Choosing the best improvements for your home
Improving your home is a very personal undertaking. One person’s improvement can sometimes be another’s disaster. There are certain home improvements that are acknowledged as being universally positive; improving your standard of living and increasing the value of your home. On the other hand, there are some home improvement myths that are completely false.
To help you make the best decision when it comes to improving your home, at Global Windows we’ve compiled a list of five home improvement myths for you to be aware of.
1. DIY will always save you money
There are certain jobs that an experienced DIYer can complete to a reasonably high standard. There are others such as electrical, plumbing, and glazing installations that should always be left to the experts. These jobs are highly skilled and require a qualified professional. They should come with the necessary industry accreditation and a product and work guarantee. Trying to save money by doing skilled jobs yourself could cost you a lot of money to fix in the long run and can even make your home unsafe.
2. All renovations are good
Many home renovations are an excellent idea and will greatly improve your home. Some, however, may have a negative impact on your property’s standard and value. Badly fitted windows or a draughty door are examples of negative renovation work. Knocking through walls to create an open plan living area or combining two large bedrooms into one may sound like a good idea in theory. In reality, it can reduce the energy efficiency of your home and have a negative impact on its resale value.
3. Follow the latest design trends
Design trends come and go. When planning a home renovation project, it’s best to choose products that will suit your property type, not what is fashionable at the time. A good example is replacing windows in a period property. Fashionable Anthracite Grey uPVC or aluminium casement windows are great for a modern property but will look out of place on a more traditional home. Try to match your replacement windows with your existing ones with replica sash windows finished with a realistic wood effect.
4. Interior improvements are more important than exterior
As most of us spend more time inside our home than outside; the exterior of your property is often overlooked. Your home’s exterior however, is just as important to maintain as the inside. From both an aesthetic and protective perspective; keeping your property’s exterior in good condition is perhaps even more important than your home’s interior.
5. Always choose neutral colour schemes
White or wood effect windows are timeless and will suit almost any property. This doesn’t mean that you should disregard adding a bit of colour to your home. When you want to add some personality and vibrancy to your home; coloured window frames will create a striking impression on any home.
If you’d like to find out more about Global Windows call 0800 610 1234 or contact us online. We are located in Sheffield and also service South Yorkshire, Chesterfield, Derbyshire and beyond. We are always happy to offer advice on the best solution for your home improvement plans.