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There are lots of reasons why you might be considering improving your
home.


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home, improvements, DIY


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There are lots of reasons why you might be considering improving your
home. You have to live in it, after all, and if some part of your home
seems to be getting past its sell-by date then it’s natural to want to
replace it. Also, many home improvements can increase the value of your
home by significantly more than the improvement itself cost.

Some of the most common home improvements are new bathrooms, new
kitchens, and extensions to add extra rooms such as bedrooms, a study or
a conservatory. There are also plenty of home improvements you can do
that are less visible, however, such as improving your plumbing or
electrics.

When you start to undertake any home improvement project, the first
decision you have to take is whether you will do it yourself or hire a
professional. While DIY can save you money in theory, you will often find
that the savings are minimal, as you will not get good prices on
materials and will have to spend much more time on the improvements than
they would otherwise have needed. You can do well at DIY, and it can be
fun, but don’t try to run before you can walk: do small projects first,
and gradually build up from there, instead of starting out with a grand
design and no idea how to achieve it.

If you’re mainly doing a home improvement because you think it will add
value to your home, make sure to check that it actually will. People are
often shocked to discover that the value of their house goes down when
they build rooms over their garden, for example, as the garden space was
actually more valuable than the extra room that has been added. In most
cases, the best thing to do is to add improvements that you actually find
useful, not ones that you think someone else will like: if you like them,
the chances are that the housing market will too.

				
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