody Costello is a Pre-Renovation Coach who educates homeowners to help them prevent remodeling disasters. In two-storey homes, level access from garage to kitchen and living area is generally a high priority. Locate at least one bedroom on the ground floor so occupants can stay there as they age. It can double as a home office, study or bedroom for an elderly relative, carer or boarder. Locate a ‘house’ bathroom and toilet at living area level.

Beware: Tearing out an existing floor can add significant labor costs, so if it’s at all possible, lay the new flooring on top of the existing one. Extra space in a home almost always results in extra profit – providing the building work is of good quality, it is in keeping with the property and it doesn’t push the value over the price parameters mentioned above.

Imagine the sense of achievement and pride you’ll have in your handiwork everytime you show off that beautifully tiled bathroom, stylish Master Chef kitchen, or quirky attic extension. Whole-house generator. Power failures are a reality for more homeowners. Stationary generators can usually power the entire property. A professionally installed unit can range from $7,000 to $15,000, according to Porch , a website connecting consumers with home service pros. The Generac 6241 , $3,500, excluding installation, is a top pick.

As a homeowner you may be asking, “Do I get a tax break for all the money I’ve spent fixing up my house?” The answer is, maybe yes, maybe no. But one thing is certain: You’ll need to keep track of all those home improvement expenses. And keep in mind that many buyers will not buy a home that needs a new roof. They worry that the work involved will cost more than what they anticipate. Perhaps replacing the roof would involve tearing off the sheathing and repairing rafters which could add to the cost.

While it is a common misconception that ceiling fans reduce room temperatures, the evapotranspiration effects of moving air over human skin can help occupants to feel cooler even at higher temperatures. When properly located and used, ceiling fans can save from 4 to 8 percent on air conditioning costs. Just like the no cost actions, these low cost actions only save energy and money in relation to our behaviors. So be sure to flip the switches off when you leave the room or you’ll be paying to light empty spaces and to move air across unused furniture.