Christmas is arguably one of the busiest times of the year. However, once the guests have gone, and the tree and decorations are down, it might be a good time to have a long hard look at your home. Is its sparkle starting to fade, does it need a touch of TLC or does it require more substantial home improvements to return it to its former glory? One or more of our 6 home improvement ideas for 2020, might be just what your home needs.
Why wait until Spring to give your home a thorough clean? The festive season can take its toll on your house, with wrapping paper pieces, tinsel strands or pine needles to name but a few, hiding in hard to reach places. Grab the vacuum cleaner, polish, mop, sponge and bucket and make your house sparkle from top to toe. Not only is cleaning a good work out for the body, but it is also good for the mind too! Step back and admire your clean surroundings. You never know you might even uncover those long-lost items, that you thought you would never see again!
If your rooms are starting to look tired and dated, a few rolls of statement wallpaper and coats of fresh new paint could be all your room needs to spring back to life in 2020. Remember, in order to achieve that professional look, preparation is key. Take time to sand down wooden surfaces and fill any holes or cracks. Use good quality tools, you don’t want unwanted brush hairs, spoiling your finished result. Top statement colour choices for 2020 are burnished red with navy, or mustard with mauve. It seems grey might have had its day too, with neutrals predicted to make a comeback.
Has your carpet seen better days, with stains and bare patches appearing? If so, it might be time to replace your existing flooring, but which is better, carpet, wood or laminate, or if you have a conservatory – tiles? Carpet is more comfortable underfoot, but it traps smells, which if you have pets, can greatly reduce its appeal. It is also susceptible to wear and tear and stains. Wooden, laminate or tiled flooring is exceptionally durable and very easy to clean. In addition, wooden, laminate or tiled flooring is more hygienic as it isn’t a potential breeding ground for fleas or dust mites. Wooden and tiled flooring is colder underfoot, so if it’s covering a large area, it might be wise to choose a nice rug. It is possible to fit carpets, wooden or laminate flooring yourself, but unless you’re competent, get your new flooring professionally fitted.
Has the cold air, found its way into your home this winter through gaps in ill-fitting windows or doors? Or maybe your home no longer has the kerb appeal it once had? The benefits of replacing your existing windows or doors are many. Not only will your home be warmer, with less cold and draughty spots, but it will also be far more energy-efficient as the warm air will stay in your house, rather than escaping outside. Replacing outdated double glazing will also help improve sound insulation, helping to block out unwanted noise, allowing you to enjoy the peace and quiet in your home.
Modern replacement windows are available in a variety of styles and materials, uPVC, uPVC wood effect, timber or aluminium. Each type is easily customisable with colour for that modern, bespoke look, without compromising on safety, energy efficiency, thermal insulation or ease-of-use maintenance.
Replacement doors, be they entrance or external, are also available in a variety of materials, with each material being energy-efficient, secure and durable. uPVC, timber, aluminium and composite doors are all available in different design styles and are customisable through a range of colour choices and finishes.
Is your boiler on its last legs, does it fail to adequately heat your water and central heating system? These are signs that it might be time to replace your boiler with a more energy-efficient one. According to the Energy Savings Trust, replacing your boiler with an A-rated condensing boiler and a set of thermostats can save you between £170 – £315 a year on your fuel bill. A new boiler will make your home safer by minimizing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and will also add value to your property.
Do you have broken fence panels, weeds, brambles, dead plants or semi- buried objects making your outside space an eye-sore? Transforming your garden area, is a relatively inexpensive way to give your home an instant face lift. Tackle any weeds that are coming up, and blast your decking, patio or drive with a jet washer. Treat your lawn to a manicure by giving it a good rake and neaten the edges. If the grass is looking tired, give it a good feed (read the instructions carefully on how it should be applied), and treat any bare patches with grass seed. Look at your fencing. Can it be spruced up with a new coat of preservative or paint, or would it benefit from replacing? For that final flourish, maybe add some beautiful plants in a pot either side of your front door.
Hopefully, these home improvement suggestions have given you some idea on how to make the most from your home. If you would like some expert advice on replacing your window or doors, Budget Windows have a proud history of installing home improvements throughout Hertfordshire and North London. For more details about any of our product range, including windows, doors and glazed extensions, give us a call on 01727 832 333 or get a quote online today.
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