Minor property improvements 'can make a big difference'
7th Jun 2012
People can make a significant difference to their property and considerably boost its value by making some minor improvements, it has been claimed.
According to Andrew Leech, director at the National Home Improvement Council, the roof is the first thing that householders should address.
From making sure there are no slipping tiles to sorting out broken flashings around the chimney, they are the kinds of jobs that professionals can look at and fix in a relatively short space of time before any major damage is done.
Outside of this, the majority of home improvements could be undertaken without any major fuss or expense, even though they could significantly boost the property's value, he noted.
"Insulation is a major thing – cutting out all of the drafts and keeping yourself warm. Insulation is one of the most economical solutions to energy efficiency. It is low priced, very cost efficient and will have a couple of years' payback period," Mr Leech added.
During the summer is also a good time to consider having new windows or doors put in, which could boost both the appearance and energy efficiency of a property, and ultimately its overall value, for a relatively modest outlay, the specialist explained.
Posted by Staff Writer: Frances McDonald
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