Home improvement and refurbishment – Popular home improvements

Home Improvement and RefurbishmentAs a nation, we love home improvements. It’s a task that tops survey after survey, with more and more UK homeowners keen to make it a top priority to undertake all sorts of home improvement/refurbishment jobs, from fitting a new bathroom suite to giving the whole house a new make-over. 

Aside from injecting new life into a home and making it more comfortable and aesthetically appeasing for its inhabitants, home improvements can add value to a property. However it does depend on the type of home improvement and refurbishment. Whilst a fresh coat of paint and some interior design work will make your home look more inviting and add a new lease of life, it won’t particularly increase it’s value. But building an extension, converting the loft or adding double glazing will.

We have a number of different companies listed who can carry out all your refurbishment requirements at competitive fees. This spans from fully renovating a property, to fitting new flooring or doors, and painting and decorating. Every internal building upgrade can be catered for with one of our registered firms.

Popular home improvements

Home improvement/refurbishment projects vary in size, budget and time scale. At the lower end of the scale we have painting and decorating, whilst installing a new fitted kitchen, converting your loft or cellar and adding a conservatory are the most expensive types of home improvements.

Popular home improvement types include:

  • Adding a new bathroom suite – bathrooms can date quite easily and due to the amount of use after a few years can easily look rather shabby. Existing bathrooms can be spruced up with a fresh coat of paint and adding new vanity units and new tiles. Alternatively, if you want something a bit different, consider a wet room instead.
  • Extensions – building an extension to add value and space, extensions can be utilised for a wide range of purposes; from increasing the size of the kitchen to adding an extra bedroom.
  • Converting a loft or garage – a loft or garage conversion is a practical way of adding extra space and value – particularly if you haven’t got enough outside space for a traditional extension.
  • Installing a new kitchen – kitchens can sell a home. That’s a fact. The hub of most homes, a kitchen that has the wow factor is far more saleable than a similar home with a worn and dated looking kitchen. Whilst it’s quite easy to spend tens of thousands creating a modern designer kitchen, even just replacing old counter tops and cabinets can inject a new lease of life. A kitchen makeover doesn’t necessarily need to cost the earth.
  • Fitting new carpets or wooden flooring – it’s amazing how new carpets and/or new flooring can transform a home.
  • Giving the garden a makeover – it’s easy to overlook the outside space, which is effectively a room itself. Fitting decking, laying a new patio, adding subtle lighting and planting a few shrubs can all help to transform your garden’s appearance for the better.
  • Installing new uPVC double glazing – with fuel bills continually rising, energy efficiency is becoming increasing important to homeowners.  Installing uPVC windows reduces energy bills increasing the energy efficiency of your property at the same time.
  • Painting and decorating – it can be messy; it can be time consuming but adding a fresh few coats of paint is a guaranteed way to lift your home’s spirits – inside and out.

Reasons why homeowners implement home improvements

Whether it’s to add value to a property or to add additional rooms, increasingly homeowners are turning to home improvements. And, depending on the project, it can be for numerous reasons:

  • To add additional living space
  • To make the property more attractive to potential buyers
  • To add value to the home
  • To make the property more energy efficient

From painting and decorating companies and double glazing firms to landscape gardeners and kitchen companies, Builder Guide has a wide range of tradespeople keen to quote for your home improvement job.

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