Three of the best ways to improve your home in 2013

By janifar brown, April 10, 2013

laura 1 300x181 Three of the best ways to improve your home in 2013

It’s the time of the year when you’ll probably be making some property improvements, whether they’re big or small. Warmer weather has finally arrived and homeowners are gearing up for the summer months ahead.

If a hot summer does make an appearance you don’t want to be stuck inside decorating your home instead of being out basking in the sunshine. So it’s the perfect time to think of some ways to improve your home and add value at the same time.

Here are three of the best ways you can add value to your home in 2013:

  • Install a conservatory

There’s no doubt about it; the costs and fees now associated with relocating has put many people off the big move. It now costs thousands of pounds in solicitor payments, estate agent fees and stamp duty alone. But for those families wanting a little extra space, this is available with the installation of a conservatory.

And the great news is that a conservatory will add over £9,000 to your home’s value and is seen as one of the best financial investments you could make in your property.

With a range of styles to choose from you’re able to create a unique appeal, and the conservatory can then be used for whatever you need. Probably the most popular use of a conservatory is for a dining room and the glass walls allow plenty of light into the area.

  • Replace your kitchen

Every evening you return home from work and often your first actions will be the planning and preparation of food for dinner. After a day in the office you don’t want to be returning to worn units, scratched surfaces and out of date appliances.

The kitchen, as the hub of the home, should have a modern vibe with sophistication and class. Unfortunately this can’t be said for many people’s kitchen. The beauty with replacing your kitchen is that there’s a wealth of choice and materials to suit a range of budgets.

You don’t have to spend a fortune and if you’re strapped for cash, perhaps even consider the replacement of the cupboard doors. Just making this small change can see an excellent improvement on your kitchen.

  • Add renewable technology

Renewables have become popular throughout the UK. They offer a way to escape the increasing prices of gas and electricity, with solar panels and heat pumps particularly sought after. Solar power is the fastest growing energy source in the country and allows you to cut energy bills, earn a Government-backed income and reduce your carbon footprint too.

So how does this all work? Well, solar panels are mounted on the rooftop of a property and capture natural daylight which is converted into electricity. Immediately you’re reducing your own bills because the power generated is completely free.

On top of this, for every unit of electricity you produce the Government-backed feed-in tariff scheme will pay out. In fact, with solar panels you can make thousands of pounds in profit and end your reliance on National Grid rates. Solar panels in London are particularly popular with nearly 35,000 online searches in the last month alone.

For more information on any of the above home improvements, and to read up on hundreds of alternative ideas, visit http://www.quotatis.co.uk.  Quotatis is a one-stop-shop where you can find crucial information on various products before requesting up to four free quotes for the work.

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