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Month: July 2016

20 Sure Ways to Add Value to Your Home

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Renovation expert Michael Holmes offers his advice on unleashing potential in your home. Number two on his list reads:

Adding or updating the central heating system will always add more to the value of a property than it costs. It will be considered an essential by most buyers and mortgage valuers. Using a plumber to add central heating to an average three bedroom Victorian or Edwardian house will cost £3–4,000.

Updating the heating system needs to be done in conjunction with improving the general energy efficiency of the building. Consider:

  • sealing any drafts around doors and windows (but not airbricks)
  • replacing windows that are beyond repair with double glazing
  • add insulation into the loft space

If the existing boiler is in reasonable working order and has adequate output for the heat requirement of the building, always try to make use of it with the exception of boilers that draw their air intake from inside the house. If the boiler has sufficient capacity, you could add new radiators and a heated towel rail, or underfloor heating to the existing system.

Read the rest of Michael’s tips here.

Which home improvements pay off?

If you are considering adding loft insulation, you could also consider adding loft insulation boards and invest in some upgrades to get an extra bedroom. According to valuers in The Halifax Home Improvement Survey 2006, loft conversions represent the best value for money. Prices start at around £8000 and most lofts with a roof height of at least 2.4 metres are suitable for conversion. Loft conversions are normally used to add another bedroom, and there’s often space for a value-boosting en-suite.

Getting a modern boiler also pays off. Investments to improve central heating and a modern boiler are a safe bet. Figures from Nationwide suggest this can add 13% to the value of a property.

Even if your property is already kitted out, investment in a new high-efficiency boiler is worth considering. These can cost £100-£200 more than conventional boilers, but will reduce your heating bills and attract ‘green’ buyers.

Read more from Ourproperty.co.uk

You can upgrade your heating system with upright radiators by Warmrooms.co.uk that will not only pump heat effectively into every room in your home, but also look great and modernise your space at the same time so your home won’t look so old, even though it is.

Read more from ukhomeimprovement.co.uk



Should I invest in upgrading my home?

Last month I went to meet with Dr Franz Fuerst at Cambridge University. I wanted to ask him about his research, which states that improving the energy rating of my house can give me more money when I sell it.

Here is the thing. I love my home. I’ve done lots of changes to it already, lighter colours, removed a wall, changed some windows. But there are still a few things that needs doing. My energy bills are quite high as my flat is not so well insulated, and my boiler is also quite old. This makes the flat pretty cold in the winter, and even if the old windows and high ceilings are very beautiful, it is not very comfortable.

If I improve some of these things,  I know my flat will be much more comfortable, and I will save money on the power bill every year. But, I just don’t have a clue about which contractors to contact, where to start, how long it will take or how much it will cost. I’m also not really sure how much I would save. If I save £50 per year, do I have to wait ten years before my investment is paid back? It all seemed like so much hassle, so I never really ended up doing anything about it.

But then I came across Franz’ research saying that if I do these things, and after meeting with him, I am totally convinced about his research.

That is why I’ve started Polareco. So that when you go through the same thought process that I did, and you’re about to give up, just call us.

Looking forward to talking to you!

Mina Weydahl

Founder, Polareco.

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