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Home Upgrades That Really Pay Off

It’s nice to spruce up your home every once in a while to maintain its good condition for many years to come. Unfortunately, some of these minor improvements can cost quite a bit of money so you can find yourself holding back from doing a complete renovation. This doesn’t always have to be the case; there is a way you can justify splurging on redecorations.

Here are a few ideas for interior upgrades that will pay for themselves in a few years:

Adding a new bedroom

Adding bedrooms can increase the value of your property, which is useful if you’re open to selling your house one day. Converting your loft into a habitable bedroom might not be as expensive as you think. In London loft conversions usually cost up to £40,000, although throughout the UK the average seems to be around the £20,000-£30,000 mark, and you can save even more by doing some of the work yourself. Even if you don’t plan to sell your house anytime soon, you could still pay off the renovations by taking on a lodger.

Insulation

Around 25 per cent of the heat lost in an uninsulated house literally goes through the roof, so why not look into insulating your attic and roof. Effective insulation will slow the rate that heat escapes from your house in winter, and will also slow the rate that heat gets into your house during the summer. In short; it will keep your house at the optimum temperature. You may also find that you don’t need to turn up your thermostat as much to compensate for the escaped heat. Add new insulation along your walls, your ceiling, and your attic wall for maximum efficiency.

Replace your boiler

Older boilers are one of the worst offenders for wasting energy. This financial black hole probably wastes about 35 per cent of the fuel it uses, it’s often unreliable, and it’s most likely reaching the end of its life. It might seem expensive initially, but you can get a boiler replacement quote from a professional installer, and spread the cost over a period that suits you. In the long run, you will save money on your heat and water bill so the price won’t seem too steep if you think of it in those terms.

Double glazing

Heat also escapes through the cracks in old windows. If your windows and doors are old, leaky, and obviously made of wood, then you’re probably spending a lot of money heating the outside of your house and it’s past time to upgrade to something more efficient. Double pane windows and other vinyl frames are much better than single pane windows and aluminium frames. Upgrading doesn’t have to cost much either, as there are plenty of installation companies willing to give you a good quote. You can also have composite doors fitted that not only help with insulation, they also look stylish and add an extra layer of security compared to traditional doors. Your neighbours will also thank you as new windows and doors help reduce noise that escapes outside.

 

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