Whether you’re intent on living in your home for years to come, or to selling it and moving on to pastures new, there’s a lot to be said for home improvement. Several modifications will significantly bolster the value of the property, and make it that much more comfortable and pleasant to live in. But which of these measures provides the greatest return on the investment? Let’s take a look at a few leading contenders.
Heating of this sort provides a touch of luxury to kitchens and bathrooms. There’s nothing quite like heading downstairs, barefoot, on a cold winter’s morning, and not having to put up with icy tiling under your feet. Underfloor heating, obviously, requires taking up your existing floor – so save it for when you’re carrying out renovations.
Replacing your internal doors will make a big difference to sound insulation. No longer will you have to put up with noise pollution when you’re trying to work from home. Moreover, it might make a big difference in the way that your home looks. A natural-wood finish might look the part – but then, so too might classic white internal doors.
Insert some Greenery
Human beings are adapted to find certain things pleasing to look at. Near the top of the list is anything green. Surrounded by thriving plants, we tend to be more contented – that’s why so-called ecotherapy is so recommended by mental health charities. Fortunately, you can bring some of the garden indoors with the help of a few carefully-placed houseplants.
You’d be astonished how much water a decent dehumidifier can suck out of the air in your home in a given day. They’re great for drying out clothes, or for dealing with kitchens and bathrooms with under-active extractor fans. As well as staving off problems like damp in older properties, a dehumidifier will also make the air in your home easier to heat, which can actually mean lowered bills in winter, as your heating won’t need to work anywhere near as hard.
Change your Lighting
The way that your home is lit makes a huge difference to the way that it looks at night – and it could make a big difference to your bills, too. Choose LED bulbs – but make sure that you don’t do anything for too bright in bedrooms and bathrooms, as doing so could interfere with your late-night wind-down.