Home improvements can get ridiculously expensive, especially if you’ve got a lot of rooms you want to change or structural improvements that you can’t afford to leave. Sometimes, there is a lot you can save money on. You can repaint a wall to brighten up a whole room, add lighting to change the mood or change your accessories and soft furnishings instead of decorating to change the atmosphere of a room.
But, sometimes it’s worth spending a little extra for a job that’s lasting and well done. In some areas spending a little more can ensure that your home is safe, comfortable and well protected from the elements. It can also look much better, last a lot longer and even increase the value of your home. Here are a few of the areas that you can’t afford to scrimp on.
You don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune on the best windows on the market, or to get fancy frames. But, your windows are an essential part of your home, and it’s worth spending money on windows that you trust if they need replacing. Your windows get constantly battered by the elements, and your home can lose 35% of its heat straight out of the windows. Even more, if they are damaged or the seals aren’t working at their best. So it’s an important thing that’s worth getting right.
Cheap carpets fade, wear through, stain, become uncomfortable on your feet and fail to insulate a room. Good quality flooring looks fantastic, lasts years, keep heat in and sound out and give you, without doubt, the best feeling in the world when you put your feet on it first thing in the morning when you get out of bed, or when you first take your shoes off after a long day at work. Whether you prefer a modern laminate or a cosy carpet, contact Factory Direct Flooring for advice on how to get the job done right.
Loft insulation can be a large expense, but, over the time you live in your house it could save you a fortune on heating. 25% of your homes heat leaves through the roof and another 35% through the walls. Most modern homes are now built with great insulation. But, if your home is older it is worth spending a little to install loft and cavity wall insulation to keep your home warm. If your attic is accessible by a fixed staircase, you may be eligible for an insulation grant to help with the costs, so it’s definitely worth doing.
Often, our boilers work great all summer, then as soon as they start getting a lot more use, they die. Leaving us without heating and hot water as we head into the coldest days of the year. Boilers can expensive, but you can spend money before they breakdown to reduce the risk. Install a smart heating system, to make sure it’s as efficient as possible. Get the boiler insured, and make sure you have it serviced at the end of summer every year to keep it in good working order and pick up on any issues before they become more serious.