Improving your Windows and Doors

Doing house renovations can get expensive, especially when it comes to the exterior of your house.

Your home exterior is what 99% of people see. People might drive past, or the postman might deliver your parcels, but only a select few will actually step inside. This is why you want your home exterior to look nice. So how can you improve it without spending the earth? You need to think about improving your windows and doors. I only recently heard about window and door spraying and I’m seriously considering it.

When me and Jay bought our house, we hated the look on the outside (still do, because much hasn’t changed on the exterior). We’ve got white uPVC windows which isn’t too bad, however the sills underneath the windows are brown, as is the front door. I hate our front door and windows, but instead of getting them replaced, I could simply get them sprayed. If we can get improving our windows and doors, our house will sell much more easily. We want the outside to look inviting and modern, and this is a great way to do so.


What is window spraying?

The spraying means you can transform the look of your home (inside and out) by having your windows sprayed a different colour. A company like The Restoration Group will come in, fully clean your windows, spray them in your chosen colour and then check over their work.

You can choose from a large variety of colours, and have your windows transformed in a day.


Why should you do it?

Improving your windows and doors by getting them replaced can cost you a few thousand pounds. I was honestly shocked when I looked at the price of standard uPVC double glazed windows. They cost how much?! Choosing to spray them instead can save you up to 80% of the cost of completely replacing your fittings!

Replacing windows can also get messy as your home is opened up to the elements. You’ll need scaffolding to hold everything up whilst they’re replaced, which adds even more cost. However, spray painting your windows and doors means no building work or mess, and they are fully dry after 24 hours.

Most companies will also offer a 10-year guarantee. If you’re like me, you might have thought, How long will it last? Will the paint peel in the rain? Well it shouldn’t do, and if it does, then you’re covered for a few years.


Luckily, there are various companies who are here to save the day. The Restoration Group have done plenty of work like this in the past, so check out their process and enquire! I’m definitely intrigued to see if we can get our windows and doors to finally match up and improve our curb appeal.


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Adding Value To Your Home

Adding value to your home is hugely important when you’re trying to sell it.

Buying a home is something that many of us are aiming to do at some stage in our lives.

It happens to be one of the biggest purchases you make. Houses will hold their value or even increase if you do the right things. The proof in this is that 100-year-old houses sell just as easily as new builds.

Many people choose to invest in their property rather than pensions as a way of funding their retirement for the future. One sure fire way to make sure you get the most out of it is to add value yourself rather than relying on the market. But what are the best ways to do that? I wanted to share with you some of your options for adding value to your home.


Adding an extension

First of all, there is an extension. This is one of the biggest jobs and the most profitable ways of adding value to your home.

If you have a decent back garden, a garage, or a lot of land at the side then you could have scope for making a great extension. There are certain things you need to do first, such as get a drain survey and plans drawn up.

You will also need to enlist the help of building professionals as an extension requires not just the building, but the heating and wiring and even plumbing depending on what you are doing. So it can also be a pricey job to take on. However, adding more square footage means more money in your valuation which is only a good thing.


Adding a conservatory or orangery

If you like the idea of adding more living space but don’t perhaps have the budget for a full scale extension then a conservatory or orangery is a great option. It enables you to extend a room at the back or side of your house. Perhaps off the kitchen so the conservatory becomes a dining or seating area. It doesn’t take as long, and while we still have wiring and building things to organise, it can often be a quick and easy way to add more profit to your home.


Changing some of the big ticket rooms in the house

There are rooms in a home that can add the most value when updated and changed. This tends to be the kitchen and the bathroom. They are the two rooms in a home that are used the most, and are therefore what people want when they are searching for a new home themselves. So it is an excellent way of making extra money if you are hoping to boost the valuation and add more money to your investment plans or future savings.


Modernising it

Finally, if you are not big on the whole DIY side of things then just adding a few modern touches could really help increase the value of the property. You could update the electrics, add a fresh coat of paint or just change the floors to new carpets or wooden flooring. Again if you don’t want to do the work there are plenty of building firms who can take on these smaller jobs as well.


I hope that some of these tips help you when it comes to adding value to your home!