It can’t be denied that home improvement projects, whether simple or complex, are one of the best ways to create your dream home. It allows you to express your individuality and your style through your home. More importantly, renovation or refurbishment projects can also make your home a more comfortable and safe place for you and your family.

According to Zoopla, Britons move home every 23 years on average. This means that you should take into account the possibility of selling your house in the future. You want to make sure that whatever changes you make will not affect the selling value of your home negatively.

If this is your first time taking on a home improvement project, the following pieces of advice should help you overcome any challenges along the way. And even if you’re not new to home renovations, it’s always nice to learn new things to improve your skills further. If you want to increase your home’s value, consider installing hardwood flooring or tiling ideas for your home.

Always have a buffer

It’s likely that you won’t need a big budget if your home improvement project only involves decluttering or mixing and matching furniture. Other than these, every other renovation or refurbishment you have in mind are sure to cost you money.

Although it’s good practice to be realistic and always stick to the budget, things won’t always go according to plan. That said, see to it that you’re prepared for when something unexpected happens. Having a buffer of at least 20% should be enough to cover for any unforeseen costs.

You don’t want to lose your enthusiasm for a project due to delays caused by a budget shortage.

Conversion or extension?

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One of the most common reasons why people decide to move home is lack of space. This is especially true in the case of a growing family. You might have thought that your chosen house was big enough, but that was when you didn’t have kids yet.

And while it’s true that moving home is a quick fix for this problem, what if doing so is not yet possible for you? You’re left with either converting the existing space that you have or extending it. The two have their pros and cons, but the former is easier and less expensive to do.

So before you decide to add an extension to your home, check first if you can convert your garage, basement, or loft to provide you with the space you need.

Be inspired

If you’re having a tough time finding inspiration for your next home improvement project, don’t worry! You’re not alone. Pretty much, everyone else has had their fair share of these moments. The good news is that there are a lot of things that you can do to give yourself a head start.

For starters, check your local council’s website for previous planning applications to find out what your neighbours have done with their houses. This will also give you an idea as to which ones were approved or not by your local council. And yes, you can also check magazines and home improvement websites for help to plan your perfect living room and more ideas.

Always confirm if you need planning permission or not

Before you start work on your house, it’s a MUST that you know if you need planning permission or not. Most minor works don’t require it and usually fall under Permitted Development. However, it’s still better to be safe than sorry.

So speak to your local council first as soon as you finish planning everything. You don’t want to be violating any law just because you thought it was okay to carry out work without proper consent.

Take it one step at a time

Unless the house is in a really bad condition as a whole, work should be done one step at a time. At the very least, you have to make sure that you plan things well and are prepared for mishaps. Imagine how hard and expensive it’s going to be if you have to live somewhere else because of delays or problems.

Ideally, you’d want to work on areas of the house that are in good condition last. Doing so means you’d still be able to go on with your daily life while work is underway or even if it has to be stopped.

Don’t skimp on the exterior

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If you’ve ever been to a friend’s or a relative’s house, you’ll know the feeling of being wowed just by seeing their home’s exterior. And admittedly, you want people to feel the same when they visit yours.

That being the case, you should put the same amount of focus on your exterior as you would on your interior. This is especially true if you plan to sell your house in the future.

A house that looks nice on the outside is more likely to get potential buyers compared to one that doesn’t.

Work under favourable conditions

Another thing that most people tend to forget is not choosing the right time to execute home improvement projects. It could be because you’re excited to get the job done. But know that it will only have the opposite effect if you pick the wrong timing for the job.

For instance, painting the exterior of your house should be done in late spring or early summer. As for other home improvement jobs, it’s ideal that you carry them out during the milder seasons. If at all possible, avoid doing work during winter to avoid any form of disruption.

The right paint can make a big difference

Speaking of paint, painting your house is a quick and cheap way to give it a breath of new life. There are so many different options in the market but in general, paint is categorised either as latex or oil.

The former is suited for most of your walls and household uses due to its long-lasting durability and ease of clean up. Oil-based paint, on the other hand, is perfect for priming real wood moulding and trim, although it does take a while to dry.

As for the colour, it’s advisable to go for light or neutral colours. You don’t want to use strong colours unless you don’t plan on selling your house in the future.

If you can’t DIY, it’s best to hire someone else

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Admittedly, DIY home improvement jobs are enjoyable and make use of your creativity. It also eliminates the need for you to hire tradespeople meaning you save money to use for future projects.

However, not everyone is born a ‘DIYer’, and not everyone has the luxury of time to do the work themselves. If you have this dilemma, you’re better off hiring a professional to complete the project at hand. But if you do, see to it that you only hire those who are trustworthy and capable. Asking your friends, relatives, or neighbours for recommendations is a good way to start.

Declutter

This is the simplest and most cost-effective way of improving your home. Getting rid of unnecessary stuff is also essential before beginning any major renovation or refurbishment. You can start by going over each room in your house and decide which items can be discarded.

But before you discard items, try to at least give them new life through recycling or upcycling. Doing so might even save you a lot instead of having to buy new furniture. You can also sell your preloved items for an additional source of funds.

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