With house prices and energy costs rising both nationally and globally, improving the energy efficiency of your existing home presents an opportunity to ‘future proof’ your investment. With increases in electricity and a generally higher cost of living, utility bill savings are a big advantage, and so it stands to reason that shrewd energy-efficient improvements can add to the resale value of a home. Efficient windows and doors, a new roof and perhaps maybe even solar panels may be pricey to install, but around 65% to 76% of this cost could be recovered at resale. Security features are also always an important consideration in the home buying process, and many South African homeowners will appreciate a strong security system in a home.
Homeowners may, in an attempt to increase the value of a home, make improvements to the property that unintentionally make the home fall outside of the norm for the neighbourhood. While a large, expensive remodel, such as adding a second story with two bedrooms and a full bath, might make the home more appealing, it will not add significantly to the resale value if the house is in the midst of a neighbourhood of small, one-story homes.
Hurst’s team participated in a three-day remodel that converted a historic butcher shop into a livable space for a young family. Under normal circumstances, that type of project, which involved revamping a gutted storefront, would’ve taken about six weeks to complete, he says. There are various stages of the remodeling process that typically aren’t done all at once. Painting, for example, which might involve having to apply a primer or sealer in addition to the paint itself, can take multiple days to finish because each product needs to dry fully before the next can be applied, he adds.
Paint is one of the most affordable ways to change the look of your interior and Twenty Six in Nenagh , Co Tipperary has set up four-hour Saturday workshops that will whet your appetite for home improvement. Topics covered will include DIY photo frames and notice boards, upcycling, embroidery for beginners and even DIY Christmas ornaments, starting with an Annie Sloan workshop covering all chalk paint techniques and decoupage on Saturday, September 15th. Running from 10am to 2pm it costs €60 per person. To really see what is possible you should sign up to the paint effects demonstration by Jonathon Marc Mendes , one of paint company Annie Sloan’s painters in residence. He will show you how to create the effects verdigris, marbling, ombré and industrial rust on furniture. This runs from 10am to 4.30pm on September 29th and costs E75 per person.
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