Carrying out home improvements 'is cost effective'
28th Mar 2012
People who carry out improvements on a property may find that the process can make them money in the long run, particularly when it comes to selling the house.
Martin Lewis, the money saving expert, said that improving a property can help to boost house prices if it is down right, and often the amount that is added to the home value can exceed the price of carrying out the work.
"Whatever you're buying, whether it's furniture or design, you need to sit there and work out exactly what you want – what are the basic requirements for the goods which you're going to buy.
Once people have worked out what they want and need, anything that is extraneous is not needed, so people should not be sold on it.
When it comes to design such as artwork this is not possible, but when it is something like a pot of paint or shelving unit, they can compare the price and be "much more efficient" in your purchasing decisions, though this may take longer.
Jason Orme, editor at Homebuilding & Renovating, recently acknowledged that spring is the time of year when many people begin to think about how they can spruce up their home's interior and exterior.
However, rather than employing tradesmen to do the work, many tasks could easily be carried out by the homeowners, he noted.
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