Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Tips for getting started with home improvements

If you have recently bought a new home or recently moved in you may not have done any work yet. Sometimes this can feel a bit overwhelming and it can be easy to lose track or not know what to prioritise. This is why we have decided to offer a few tips to help you get started with home improvements.

Why are you doing it?

This may sound obvious. However the reason why needs to be clear- is it because you have a specific design style in mind or are looking to revamp its current look? Alternatively you may be looking to sell the house and are looking at ways to make it more attractive to potential buyers.

The reason this is important is that sometimes these goals can conflict- in both cases you want your home to look good. In the case of something you are doing for yourself the only real limit is what you want and whether or not you have the budget to pay for it.

When it comes to changing a home’s interior decoration to sell it on this becomes a bit more complicated- you need to think about how much light is let into the room in order to make it more spacious, using neutral colours rather than overly bold ones that stand out and generally reducing anything that stands out too much. Also remember to budget it out- you have to be reasonably realistic when it comes to recouping the money from your improvements!

How are you doing it?

There are a number of things that you can do yourself in order to change the look of a room. Simple things like moving furniture, changing the upholstery and removing clutter can often make a surprisingly big impact and sometimes this can be enough.

You then have the bigger jobs such as fitting towel rails, shelves and so forth. If you are confident in your skills then you can do this yourself. However if not it be may be better to get an experienced contractor in to do the work.

It cannot be emphasised enough- shop around! Most experts recommend getting three full quotes from different contractors. Remember to look at their experience and qualifications as well as the prices they quote (it is also worth checking to ensure there are no hidden costs such as liability insurance- if in doubt, ask!)

There are contract templates available online and the best contractors ought to be willing to negotiate with you. Remember- never pay for the full amount for contractors up front!
It doesn’t have to all be at once

Finally remember that you don’t necessarily need to get all the improvements done instantly. For one thing you can spread the cost if you do it gradually over time and it also means you can consider what is the kind of style that appeals to you and what works best.

If you budget carefully, shop around for the right items and people then you can develop your own distinct interior decoration style without necessarily breaking the bank!

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