Homeowners can get repair and improvement grants from the Housing Executive in certain circumstances. Interestingly, many of these additions were recently named as home improvements that would actually lose you money. Those surveyed are obviously savvy when it comes to spending money on their homes. In fact, of those asked, 28 per cent explicitly admitted to being financially motivated, wanting to make changes to add value to their property. Research by HSBC has found that a new kitchen may add at least £5,000 to a property’s price.
Rooms that don’t fit with the floor plan. Converting the back patio to a family room may be a perfect way to add more space to your home but, if your dining room window now looks into the family room, it probably won’t be well loved by buyers. Series Description: Home improvement projects include building a fence, cleaning vinyl siding and painting interior walls. Get ideas to add value to a home with this free video series on home maintenance.
AFTER: The renovated kitchen is a functional and comfortable space with a combination of mixed metals, sleek white cabinets and countertops, and new stainless steel appliances. A long kitchen island and barstools were added to the center of the room for easy food prep and extra dining space. 55. Find new homes for stuff during a reno. Donate luxury kitchen appliances, cabinetry, and bath fixtures to charity. Renovation Angel offers white-glove removal — plus you’ll get a nice tax deduction.
Most buyers have a limit on what they can spend for a house. If they know they don’t have to spend money on the upkeep of basic systems, then they’re more likely to buy the house and consider upgrading the kitchen or baths themselves. More than 70 percent of buyers who purchased existing homes knew what they were going to remodel before they even closed on the deal, according to HanleyWood’s Housing Continuum Study, conducted in 2002 in conjunction with Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. The same study showed that 30 to 40 percent of buyers of existing homes made home improvements within six months after purchase.
Designer Liz Nilsson is offering several classes at her Print Block studio on Dublin’s Cork Street. One taking place on Saturday, September 15th from 10am to 4pm offers an introduction as to how to use print and texture on household textiles. This costs €95 but if you really fancy making something substantial for the home; say a pair of curtains or the fabric to upholster some chairs, then you may be better off signing up to her six-week course, which starts on Wednesday, September 8th from 6pm to 9pm. This covers the basics skills and techniques of printing onto fabric, teaching you about repetition and surface design, how to cut rubber blocks for block-printing and how to cut paper stencils for screen printing. You can also use the skills learnt to up-cycle cushions, napkins, table clothes, curtains and old duvet covers. This course costs €240 per person.