Homeowners who want to stay put and improve their home this year with easy and affordable changes can follow the advice of the home improvement specialists at Stormclad.
With mortgage rates rising by 30% this year, the trend to ‘remain and hold’ will mean homeowners staying put in a time of housing market uncertainty and taking the opportunity to improve homes for a better quality of life and add value for future sales .
From changing interiors with easy hacks and enhancing existing features to add longevity, there are a number of ways you can add quality back to your home.
Chief Financial Officer at Stormclad, John Evans, says: “With the cost of living crisis and the housing market facing uncertainty, UK homebuyers are increasingly looking to stay in their homes and improve while the economy adjusts.
“Whether you want to increase the market value of your home or simply improve for a better standard of living, there are plenty of ways to improve your home without breaking the bank.
“Investing in improvements will be beneficial in the long term in terms of maintaining the home and simply adding value when and if you decide to move in the future.”
From seasonal colors to fresh decor, here are five easy home improvement tips:
Changing up the decor
Mixing up your decor can make your house feel completely different, with minimal effort and maximum impact. You don’t need to replace everything – cushions, tablecloths and cushions are easily replaceable and can be updated with the seasons. Dark purples, blues and golden tones work well in the cooler months, while yellows, oranges and pinks work well in the warmer months. Scents can also transform the mood – try cinnamon and cloves in winter and flax and fruit scents in summer.
Improve the amount of natural light in your house, as well as the insulation, with a new set of windows that will make a difference both inside and outside the house. Aluminum windows have a long life, high energy efficiency and solid security, which means that although it is an investment, there are many benefits that will serve you well for years to come. Wood windows are also very secure and can be customized with either softwood or hardwood to suit your aesthetic. Plus, UPVC windows are good at stopping drafts in the home and are also cost effective.
It sounds simple, but a new lick of paint can really change the atmosphere of a room. Think about how you want each room to feel – motivated, relaxed, happy – and apply this to the colors you choose to paint with. Bold shades like trendy magenta and deep green can add warmth and depth, while neutral colors like white and light brown can be tasteful and soothing. If you decide to go for a bold tone, don’t go all-in straight away if you change your mind quickly – add pops of color with soft furnishings, or even go for a statement wall.
Changing the entrance to your home is a great way to add style to your exterior while adding curb appeal. When doing this, it’s important to choose the right material for your budget and needs. For example, UPVC doors are low maintenance and inexpensive, making them ideal choices for those looking to save. While wooden doors are an initial investment, they offer premium aesthetics and added insulation to the home. A new color can go a long way too – navy blue, gray and black all look smart on doors while being effortless to maintain.
Adding a conservatory
Adding a conservatory to your home is a great way to expand the amount of space in the house. Be sure to add a style that will complement your home, such as Edwardian, gable-fronted and lean-to, to add long-term value. If you already have a conservatory – perhaps an older model that needs a facelift – replacing the windows and roof can give it a new lease of life. Or for a more cost effective measure, taking the time to give your conservatory a good cleaning both inside and out will help bring the light back into your home.
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